Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is proud to have been the moving force behind the creation of the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to the University’s Marcus Family Campus. The original brainchild of former University President Prof. Avishay Braverman, the ATP is a public-private partnership of BGU, the Beer-Sheva Municipality, KUD International L LC and Gav-Yam.
Covering an area of 23 acres (93 dunams) adjacent to the University, the Soroka University Medical Center and the future base of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) elite technology units, the ATP is slated to become Israel’s most exciting new center for business and innovation. It will redefine the local job market, attracting a critical mass of hi-tech and bio-tech employment opportunities to Israel’s southern region, and strengthening the country as a whole.
Based on the synergy of high level applied research and Israel’s famed entrepreneurial spirit, the ATP maximizes the collaborative relationship between academia and industry and the open flow of ideas. University researchers, students and alumni are joining some of the world’s most exciting entrepreneurial companies in fields such as data storage, cyber security, telecommunications, nanotechnology and breakthrough pharmaceuticals.
BGN Technologies, the University’s technology transfer company, is leveraging the University’s intellectual capital to create, together with participating ATP companies, an atmosphere that encourages the development and use of knowledge-based technologies.
Companies such as Deutsche Telekom, EMC2 ,RSA, NESS, Allscripts-dbMotion, Oracle, Elbit Incubit incubator, Dalet, the JVP’s CyberLabs incubator and BGN Technologies are moving into the first building, and construction on the second building has already begun. The ATP’s plan is to have 16 buildings in the coming years, including a conference center and a hotel.
The National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister's office (INCB), the municipality of Be'er Sheva and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), have partnered with leading companies in the cyber industry to launch CyberSpark - Israeli Cyber Innovation Arena.
By creating a unique geographical cluster of leading cyber companies, multinational corporations, group breaking academic research, leading technology defense units, specialized educational platforms and relevant government agencies, CyberSpark offers a comprehensive ecosystem unprecedented the world over in terms of innovation and prospective success.