Founded in 1953, Israel Aerospace Industries is Israel’s first aerospace and defense company. From originally overhauling World War II-era aircraft during the the 1950s to co-developing the world renowned Iron Dome, IAI has played a critical role in shaping the history of Israel and the greater Middle East. Today, IAI features 4 business units – Elta Systems (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance), Systems Missiles & Space (space), Military Aircraft (UAS), and the Aviation Group (components & maintenance) – and also delivers land, naval, cyber, and space capabilities to customers worldwide.

  • 4

    Years of IAI Israel Innovation Center

  • 188

    Program Alumni

  • 11

    Innovation Center Cohorts

  • 58


  • 22

    Joint Project with Startups

  • 60%

    Participants Receiving First Order After Program


Since its inception in 2020, IAI’s original innovation center in Tel Aviv has rapidly emerged as a driving force behind transformative advancements in its field. By harnessing the unique capability of its engineers and the Start-Up Nation’s rich pool of tech expertise, the center has consistently delivered groundbreaking solutions to complex challenges across the technical spectrum. With such success, it is only fitting that the innovation center expands to capitalize on the same spirit of collaboration, cutting-edge research, and technological expertise inherent within the United States.

Founded in 2012, Starburst is an innovation catalyst in the global Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry. Combining three complementary activities–startup accelerators, strategy consulting, and venture investments–they help A&D stakeholders innovate, navigate and invest in the dynamic ecosystem. With offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Madrid, and Washington D.C., the team has built a robust community with 60+ partners and a portfolio of 140+ startups. Starburst’s leading Flagship Accelerator program helps startups scale their business in aviation, space, and defense with access to one of the largest groups of corporate representatives, government stakeholders, and private investors in the world to help startups win their first contracts.


  • 15000+

    Startups Screened

  • 140+

    Portfolio Startups

  • 80+

    FTE Worldwide

  • 0.5%

    Acceptance Rate for Global Flagship Accelerator


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