As I publish this story, I am coming up on having spent the last month working and living in Berlin extending my mission to #BeHelpful on behalf of the Rackspace Startups program.

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So having lived and worked in both Tel Aviv and now Berlin, I can personally attest for the fact that both cities are wondeful places to not only build a startup, but live and enjoy the experience of a global city, cosmopolitan lifestyle, great music and amazing places to places for coffee and dining.

Tel Aviv and Berlin Just Grew Closer Together.

The Mayors of Tel Aviv and Berlin are joining forces to align their respective cities’ startup ecosystems closer together.Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 9.13.08 AM

Hosted by Berlin Partner, in association with Tel Aviv Global, the Mayors of Berlin, RB Müller and Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai have announced a new new collaboration between the cities Berlin and Tel Aviv for a startup exchange program.

Both cities have agreed to exchange co-working spaces and are planning an event in Tel Aviv on October 11 at WeWork to kick the program off.

As a start, five startups from Tel Aviv will have the opportunity to work and explore Berlin’s wonderful ecosystem with a co-working space, airfare and hotel for two people for ten days – all at no charge.

Come Pitch And Win.

Rather than just pitching your product Berlin Partner wants you to give them the perfect reason why you and one other member of your team should be the one invited to Berlin.

You can apply for the pitch here.

You’ll be contacted if you are one of the five startups selected to present you idea to present your idea at October 11th at the WE WORK Tel Aviv.

Why should a startup pack a bag and go to Berlin for? What can you achieve?

If you’re selected, you’ll get a toolkit on how to get started in Berlin, to explore the community and connect with other companies, possible partners, and team members.

Come join the startups at WeWork for this event.

Want to meet the companies and hear their pitches?  If you are in Tel Aviv on October 11, come by WeWork / Dubnov 7 at 5:30 PM.

Register here to attend.

If you’re a startup, don’t wait to apply now.

And if you want to meet some cool companies then be sure to come and cheer on the teams.