Monday, 27 Jan 2020 - 1 of Shevat, 5780

Europe’s largest innovation community creates a hub in Israel

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EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, said: ‘‘The launch of an EIT hub in Tel Aviv is yet another indication that European-Israeli cooperation in innovation is on the rise. This on top of successful Israeli participation in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and the opportunities provided to SMEs. Europe and Israel keep moving closer to each other in innovation and research to the benefit of our citizens’.

TEL AVIV—The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched a new innovation Hub in Tel Aviv to create new opportunities for European and Israeli innovators and entrepreneurs.

As Europe’s innovation engine, the EIT is integrating business, education and research organisations in dynamic pan-European partnerships.

This hub will strengthen the EIT Community’s activities in Israel and act as a bridge between the European and Israeli innovation ecosystems. ‘’It will support the EIT Community in delivering a greener, healthier and more sustainable planet,’’ a press release said.

Over 200 stakeholders from both the Israeli and European ecosystems took part in the opening event, including Emanuele Giaufret, EU’s Ambassador to Israel, Nili Shalev, Israel-Europe Research & Innovation Directorate Managing Director, Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board as well as innovators from business, higher education and research.

EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, said: ‘‘The launch of an EIT hub in Tel Aviv is yet another indication that European-Israeli cooperation in innovation is on the rise. This on top of successful Israeli participation in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and the opportunities provided to SMEs. Europe and Israel keep moving closer to each other in innovation and research to the benefit of our citizens’.

Nili Shalev, Israel-Europe Research & Innovation Directorate Managing Director, commented: ”I was delighted to join this event. Israel has been associated with the European Framework Programmes for more than 23 years. Launching the EIT hub in the Startup nation marks a significant milestone and a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the research and innovation communities in Europe and in Israel in a wide range of technological fields.’’

Over the years, the EU and Israel partnership has strengthened Israeli academic and industrial excellence, led to investment in research infrastructure and enabled long-term, innovative research. The activities of the newly established EIT Hub in Tel Aviv will complement existing EIT Community activities in Israel.

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