Get a chance to win
funding for a desert pilot
about the growing desert needs and co-design your pilot with desert experts
funding for a desert pilot
with relevant stakeholders and markets from the DeserTech ecosystem, in Israel and worldwide
The Merage DeserTech Competition
Negev - Your gateway to arid markets
The Merage DeserTech Competition is a flagship annual event, designed to accelerate innovative technologies to address global desert challenges.
As climate change hits more areas of the world, there is an acute need to adapt and build resilience to arid climates: adapt our energy systems, agriculture practices, how we build, and how we treat and manage water.
We invite you - Israeli and British startups - to test and develop your solution in the Negev desert - the ultimate beta site for adapting your technology to an increasingly arid world. UK agri-tech centre Agri-EPI and Innovate UK are supporting UK tech companies to participate in this great opportunity.
If it works here, it works everywhere!
Connect with leading research institutes, farmers and experts, and plan a fruitful collaboration to prove your technology is relevant in arid climates!
Who can Participate
Startups from the UK and Israel operating in the fields of water, renewable energy, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors, with a solution that could address global desert challenges of:
Remote & Marginal Living
Preparation workshop for Negev resources - Beer Sheva
Matchmaking - Online
1:1 to connect with the best Negev partners
Final Event - Beer Sheva // Hybrid
Competition Kick Off - Beer Sheva// Hybrid
Connect with relevant partners, and get all the information you need to apply
Pitching Workshop for finalists - Beer Sheva// Hybrid
Pitching and Live Winner Announcement!
The winning Pilot will be selected according to
Relevance to global desert needs
Innovation and Prominence of technology
Nicole Hod Stroh
Merage Foundation Israel
Partner and Head of Climate Tech
First time VC
Chief Innovation Officer
Connect LLC and Abdullah Al Naboodah investment
Hila Hillary Katz
The Israeli Forum for Impact Economy
VP – Head of R&D
DeserTech is an Innovation Community that promotes the development, adaptation and commercialization of technologies that enable sustainable living in arid climates, while simultaneously, turning Be'er Sheva and the Negev region into a global entrepreneurial hub for these technologies.
The DeserTech community is a joint initiative of the Merage Foundation Israel, the Israel Innovation Institute, The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ben Gurion University.
In partnership with:
Agri- EPI is part of the UK Government’s Agri-Tech Strategy. At the Agri-EPI Centre we are one of four Agri-Tech Centres bridging the gap between industry and academia across the agri-food sector in the UK and globally.
As the go-to enabler, we work with businesses, scientists and engineers to turn their ideas into new products and services that will generate economic growth and help tackle the global issues of sustainability and feeding the world.