The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) strengthened its relationship with Israel this week by opening a new hub in Tel Aviv. In a move designed to boost collaboration between the two ecosystems, there will be a scaling up of activity across sectors, with increased support provided by various arms of the EIT community: EIT Health, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility.
Welcoming the news, Eshcar Ben Shitrit, CEO of animal-free meat producer, Redefine Meat, which is supported by EIT Food, said: “Entrepreneurs need to scale globally to create impact and stay competitive. The EIT Community provides invaluable targeted support for this and I’m thrilled that this hub will help connect the thriving Israeli ecosystem with Europe.”
EIT, formed in 2008, is the continent’s innovation engine, bringing business, education and research elements together to generate solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Speaking about the new Israeli hub, EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, added: “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.”