The Netherlands Track of the Merage DeserTech Competition
Dutch Companies Adapting to Arid climates
Climate change increases the extent of deserts globally and provokes more frequent droughts in traditionally non-arid environments such as the Netherlands. The Merage DeserTech competition, together with the Netherlands Embassy in Israel, offers a designated track for companies from the Netherlands interested in exploring new markets, learning about the most burning desert issues and its growing business opportunities. Desertech is a growing sector predicted to affect more than 9 billion people by 2050.
Explore how your solution can address climate adaptation challenges and how you can engage in this emerging sector.
Competition Prize: DeserTech Adaptation Seminar
The 10 leading Dutch companies will be invited to participate in a fully funded prestigious and intensive Technology Adaptation Seminar in Be'er Sheva, Israel, where they will:
The essential issues around Desertech that are relevant to your product
The necessary changes to embed in your technology to better address desert needs
Your understanding of stakeholders in the field: experts, suppliers, competitors and customers
With the vibrant Israeli DeserTech ecosystem: experts, academia, entrepreneurs & corporates that specialize in the field
Who Can Apply?
Dutch companies operating in the sectors of water, renewable energy, agriculture or infrastructure that:
Have a solution that can be adapted to arid climates and address a global desert challenge
Show readiness to expand to new markets and invest in new technologies
Companies will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Degree in which the technology or service can address one or more desert challenges: extreme climate, water scarcity and availability, land degradation and remote & marginal living
Can the technology or service be adapted to effectively operate in arid climates?
Positive environmental, economic, and social impact of the solution to the given challenge
Scalability & commercialization potential of the solution in the global market
To build collaborations to reach new markets and invest in new technologies
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 the 10 Dutch companies with the most promising solutions or readiness to adapt its technology and build collaborations to reach new markets.
Water Alliance, The Netherlands
Co-founder and CEO,
Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
Prof. Dan Blumberg
Vice President, Regional and Industrial Development,
Ben Gurion University
Tareq Abu Hamed
Dr. Eran Raveh
Gilat Research Center
Prof. Moshe Herzberg
The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben Gurion University