Israeli companies took the spotlight at the CleanTech Forum event in San Francisco, while four Israeli companies were chosen to the CleanTech Group’s prestigious list of “Global Cleantech 100, and four more to the “ones to watch list.”
The buzz at the recent CleanTech Forum event, which took place on January 23-25 in San Francisco, was strong around the Israeli delegation. 13 Israeli cleantech technology companies, and 3 VCs and incubators, made up the delegation, to this – one of the year’s most effective and targeted cleantech conferences.
We spoke with Oren Ezer, Founder of Electroad, one of the companies in the delegation, which is developing a solution for the large scale adoption of pure electric buses. “The event was absolutely perfect. Israel NewTech and the Israel Export Institute did a phenomenal job – we had so many targeted, effective business meetings. We are already following up on five serious leads which look relevant and promising. Furthermore, there was a real sense at the event that the Israeli delegation was the center of attention.”
“This was a very strong event for Israel’s cleantech companies, by any measurement,” says Moran Buganim-Gold, Head of the Energy Sector at Israel NewTech. “The event is very much focused on investment, and it was evident that all the major investors of all types, with an interest in cleantech, were there. The Israeli companies held over 300 meetings, and the feedback we’ve gotten from the companies is really excellent. In addition, we held an exclusive Israeli event, arranged by the Israeli Economic Mission to the west coast, and we presented a prize by the organizers at the ‘Cleantech 100’ event.”
The CleanTech Forum event coincided with the publication of the yearly “Global Cleantech100” Report, listing the most promising companies in the Cleantech sphere, with four Israeli companies making the cut: agritech company Kaiima, veteran water technology company Netafim, startup in the clean air arena Breezometer and TaKaDu, which provides water monitory solutions.
This Report focused on the disruptive potential of the companies, and on the maturation of the cleantech sector into “adolescence.” According to the CleanTech 100 Report: “The more highly regarded companies today – in the eyes of many market players, those set to make significant and disruptive impact within 5-10 years – are operating at the points of intersect between industries, technologies, and resource types, for which opportunities lie in linking previously unconnected or un-connectable things. From such points can emerge disruptive power and the ability to see and do things differently.”
The CleanTech Group Report also included four Israeli companies in the 2016 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list. These were identified as upcoming companies that are catching the eye of leading investors and corporates in the market. The Israeli companies on the list were Aquarius Spectrum, PointGrab, Winward and Qnergy.
The Israeli cleantech technology companies participating in the CleanTech Forum delegation were: BreezoMeter, Brenmiller Energy, Capital Nature, ElectRoad, EnStorage, Green Ride, HARBO Technologies, MercuRemoval, NanoSpun Technologies, Rainbowtec Environment Solutions, SolAround, SolarWat, Sol Chip and TIGI. For the full catalog click here.