About us

MATI, the Jerusalem Business Development Center, is a leading Jerusalem nonprofit organization. Established in 1991, it has continuously helped the citizens of Jerusalem and its surrounding region achieve financial independence by supporting the development of small and medium-sized businesses and the advancement of existing ones. The organization is also at the vanguard of job creation in Jerusalem, driving economic development, local growth, and social equity by providing solutions to societal immobility and unemployment.

MATI is part of a nationwide system of Business Development Centers situated throughout Israel, and offers an extensive range of services to all residents of Jerusalem and environs, including:
  • Business consulting and initial business idea assessment
  • Personal business mentoring at all stages of business establishment and management for enterprises in a wide variety of fields
  • A comprehensive training program in diverse business fields
  • Feasibility study and business plan preparation assistance
  • Obtaining loans for entrepreneurs and business owners from various sources of financing
  • Obtaining grants for new business establishment
  • Business information services
MATI USA is a U.S.-based not-for-profit corporation that supports the work of MATI Jerusalem in stimulating the economy of Jerusalem by boosting the creation of jobs and new businesses and by working to eradicate poverty and joblessness through programs that encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

The United States and Israel are bonded by common values. Small business and entrepreneurship are at the heart of both the American and Israeli narratives. MATI-USA was formed to support the objectives of MATI Jerusalem; to stimulate the economy of the city of Jerusalem by boosting job creation and helping to start new businesses, and to eradicate poverty and joblessness in Jerusalem through encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurship. MATI has a successful track record of doing this through training courses, one-on-one mentoring, and help in drafting business plans and accessing loans. MATI aims to bridge economic and social gaps through special outreach and support services targeted to people from all walks of life in the city of Jerusalem.