White House Water Summit Highlights Israeli Initiatives

The White House Water Summit, which was held on Tuesday, led to the announcement of innovative ideas for building a sustainable and secure water future in the United States. Among the initiatives included in the summit was an intensive two-week program for Israeli startups run jointly by the Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership and the nonprofit Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

The program will give 10 startups the opportunity to pitch their solutions to clean-tech stakeholders, including investors, utilities, and corporations. The “boot camp” will teach them how to navigate the California regulatory landscape and introduce them to potential mentors.

“I work with a lot of startups that want to expand to California, and it’s complicated to get partners and investment. We want to give some of the most promising startups all we can to help them gain a foothold,” said Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership cofounder Ashleigh Talberth, who also heads the Israeli consulting firm @GreenTECH.

Before moving to Israel in July 2015, Talberth was active in the Bay Area clean-tech think tank Next Generation and in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California chapter.

Following its official kickoff last October in Tel Aviv, the partnership participated in a private roundtable discussion in January 2016 with 45 top decision-makers in California brought together by former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz at Stanford University.

Israeli pioneers in water technology, including Netafim (drip irrigation) and IDE (desalination), sent representatives to the roundtable, as did the Jerusalem-based Milken Innovation Center and Israel NewTech, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry’s national sustainable energy and water program.

“Since we’re an industry-driven group, we thought about what we could do to start advancing very innovative early-stage Israeli technologies for water and also for energy storage, transportation and agriculture,” Talberth told ISRAEL21c.

The application deadline is April 20, and the program will begin in July, following Israel NewTech’s Business & Policy Summit in Los Angeles at the end of June.

(via Israel21c)

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