Britain is open: Plexal joins forces with global innovation platform SOSA to connect London, New York and Tel Aviv ecosystems //30.01.20
The partnership will enable Plexal and SOSA’s corporate clients to access the best emerging technologies within the London, New York and Tel Aviv ecosystems, while also creating an international platform for the brightest startups to scale in new markets. As part of the relationship, SOSA’s London home will be the Plexal innovation hub, which is also LORCA’s HQ.
SOSA is a global innovation platform with centres in Tel Aviv and New York. It serves as an ecosystem partner that directly connects corporations, governments, and cities to the most innovative technologies, and its network provides access to more than 15,000 startups, 250 investors, VC funds and international corporations, including Munich Re, Tokio Marine Holdings, RBC, Zurich Insurance, HP, Siemens and more. Last year, SOSA was chosen by the city of New York to build its official Global Cyber Center.
SOSA’s partnership with Plexal will strengthen ties between New York, Israel and the UK. It will allow startups and scaleups working with Plexal and SOSA to participate in landing pad programmes and trade missions.
Corporate partners from Plexal and SOSA will benefit from exposure to innovative startups across the different regions. SOSA partners will also have the opportunity to use the Plexal innovation hub as their base of operations in the UK to run their innovation initiatives, collaborate on events and engage with Plexal’s members and vast network of technology leaders.
While the relationship will support a range of technology verticals, cybersecurity will provide a particularly strong opportunity for collaboration between LORCA and SOSA’s Global Cyber Center, which is operated jointly in New York by the NYC EDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation) and SOSA as part of its Cyber NYC initiative.
For LORCA members, the partnership provides a platform to scale internationally, whether into the significant cyber market in New York or through accessing the deep technical expertise within the Israeli ecosystem.
The partnership with SOSA will build on the increasing cross-pollination of ideas between global cyber hubs and enable LORCA to continue its mission of fostering global connections between cyber innovators, industry, academia and government.
It also follows news that we’ve just welcomed our fourth cohort, which is the largest and most international yet and includes 20 scaleups from the UK, Singapore, Israel, the US, Spain, Switzerland and Denmark.
Commenting on Plexal’s SOSA partnership, Andrew Roughan, Plexal’s managing director said: “One of the biggest challenges faced by the startups and scaleups we support is international expansion and gaining traction in new markets. Giving Plexal members and our LORCA cohorts the opportunity to engage with SOSA’s network will allow them to glean global insights and become immersed in the established tech ecosystems of New York and Israel. It will also enable our innovation programmes to tap into a global marketplace for UK technology and ideas, while both influencing and importing global best practice.
“The UK’s tech sector is thriving, but will only continue to grow with a collaborative, global outlook. Partnerships like these make this possible. SOSA’s expansion into London just proves that the UK’s capital continues to be an attractive technology hub that’s regarded as a hotbed for the best ideas. London – and the UK – is most definitely open to global collaboration.”
Uzi Scheffer, CEO of SOSA, added: “London is the perfect next step for our global expansion, home to a range of innovative tech companies, a world-renowned hub for large enterprise and investors. The established ecosystem at Plexal provides a ready-made landing pad for our partners and network looking for opportunities and insights from the UK. We look forward to working with Plexal to facilitate international collaborations and knowledge-sharing, and to provide our partners with a fast and efficient gateway to one of the world’s most innovative cities.”