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BGU Puts SeaNovation and DesertTech on the Map

BGU Puts SeaNovation and DesertTech on the Map

January 4, 2024

Business & Management, Desert & Water Research, Robotics & High-Tech

Climate technologies from BGU’s partnership company, DeserTech.

Calcalist — The Israel Innovation Authority has announced that several Israeli governmental ministries have joined to invest more than NIS 100 million ($27.7 million) in nine new regional innovation centers nationwide. The Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of the Negev, Galilee, and National Resilience, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry for Regional Cooperation have partnered with the IIA to help foster entrepreneurship and promote the high-tech industry in Israel’s periphery areas.

Two out of the nine Israeli innovation centers chosen to receive this funding involve Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s BGN Technologies.

  • SeaNovation Eilat which focuses on Biotechnology and Marine Agriculture. Partners include the Israel Innovation Institute, Aradum Maintenance and Management, Aradg, the Marine and Lakes Research Institute, and the Eilat Campus of Ben Gurion University through BGN Technologies.
  • DesertTech and Climate Innovation Center which will be in Beer-Sheba and the Negev and Arava region to advance Climate Technologies and Desert Agriculture. Partners include the Miraz Fund, the Israel Innovation Institute, Ingav Heating, and BGN Technologies, the commercialization company of Ben Gurion University, with Netivei Negev as a strategic partner.
Each hub will receive an accumulated grant of up to NIS 15 million ($4.1 million) over five years and focus on key areas within the high-tech sector leveraging Israel’s global potential while taking advantage of the local advantages of the respective regions. Sectors include Agtech, Foodtech, renewable energy, green construction, water technologies, Climate-tech, and Healthtech. The nine centers were selected after a search including Israeli and international corporations, investors, regional clusters, and associations. The goal is to encourage the establishment and growth of new startups with strong regional ties and help advance employment in the areas.

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