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Israel’s Best Emerging Startups From DLD

The annual DLD innovation festival in Tel Aviv brings together some of Israel’s most exciting new technologies.

As reported in Israel21C:

The names Vision Dojo, Co-Play, and HopIt probably don’t sound familiar. But if their developers can work their magic and move these emerging startups forward, these Israeli newbies – along with dozens of others – will become household names.

The bubbling Israeli startup scene is renowned worldwide. There are tech gatherings, conferences and meetups all the time.

But when the annual DLD (Digital Life Design) Tel Aviv Innovation Festival rolls into town, it’s always a guarantee that the country’s up-to-the-minute innovation, creativity and ingenuity will take center stage. Below are some of Israel’s best emerging start-ups from DLD 2016.


Ran Meged, founder and CEO of Know-Now, believes his groundbreaking information system, HopIt, is a must-have for everyone seeking answers online.

The fighter pilot-turned-tech-entrepreneur’s company has created a proprietary machine-learning algorithm that doesn’t search for the information in your query but rather for people likely to have that information. If you need the phone number of a restaurant owner, a HopIt search will put you in touch with someone connected to the owner.

HopIt is currently in beta form in Israel and will go live to the world at the end of October.

Yehonatan Rimon, CEO of, has seen his Solo App downloaded over 1.5 million times since its release in the App Store in April. Solo’s first-of-its-kind selfie video and photo technology is sure to be a magnet for copycats.The Ra’anana-made artificial neural networks technology lets users take a video and superimpose themselves on any background, sans green screen. “We know which pixel belongs where,” Rimon explains as to how his company gets around the green screen requirement.Want to see yourself in front of the Taj Mahal or dancing beside your favorite rock star? can make it happen.


Vicomi is a one-of-a-kind emotional analytics platform. Eli Ken-Dror, CEO and cofounder of Vicomi, wants to see his product at the end of every article you read online.If a story makes you feel happy, you click on Vicomi’s “happy” widget, and the algorithm finds other “happy” content for you on the same site, effectively increasing user engagement. Since launching in 2013, Vicomi has 70 million unique users and over 25,000 content publishers.


SmarTap’s patented shower system lets you control water temperature, pressure and amount of steam, reducing energy and water usage.

A two-year pilot program at the Sheraton in Tel Aviv was so successful that the hotel installed SmarTap on two floors of suites. Hotels in London, France and Brussels will test the system next.

WorkGroup and Co-Play  are targeting the group decision-making market. Both Israeli startups say tools like Facebook and WhatsApp are difficult to use for social and business interaction because the conversations continue forward without an option to scroll back to a specific topic.

Co-Play CEO Hagai Folkman tells ISRAEL21c that his company’s scientific-based system to manage meetings and decision-making is a “new channel for communication.”

WorkGroup’s founder and CEO Ami Ben David says his company’s task-management app (desktop and mobile) meshes the likes of Trello and WhatsApp together. WorkGroup’s app has been on the market for nearly four months and already counts over 10,000 groups – with growing communities in Spain and Brazil.

Vision Dojo, a tech-meets-art-installation outfit, did the impossible in getting tech fans to dance outdoors in a public space. This little company came into being in February as a unique project for the Israeli Burning Man Festival. The idea is simple: a deejay spins beats while people dance in front of a sensor and create a real-time colorful art mural with their movements. The art is projected onto a white screen.

Interested in learning more about the Israeli innovation ecosystem and emerging Israeli start-ups? The Israel Trade Commission organises annual delegations to DLD Tel Aviv. The BRIDGE: Israel-Australia Investment Summit, which will take place on the 8-9th of November in Sydney, is another must-add to the mix for Australian investors interested in Israeli innovation.