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#Israel is home to over 1,000 companies, academic research centers, and multinational R&D centers specializing in #AI, including those that develop core AI technologies, as well as those that utilize AI technologies for their vertical-related products such as in #healthcare, #cybersecurity, #automotive, and #manufacturing among others, according to a Start-Up Nation Central report published this month. Over the course of 2018, Israeli startups and companies raised over $6 billion in 681 #funding rounds, marking a 15 percent increase from 2017 ($5.2B) and a 140 percent jump from 2014, according to the report. Of this sum, $2.24 billion went to AI-focused companies, accounting for 37 percent of the total #capital raised and representing a threefold increase from 2014. In addition, 32 percent of all funding rounds for the year went to AI firms, according to the report.
Do you remember SCiO, the pocket sized sensor device that promised to give us the molecular composition and nutritional value of things like food items? In 2014, the company behind the device - Consumer Physics - raised $2.8 million on Kickstarter as pre-orders poured in. Five years later, the company appears to be on a different track. #health#food#nutrition#molecules#molecular#sensor#spectometer#device#futuretech
Next week, #Israel will host #European representatives of top #tech#accelerators and companies across the continent for the fifth installment of the #Europe Days conference, which serves as a platform to leverage the huge business #potential between Israel and #Germany, #Switzerland, and #Austria. Over €300 million ($335 million) in funding opportunities will be on the table for the event, gathering European companies and #investors, and some 200 Israeli #entrepreneurs. Gilli Cegla, the conference founder, an entrepreneur and investor specializing in European markets, tells NoCamels the goal “is to bring more awareness and create more business between Israeli and European tech #ecosystems.”
Google teamed up with the National Library of Israel as the first Israeli organization to join its “Once Upon A Try” project, an online exhibition of invention and discovery spanning thousands of years and nearly two dozen countries. The project, led by Google Arts & Culture, is a collaboration with NASA, CERN, and over 100 museums and organizations across the world. The National Library was the first Israeli organization to participate in the venture. “Once Upon A Try” is the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated. The image above is from the “Maps of the Holy Land and Jerusalem,” from the library’s Eran Laor Cartographic Collection. EDIT: the map was created between 1670-1700 by a Dutch painter, sculptor and etcher named Romeyn De Hooghe. The title and text is in Dutch and presents an imagined plan of the city of Jerusalem and it's Temple. #israel#art#google#museum#museums#inventions#discoveries#jerusalem
Israel’s Netafim, an irrigation company that became a subsidiary of Mexican chemicals company Mexichem in 2017, announced that it will be undertaking four major water projects in India, spanning 100 villages impacting nearly 60,000 rural farmers. Netafim said it will be deploying its precision irrigation technologies in India’s Singataluru, where it will work on two projects across 41 villages; the Ananthapuramu District, spanning 22 villages, and the Tarikere region, covering 45 villages. #farming#water#watertech#irrigation#india#agriculture#farming
Every year, Israel produces about 5.3 million tons of municipal and commercial waste, at a volume growth rate of two percent. By 2050, the country had planned to recycle 50 percent of its total waste; however, currently, the volume of recycling has only reached 25 percent. Although close to half of all the generated waste is biodegradable, most of it is dumped in landfills. Just like the rest of the world, Israel’s biggest challenge lies in the handling and recycling of the increasing amounts of plastic waste. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel has some 20,000 facilities for collecting plastic waste, most of which is carried out by private companies that work in coordination with local authorities. So the question remains: why are Israel’s recycling figures so dismal? #recycling#environment#ecofriendly#plastic#plasticwaste#reduceplasticwaste
Israel may not be known for producing world-famous athletes or sports dynasties, but if it’s one thing the Startup Nation excels at, it’s innovative tech. And a growing number of Israeli startups have been applying their knowledge to the multi-billion global sports industry. In the fields of augmented reality, real-time video analysis, hydration management, movement sensors, and sports broadcasting, the number of Israeli startups active in the sports tech sector has increased dramatically over the past five years. #sports#tech#israel#sensors#fans#sportsfans#athlete#instagood#sportsnews
Israeli researchers say they have developed a process to make biodegradable plastics using the ocean’s own resources – algae. And the invention could become a viable counter to enormous amounts of plastic already found in oceans. In six decades, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, only nine percent of which has been recycled, according to a 2018 joint report by the National Geographic Society and Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society. Since plastic takes over 400 years to degrade, many of it still exists in some form in landfills and in our oceans, harming wildlife and marine life and ecosystems. Scientists at Tel Aviv University say the bioplastics polymer they developed derives from microorganisms that feed on seaweed, making it biodegradable, with zero toxic waste and completely recyclable. #savetheplanet#environmentalscience#environment#ecofriendly#oceans#waste#plastics#environmentallyfriendly
Some 45 aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at the Peres Center For Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on Thursday to launch a first-of-its-kind program that has drawn participants from across Israel’s communities to focus on smart cities. The participants are part of the second cohort (Cycle B) of the Peres Center’s “Starting-Up Together” initiative, a four-month pre-incubator program aimed at fostering cooperation, building strong bonds, and nurturing ideas. Cycle B is unique in that it is multi-cultural and inclusive by design – with a slight majority of participants from Arab communities including Palestinians from East Jerusalem with Israeli residency, and a gender composition that strives for equality. #jaffa#telaviv#diversity#incubator#smart#city#tech#multicultural
World-renown Israeli mentalist Lior Suchard is set to appear as a special guest star at the Eurovision Final in Tel Aviv on May 18, organizers announced. Suchard gives memorable performances of mind reading, thought influencing, predicting, and telekinesis, which have earned him international acclaim as a supernatural entertainer and mentalist. He is especially popular with Hollywood celebrities and has performed at their private events and gatherings, state leaders, and business people. He’s also been featured on US primetime television on numerous occasions including The Late Late Show with James Corden. Photo by Gabriel Baharlia #eurovision2019#eurovision#liorsuchard
One million bags of Bamba, the popular Israeli snack food, are produced every day at a new factory in Kiryat Gat, a southern Israeli city about an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv. The new production line means the Osem company can now meet the increasing demand for bags of the popular peanut puff treat in Israel and around the world. The country’s best-selling snack food has seen an upswing in popularity in North America and Europe following breakthrough studies that specifically named Bamba in helping to protect children from developing peanut allergies. When we invented Bamba 55 years ago, we never thought it would become the best-selling snack in Israel or that it would attract such interest abroad as well,” Osem Chairman Dan Propper, said at the February 19 opening ceremony of the new factory, built with an investment of about NIS 200 million ($55 million) on an area of 16,000 square meters. #bamba#peanuts#peanut#allergy#allergies#israel#snack#snacks#kids
#Israeli#scientists developed a new blood test that could detect #prenatal#genetic disorders as early as 11 weeks into a #pregnancy, allowing for a move away from more invasive methods to diagnose fetal diseases and #genetic flaws. The #test was developed by scientists at Tel Aviv University (TAU). It works by sequencing small amounts of #DNA in the parents’ #blood, after which a computer algorithm harnesses the results to produce a “map” of the #fetal#genome. The method could allow #doctors to predict mutations with at least 99 percent #accuracy – depending on the type – with a single blood test, the university said in a statement.
International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the largest airline groups in the world, is teaming up with the UK Israel Tech Hub, based in the British Embassy in Israel, to host a pitch day for tech startups in Tel Aviv. The event, set for March 18, is part of IAG’s ongoing accelerator program, Hangar 51, for disruptive startups IAG is the parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue. The Israeli startups will pitch innovative products or services before a panel of senior executives from IAG and British Airways, and may also receive potential investment from IAG’s multi-million-pound digital fund to scale their business. #israel#tech#travel#airline#airlines#tlv#telaviv
Israeli director Guy Nattiv and his wife, actress Jaime Ray Newman, won an Oscar for their short film “Skin” at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles, a rare win for an Israeli director at the prestigious event. The film explores racism and white supremacy in the United States, telling the story of a hate crime and its unfolding consequences from the point of view of two children, one black and one white. #oscars#film#academyawards#movies#awards
Israel came in 10th in the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Indexpublished this week. The survey ranks 169 economies according to factors that contribute to overall health, such as life expectancy, obesity rates, access to clean water, sanitation, mental health, and vaccination coverage. Israel came in ninth in the previous index in 2017, dropping one spot. Its current overall score was 88.2. Spain was crowned the world’s healthiest country in the latest survey with an overall grade of 92.8, climbing five spots from 2017 and overtaking Italy. #health#healthy#israel#life#food#fit#lifestyle