Necessity is the mother of innovation as the famous proverb goes and this is one of the many reasons that Israel flourishes with a tiny population and scarce natural resources in an unfriendly neighbourhood. Pioneering this year with our first Scholars in Entrepreneurship, who successfully pitched their ideas to win this world-class 10-day program to Israel, which according to the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce, is the first of its kind, has revealed a very interesting insight into the unique ecosystem of this young State. There are a wide variety of successful Start Ups, however, by and large, the world of e-commerce such as Amazon and Alibaba, are not notable highlights of the Start Up Nation’s portfolio. When it comes to fulfilling the visions of prophets like Isaiah, for example, opening the eyes of the blind and allowing the lame to walk once more, Israeli companies like Orcam and Rewalk are leading the way. Whether it is making the world a safer place through cybersecurity, curing diseases through MedTech break throughs, creating drinking water in places it never existed and tapping into our untapped resources through RenewableEnergyTech, Israel is serving as a light unto the nations.
Sitting here with our students from Moriah, with thousands of other Australian citizens to honour the Centenary of the Battle of Beersheva, I marvel at Israel’s inability to excel in areas that do not contribute in some way to healing the fractured world around us. One of the key ingredients of the secret sauce of Israel innovation is that failure is not fatal and success is never final – I think that not being able to champion gambling, e-tailing and the like is a failure we should be happy to accept. Whilst Israel focused on it’s own problems out of necessity, these ailments plague humanity as a whole, and as we share such innovation, we attempt to make this world a better place!