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A new generation of start-ups is emerging in Tel Aviv. It now has several high-tech hubs: Herzliya attracts international tech giants and Rothschild Boulevard is home to many young start-ups. The government jump-started the industry with funds to invest in local venture capital funds that re-channel money into new IT firms.

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Jewish immigration has also been key, particularly smart Russians with technological backgrounds. And compulsory military service has boosted IT entrepreneurship thanks in part to the army's hi-tech units. One success story is Takadu, which provides smart water infrastructure monitoring, remotely detecting leaking pipes in real-time all around the world.