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Israel innovators build the next smart city

In 2014, Israel was ranked first in the world in the field of innovation related to clean technology according to the “Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014.” With a strong entrepreneurial culture, a high-level education system and facing significant geographical and natural constraints, Israel meets the specific conditions for the emergence of innovative in the cleantech sector.

Next month in Nice, France meet some of Israel’s clean tech companies. From June 17 to 18 smart city technologies will be featured at the Israeli innovation pavilion of the Innovative City Conference. The handpicked companies include:

• Aquarius Spectrum is a leak detection system for municipal water systems
• ElectRoad is a wireless charging dock for electric buses, which we’ve covered here
• Elencon software to reduce HVAC costs
• GreenQ smart sensors for garbage trucks
• Sowillo produces solar energy for residential buildings
• TruckNet which uses a sharing economy to reduce the number of empty freight trucks on the road

The companies are sent with the support of the Israeli Embassy in France, Israel NewTech (CleanTech initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Economy), the Chambers of Commerce France-Israel and Israel-France and Team Côte d’Azur, Innovative City Conference through its partnership with Challengy. It will be the first time Israel has a pavilion at “Innovative City”.

According to Aliza Bin-Noun, Israel Ambassador in France: “It would give us a chance to develop and deepen our good relations with the city of Nice and French companies in the sector.” These companies, among the most promising from the early-stage startups will receive personalized support and a prime location at the Innovative City exhibition.

At the announcement of this Pavilion, Christian Estrosi, President of the Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur and President of the PACA Region said: “beyond this excellent initiative to host a delegation of Israeli startups CleanTech in Nice for the first time, it is all the PACA region that strengthens its leadership to allow Israeli innovative companies successfully enter the French market in general.”

For its part, Challengy will work with Innovative City 2016 and in synergy with all the partners listed above to facilitate constructive partnerships with municipalities, investors and French companies in the fields of water, energy or mobility so that trade ties are established.

Yossi Dan, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Challengy says: “It is now several years that our teams, based in Paris and Tel Aviv, are working on innovation projects which bridge between France and Israel. This pavilion marks a first step in the CleanTech sector, where the complementarity of these two ecosystems can both enable business agreements and R&D projects between the two countries, and also allow them to set the business cooperation to address international markets.”

Karin Kloosterman