Top Israeli Environmental Startups
To Look Out For In 2021


Young and mature startups -
Be in to win a cash prize and media exposure

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About The Competition

We are looking for startups with bold thinking and groundbreaking ideas in clean energy, renewables, waste, water management, and sustainability that will revolutionize the next wave of climate-tech.

With the world aligning itself to 2030 sustainability goals, multinational corporates are looking more and more for the perfect combination of innovation and sustainability.

ESIL, together with Start-Up Nation Central, EDF Renewables, Bazan and Johnson Matthey, are looking for solutions that seamlessly combine tech and environment. 

Applications are now closed! Good luck to all the applicants! Make sure to register below for the final event, 27th January 2021.

Focus Areas

Do you have an innovative technology that addresses any of these challenges?

Clean Energy

Energy production, storage, optimization of energy production processes, energy streamlining, advanced materials and chemistries for energy transition, etc.

Pollution Reduction

Treatment of air, noise, vibrations, odours, hazardous materials

Water & Sewage

Water treatment, management and monitoring, waste elimination, waste management, waste-to-energy, sewage treatment, etc.

Recycling and Circular Economy

Material recycling and reconstitution, technologies that promote circular economy

Competition Tracks

Whether you are an early stage startup or a more mature company, there is a relevant track for you!

Early Stage Track

Startups with a minimal viable product (MVP), R&D stage with initial pilots should apply to this track.

First prize of 25,000 ILS for the winning team.

Mature Stage Track

Startups with a refined prototype (Beta), a released version of the product, sales or beyond should apply to this track.

The winner of this track will benefit from a unique opportunity for media coverage and relevant warm intros.

Judging Panel

Einat Klein-Kalach

Bazan Group

Head of Innovation

Amir Horowitz

EDF Renewables Israel

New Technologies, Business Development Manager

Kristin Rickert

Johnson Matthey

Innovation Portfolio Director

Chunlong Du

HCH Ventures

Overseas General Manager

Dr. Uri Weinheber

Venture capitalist

Tamar Weiss

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Global Innovation Manager

Itay Zetelny

Ernst & Young

Global Incentives & Cleantech and sustainability Groups Leader

Scott Gale

Halliburton Labs

Executive Director

Ophelie Touati

AXA Climate

Exclusive Innovation Partner

Shahar Botzer

Good Company

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Application Process

Applications are now closed! Good luck to all the applicants! Make sure to register below for the final event, 27th January 2021.


Applications open

Dec 2

Applications close

Dec 22

Finalists Announced

Dec 31

Final Event & winners announcement

Jan 27

Final Event

Mature Stage Track​

The Winner: UBQ Materials

Early Stage Track​

The Winner: Clairion

Finalists will pitch their solutions to an audience with leading figures from EDF Renewables, Bazan, Johnson Matthey, Anheuser-Busch InBev, HCH Ventures and others.

27 January 2021

About the Partners

The Environmental Sustainability Innovation Lab (ESIL) accelerates and commercializes startups. ESIL is a dynamic ecosystem delivering economically viable technology solutions that support a socially just transition to a NetZero world. ESIL connects industries looking for green technology solutions with Israeli sustainability tech entrepreneurs and startups developing innovative and disruptive solutions to environmental problems.
Start-Up Nation Central is an independent non-profit that builds bridges to Israeli innovation. We connect business, government, and NGO leaders around the world to Israeli innovation; we help develop technological sectors with high-growth potential, accumulate knowledge and generate in-depth insights about Israel’s innovation sector.
The Bazan Group is the cornerstone of Israeli industry and is regarded as an economic powerhouse. Oil Refineries Ltd. (Bazan), located in the Haifa Bay area, is one of the largest and most complex energy groups in Israel and it operates a refinery and petrochemicals conglomerate. Modern facilities enable Bazan to produce a large variety of oil refinery products for industry, transport, agriculture, infrastructures, and domestic consumption. Bazan has a maximum daily production capacity of approximately 26,600 tons of oil (197,000 barrels). More than 70% of the Company’s products are distributed in the domestic market, while the remainder is destined primarily for the eastern Mediterranean
Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science that enables a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers’ products. Our science has a global impact on low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing, and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources.
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EDF Renewables is a world leader in renewable energy electricity. The company develops, builds, and operates clean energy power plants in more than 20 countries for its own account, and for third parties, covering the entire renewable energy chain, from development to operation and maintenance, and manages all project phases in-house. EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of the EDF group, one of the world’s three largest electricity producers with an annual electricity production of 558TWh, €71.3Bn in sales, and 165,000 employees.
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