The Israeli Track of the Merage
Israeli Startups solving Desert Challenges
Climate change increases the size of deserts globally and by 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience" absolute water scarcity. It is necessary for humanity to adapt to living under extreme climate conditions. The Merage DeserTech competition invites Israeli startups to participate and offer their novel solutions to desert challenges, which will affect more than 9 billion people by 2050.
Explore how your solution can address desert challenges and how you can engage in this emerging sector.
Why Should You Apply?
Win a Grant
The 4 winners will receive a NIS 25,000 grant +
The winning Negev-based company will get a $75,000 equity investment
With the DeserTech vibrant ecosystem
Gain global exposure and expand your network
With leading companies from the UK and the Netherlands looking to collaborate with Israeli companies
Who Can Apply?
Israeli startups in the sectors of water, renewable energy, agriculture, infrastructure, or other sectors that have an impactful solution to solve desert-related challenges The competition invite both early and advance stage companies!
The startups solution will be evaluated by:
Companies are requested to show how their solution can address one of the four challenges: extreme climate, water scarcity and availability, land degradation and remote & marginal living
Of the company’s solution to be implemented in arid environments
Degree of positive environmental, economic, and social impact of the company's solution to the given challenge
Scalability & commercialization
potential of the company's solution in the global market
The evaluation process will be conducted by an international judging committee consisting of leading experts from the industry and academia.
The judging committee will select 4 winning companies with the most promising solutions and readiness to implement their technologies in arid environments
Eli Ben Simon
Dr. Inbar Maymon Pomeranchik
Solar Pioneer; CEO,
Energiya Global Capital
Minister Counsellor, Head of Research & Innovation Section,
Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel
The Global Mechanism of the UNCCD
Jasper Van Mastrigt
First Secretary Water & Climate,
The Netherlands Embassy in Israel
Prof. Naftali Lazarovitch
Director, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands,
Ben Gurion University
Co-Founder and Managing Partner,
Bricks Proptech Innovation
Head of Economic Policy and Tech Innovation,
Ministry of Environmental Protection
Gordian Climate Ventures
Head of BIRAX and Higher Education,
British Council Israel
Head, R&D dpt.
Founder and chairman of Yozma management & investment and Yozma Asia,
Dr Eli Abramov
Executive advisor, Chairman of the Innovation committee of the Israeli Manufacturing Association,
Board member - MATA
Partner & Head of ventures,