Israel has been heralded as both a model of innovation success as well as a source of innovation policy insights for other countries. In addition to leading nearly all countries in spending on research and development as a share of GDP, Israel’s high-tech firms attract massive amounts of venture capital, benefit from deep integration in global technology value chains, and have fostered rich partnerships with global firms and researchers. Israel’s well-educated and skilled researchers have developed many cutting-edge information technology products and components and the country is a leader in encryption, anti-virus software, and other cyber-security technologies.
So how has Israel become a leader in research and innovation? How much of Israel’s success is due to policy and institutional choices, and how much to cultural and historical circumstances? What outstanding challenges to innovation performance does Israel face and how are these being addressed? What can Canada learn from Israel’s experience?
Join Daniel Munro as he draws on recent data, literature and discussions with Israeli decision-makers and experts to answer these questions and more. Learn how innovation performance in Canada and Israel compare on key indicators, what factors explain some of the differences, and what lessons Canada should (and should not) draw from Israel’s experience.