Tourist Tip #353 / Open Startup Tel Aviv

Open Startup allows visitors to see the entrepreneurs driving Israel's high-tech industry and discuss the lofty ideas they hope will change lives.

Want to know what it's like to work at a startup – those hubs of innovation where ideas big and small materialize (and then hopefully make a ginormous exit)? Well, there's no better place to find out than in Israel, which is reported to have more high-tech startups per capita than any other country in the world.

Next week, some of those companies will open their doors to the public – offering a sneak peek at the products they're developing – and the entrepreneurs behind them will share their experiences and discuss the lofty ideas they hope will change lives.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality organized the two-day event called Open Startup, which allows visitors to pop by some 60 startups based in the city, named second "Most Innovative City" in an online poll sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. Among the participating startups are some that have already made headlines, like fiverr, Get Taxi, moovit, Roomer, Taboola, Wibbitz and Wix, along with others that are working ''round the clock to make a splash.

The municipality has tried to make the event more manageable by breaking the dozens of startups down into groups and mapping out four routes – one for families, one for students and youths, one for geeks and one for those who want to "open their minds." Visitors can make their way to the various startup offices on October 16-17, from 5 to 10 P.M., and entry is free of charge.

On Thursday, there will also be a startup fair for kids in Kiryat Atidim, a high-tech park in northern Tel Aviv. Kids aged 3 to 10 will have a chance to test out new games being developed and attend a workshop on creative thinking – because, you know, it's never too soon to start working on that multimillion-dollar idea.

Bloomberg