Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park Opens
September 10, 2013
The Times of Israel — With the recent inauguration of Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), the capital of Israel’s south is poised to become the capital of Israel’s high-tech and cyber security industry.
BGU is an academic research partner for the ATP, which is located adjacent to the University’s Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva.
When completed, the ATP will encompass 16 buildings on 23 acres, with 2 million square feet of office and lab space, a conference center and hotel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presided over the ATP’s gala ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 3, which was attended by government dignitaries, leaders of the high-tech business community, and academia, including BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Carmi said, “The opening of the Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva will be remembered as the turning point in the development of the Negev.
“We have always been at the geographical heart of Israel. Now we are on our way to becoming the true center for innovation and growth.”
A joint public-private partnership of BGU, the Beer-Sheva Municipality, KUD International LLC, and Gav-Yam Negev, the first building of the ATP was completed and occupied this summer by international companies that include Oracle, Deutsche Telekom, EMC², RSA, and ECI Telecom.
While there will be a variety of companies and technologies at the ATP, the emphasis will be on cyber security development.
Three more cybersecurity R&D labs and incubators — operated by Elbit, Oracle and Jerusalem Venture Partners — will be set up in the coming months.
In addition to industry, the government’s National Cyber Bureau is set to move into the ATP.
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