“The investment community in the UK is discovering the huge potential of Israel’s water technology industry,” says Simon Spier, of the Trade and Economic Office at the Embassy of Israel in London.
For a clear indication of this interest, one needs to look no further that the two water-events that took place in London over the last month. The first of those events was the World Water Tech Investment Summit on 28 and 29 February, where Israeli companies stood out as world leaders in water tech innovation. The other success story was the Israeli Technology Splash networking event on 8 and 9 March, which was organised by the Embassy’s Trade and Economic Office in partnership with the global law firm Pinsent Masons.
The World Water Tech Investment Summit was an international event focused on matching up UK investors with technology companies in the water sector. Israeli presence at the event was very strong, with seven Israeli companies taking part: Desalitech, Applied Cleantech, Whitewater, Kinrot Ventures, Emefcy, StreamControl and Greenkote. The event included a private round table dinner with UK based investors and partners, which was organised by UK Israel Business and the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.
On 8 and 9 March, the Israeli Technology Splash event also introduced UK investors to Israeli tech companies. The 80 attendees included Israeli companies: AGM, Diffusaire, Mapal Green Energy, Miltel, PML and Tal-Ya. The technologies on display were focused on wastewater treatment, water analysis and irrigation.
In addition to the event and presentations which took place at the new Pinsent Masons offices near Liverpool Street, the companies also attended a closed session of the to learn about opportunities for water projects in Eastern Europe.
The visit concluded with a roundtable discussion at Bloomberg New Energy Finance on water issues and opportunities in the UK, as well as global trends within the industry.
Oded Distel, head of Israel NewTech, said “Israel’s water industry is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful in the world. We’re pleased to see the investment community in the UK now focusing more and more on the business opportunities presented by innovative Israeli start-ups in the water sphere.” The Israeli Technology Splash was supported by Israel NewTech and the Israel Export Institute.