2008 | Ruppin Campus, Emek Hefer
Liran Shahar, Co-Founder
Eli Barak, Co-Founder
We have an 'educate, facilitate, invest' approach that impacts the entire entrepreneurial journey of software and hardware startups
Yarok ('green' in Hebrew) is a national network of centers of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its first hub located in Emek Hefer, alongside the Ruppin Academic Center. With more than 2,500 square meters of space packed with cozy sofas, office spaces, and surrounded by green lawns and wooden benches Yarok is a perfect spot for the focused and aspiring entrepreneur.
“This particular location was chosen as the essence of Yarok is to provide professional services and amenities to entrepreneurs living outside Tel-Aviv and the major cities," says Yarok’s co-founder Liran Shahar. "We believe that deep-tech startups would benefit from being close to their home in the suburbs, and in fact Yarok's community grows every day.”
Shahar mentions deep-tech not by coincidence. Yarok focuses on startups tackling big and global engineering or scientific challenges, usually around multidisciplinary solutions involving software and hardware. Among its core activities are robotics and space programs for young adults (aged 16 and older), entrepreneurship and innovation programs with nearby academic institutes. There are events and meetups for the local members, and Yarok runs its own makerspace enabling founders to build prototypes
with equipment such as 3D printers, composite materials, electronics, and more.
Yarok's community includes hundreds of entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys, investors looking for interesting investments, and curious visitors living in the region.
Photos courtesy of Yarok