Mission: Innovation

September 10-14, 2023
An innovation bootcamp for European diplomats based in Israel, designed to provide an immersive deep dive into the Israeli tech environment

You are invited to apply to a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive bootcamp that will provide you with all of the in-and-outs to understand the Israeli ecosystem and build your own innovation toolbox. The bootcamp will take place in person between 10-14 September 2023.


What is Mission: Innovation ?

This full stack 5-day bootcamp in the Israeli ecosystem goes beyond the usual introductions, and drills down to the key drivers of tech ecosystem relation management. This includes government funding schemes, academia and startups, the role of the IDF, community builders, corporates and more. All aspects of the programme are designed to provide the participants with a genuine integration into the Israel ecosystem, high value and impact. Highlights of the programme include hands-on workshops in innovation management and implementation based on Israeli best practices, providing you with the tools to amplify your country’s scientific, commercial, and technological collaborations with Israel. No stone will be left unturned, and you will end the week deeply engaged with the ins and outs of this fascinating ecosystem.


Who is this for?

The ideal participant is A European Diplomat or official dealing with innovation or trade - based in Israel.

Diplomats looking to deep-dive into Israel’s vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem, to create an actionable working road map, and build the best collaborations for their country.

New diplomats looking to develop a hands on approach, gain access to the Israeli ecosystem and become part of an exclusive peer network.

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Jean-Baptiste Labrune

Jean-Baptiste Labrune

“The Mission Innovation is exactly the kind of these unique new programs, providing not only access to the key actors in very specific innovative areas but also a way to get to know them in a very professional yet informal setting in a very short period of time. Our next mission as European Diplomats in Israel is perfectly aligned with the Mission Innovation goals, that is to say, to initiate long-term innovation programs between Israel and the EU, with the guidance and resources of the EIT.”
Keren uk

Keren Shurkin

“This crash course on the Israeli innovation ecosystem was an essential opener to my role in Science and Tech diplomacy in Israel. I am massively grateful to EIT for the carefully curated, thoughtful and professional course. The contacts I made there are now close friends and colleagues.”

Arunas Karlonas

”We had a chance to meet the key stakeholders, government experts, tech entrepreneurs, VCs, etc. We had a unique possibility to learn the ways the Israelis create and develop innovative products and services, establish connections in the ecosystem, jointly develop technologies and projects”.


Established in 2017 in Tel Aviv, IWB Diplomatic Forum is an independent international organization for public-private cooperation that bridges the Israeli innovation ecosystem for the international community of innovation managers from over 50 embassies based in Israel.



Formulates, implements and presents the foreign policy of the Government of Israel. 

It represents the state vis-a-vis foreign governments and international organizations, explains its positions and problems throughout the world, endeavors to promote its economic, cultural, and scientific relations, and fosters cooperation with developing countries. 


Sample Agenda

*This agenda is based on the 2022 delegation and is subject to change.


Day 0

Cultural Immersion

Journey into Israel's human and geographical landscape, the basis of your work in the country. This immersion will allow you to gain a fresh perspective of the local business culture.

Day 1

Welcome to the Israeli Ecosystem

A professional overview of the Israeli innovation ecosystem, and personal introduction to key stakeholders such as the Israel Innovation Authority, Startup Nation Central, leading VCs, The Council for Higher Education and more.

Day 2

Ecosystem Building & Domain Deep Dive

A hands on workshop to build your roadmap and unique value proposition. In this day we will deep dive into leading domains and meet the key players in each field such as climate, energy, food-tech, AI, health and more. An evening networking event - Meet the Diplomats - where you are the guests of honour.

Day 3

Developing Regions and Inclusiveness

Leaving Tel Aviv, we will travel to a lesser known innovation ecosystem, where you will discover Israel's minorities, and the innovative solutions that are taking Israel's periphery by storm.

Day 4

Summary and Next Steps

Looking ahead, gain practical tools and best practices that will take your trade and innovation strategies to the next level.


Mission:Innovation programme is valued at €4,000 for each participating member.

However, as European funding supports the program, the following funding schemes are available:

participant category

Participation Cost

EU Participants


Additional subsidy is available

Non-EU Participants

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Full access to the community network

Connect & Experience offers more than training. The C&E community network is an active EU online and offline community offering easy access to opportunities, curated content, matchmaking, soft landing services, and support. The community provides a space for community builders from Europe and Horizon Europe associated countries to interact, share best practices, and collaborate to enhance your startup community.

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Access to Healthcare

The Health not The Death is a fundamental human right. A healthy population is not to be seen as human and social capital, an input, or by-product, towards economic growth. Alongside a healthy and sustainable environment, a solidarity, a healthy population must be the ultimate goal especially nowadays in helping Ukrainian migrants with cancer and their families.

Solidarity in health is a cornerstone of EU health policy. There are wide disparities in many health outcomes across the region and those outcomes. The access rules dramatically affect healthcare systems which are at the forefront of the migrant way, the people who are searching for help and the way how we could enhance and support their healthier and wellbeing status.

In order to ensure their access to care and continued cure in need, the probability of receiving a timely diagnosis and of surviving differs greatly from country to country where they are now. There is lack of information, help and inequalities in access. People need help in navigating cancer knowledge, diagnostics, secondary monitoring and prevention, way of treatments, and care.

Shifting our mindset, supporting healthcare connectivity, removing inequalities overall across Europe is our mission and even more now in a time of crisis, helping the Ukrainian people dealing with cancer is a good place to begin this transformative revolution.

1) Whether we have a chance to foster more holistic and integrated approaches to receive information and care, by supporting coordination and maximising an enabling and health-enhancing effect of care across services from different countries?

2) Whether actions should address the social determinants of health, the countries where they are now, the health need which they have, the social and language barriers are the conditions which have to be taken into consideration in a coordinated manner?

How might we improve patients and /or people who seek healthcare support, access to healthcare services at an EU & the Member States Healthcare systems level? Especially in a time of crisis in Europe.

How might we support refugees fleeing from their countries by navigating them to medical centres to receive best available care?  


Predictive Treatment

Precision medicine aims to personalise care for every individual. Nongenomic and genomic determinants, combined with information from patient symptoms, clinical history, and lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, stress etc.), can facilitate personalised diagnosis and prognostics. Yet this goal requires access to massive amounts of data which may come from different structured and unstructured sources; these can be our medical records, laboratory testing, a range of medical devices as well as from the patient himself. AI & ML can combine input from these multiple sources, analyse them and identify biomarkers that can support health professionals make more informed decisions. The convergence of precision medicine with the advanced AI capabilities will improve the ability to personalise care – improve diagnosis, risk prediction as well as therapy planning.  

HCPs want to better predict treatment response, given uncertainty around which treatment to prescribe to which patient and when to prescribe. How do we risk assess the patients, match them with the right treatment (personalised). How can we transform the wealth of data and link it to the predictive nature of how the patient will respond?


Patient Journey Navigation

Being diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming and comes as a blow. Patients may feel on a roller coaster of emotions—they are scared, lost & confused not knowing what to expect, who to refer to, what to do and how to tell their loved ones.  They directly refer to “Dr. Google” to look for information about their disease, possible treatments, QoL strategies with the aim to have better understanding of their disease and learn how to better cope with their disease & treatment, yet information is not always valid, accessible, nor personalised or tailored to the patient’s status and needs therefore left with huge amounts of non-relevant information. Coming to the doctor, the physician’s time is limited and mostly focusing on the physical aspects of the disease & treatment, not leaving much time to ask questions nor discuss more holistic aspects of the disease such as emotional, psychological, social aspects. The patient (& caregiver in many cases) leaves the room with unanswered questions, doesn’t remember much of what has been said, and feels he is not heard, nor seen as a whole.

The need for navigating this journey along the emotional psychological stress is overwhelming & patients and their caregivers look for support (case manager/companion/partner) to help manage their disease holistically – starting from having clarity around their disease and treatment by having access to reliable and personalised information during their journey as well as having an integrated holistic care system , supporting them and their loved ones to navigate through the different aspects of their disease – medical, emotional, logistical, psychological, social, rights.

How can we support patients to navigate through the complexity of their disease and treatment ensuring they have validated holistic information about their disease journey & treatment and be empowered to  effectively manage their care 


Peer-to-Peer Medical Exchange

As medical events pivoted from conference centres and meeting rooms to the virtual settings, learning opportunities continue. Lectures and presentations are translated to the new digital world, yet the ability to connect and network is relatively lost. Peer interaction is essential not only for information exchange but to share practical insights, allows consultation & in-person experience cross country and across borders leading to better disease management.

This peer-based learning/ consultation is highly valued amongst practising clinicians and was generally achieved when HCPs and KOLs met their peers in national & Intl conferences, group debates, advisory boards and even during quick corridor conversations. Attempting to replicate these in-person experiences into the digital space creates challenges and are not effective nor impactful as face-to-face engagements. 

How might we improve HCP medical exchange enabling physicians to easily communicate, consult, exchange opinions leveraging individual experts & centres of excellence knowledge, experiences, and practices?

How can we leverage the technological expertise to allow HCPs to connect with leading experts across countries to get advice / counselling for their cases?


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