Aquanos and Breezometer were among 72 start-ups worldwide attending the Emerging Global Entrepreneurship event at the White House.
“It was very moving to be at the White House, to hear Obama’s speech, and to be included in the group of 72 companies from around the world which the President believes have the potential to make a positive impact on the world,” said Udi Leshem, CEO of Israeli water company Aquanos.
Aquanos offers wastewater treatment that is relatively inexpensive and cost-effective, making it a viable option for developing countries. “I’m sure this is one of the reasons Aquanos was selected, because it was clear that what the companies at the event have in common is that they have the potential to make a positive impact on communities.”
BreezoMeter’s positive impact comes from giving people the power of information on air quality. The Company’s mission is to provide everyone information about air pollution in real time, and the app is already active in Israel and the U.S. (for more on BreezoMeter see Israel NewTech’s interview with Co-Founder and CEO Ran Korber).
“I believe impact investing just received a huge push forward and a meaningful recognition,” said Ziv Lautman, CMO of BreezoMeter. “All the 72 entrepreneurs in the room are proving that you can build a successful business while doing good and while tackling the world biggest challenges, as the president said.”
“We’re proud that BreezoMeter and Aquanos represented Israel at this event,” said Oded Distel, Head of Israel NewTech. “Its worth noting that even though the event included companies active in various fields, like internet, medical devices and more, both of the Israeli companies selected to participate come from the cleantech sector. This is one more sign that some of Israel’s most creative entrepreneurs are active in cleantech.”
The event was held towards Obama’s trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya this summer. President Obama announced the administration’s goals of generating $1 billion in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs worldwide by 2017, called the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative. Half the funding will go to support young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs. The aim of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Coalition is to connect, coordinate, and create common goals across public, private, and non-profit sector efforts to advance entrepreneurship around the world.
“We’re here today because we believe in the power of entrepreneurship — the basic notion that if you’ve got an idea and if you really work hard and you’re able to pick yourself up if you stumble a couple of times, you can eventually turn that idea into a reality. And this matters to us because encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship can help us to tackle some of the greatest challenges that we face around the world,” said Obama in his speech at the event.