The Shabak Downtown Accelerator for dual-use technologies in Ashkelon

Are you a startup founder wanting to make an impact, discover new verticals, and grow your business? The Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) and SOSA HLS invite you to apply and discover how your solutions can solve the challenges of the security sector in our unique southern accelerator.

Tel Aviv
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The program starts on

January, 2023

Application closes

About the program

The Shabak-SOSA Downtown Accelerator is a unique dual use tech program designed to bridge the civilian and security world. The program supports the development process for the unique security needs and challenges of the southern district. The program will accelerate innovative ideas and support them in POCs and real-world implementations, allowing participants to work hand in hand with Shabak design partners.
The Accelerator program is located in Ashkelon and Tel Aviv.

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The program is seeking solutions in the following areas:




Robotics & Drones


Video & Audio Analysis


Person Identity Verification


Edge Computing & Analysis


Out-of-the-Box Innovative Technologies

Why join?

Put your technology to the test

Selected startups will have the opportunity to implement their solutions in real-world scenarios with Israel’s security agency - The Shabak.

Get a $50,000 non-equity grant

The program will provide the startups with a non-equity grant of $50,000 to lay the groundwork for transition into the security sector.

Include your potential client in your development process

The Shabak’s internal customer will join your team as a champion, and together you will lead the POC process in a success-oriented path.

Gain access to a global network

Participants will receive guidance, mentorship and support from the SOSA HLS team, as well as access to SOSA’s global network of investors, multinational corporations and industry leaders.

Get the business tools you need

Participating startups will receive legal, business, accounting and marketing mentoring. SOSA’s innovation experts will map out participant’s needs and devise a financial plan built to achieve milestones.

Develop commercially and technologically

Participants will be exposed to potential investors and relevant industries in order to assist their commercial and technological development.
Ron Shafran
First cohort of The Downtown Accelerator
"I couldn't recommend the Downtown Shabak Accelerator program enough. It helped us refine and zero in on our product during its critical stage and adapt our product and company specifically for the Homeland Security ecosystem. The program schedule, the design partner from Shabak and the grant were a huge step for Flyz Robotics to become a global leader in the Robotics for Deployment Of Things (DOT) market."

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