Top Israeli Environmental Startups
To Look Out For In 2021



About The Event

Today, it isn’t enough to have good tech. You have to be good to your surroundings, too. 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, Bazan and Johnson Matthey, are looking for solutions that seamlessly combine tech and environment. 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 should apply. Be in to win a cash prize of 25,000 NIS and PR exposure, compliments of ESIL and its partners.

The Application Process​

We’re looking for start-ups with bold thinking and groundbreaking ideas.


Startups that deal with the following challenges:

Clean Energy

Pollution Reduction

management and treatment (air, noise, vibrations, odours, hazardous materials)

Water & Sewage

Recycling and Circular Economy

Maturity Tracks

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places of each of the tracks will be professionally prepped and recorded to pitch at the closing virtual event on Jan 27, to an audience with leading investors and multinational corporations. 

The winner of the Early Stage Track earns 25,000 ILS;

The winner of the Pro Track will benefit from unique opportunity for media coverage, and intros when relevant.

Early Stage Track

From MVP up to R&D stage with initial pilots that validate the technology.

Pro Track

From a refined prototype (Betha), to a released version of the product, sales and more.

The Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of selected judges, including industry experts and investors. Six startups (three from each track) will be shortlisted and invited to pitch at our finals event on Jan 27 2021.


Nov 29th, 2020

Applications opening

Dec 22th, 2020

Applications deadline

Dec 31th, 2020

Finalists Announced

Jan 27th, 2020

Closing event & winner announcement


Early Stage Track

First prize of 25,000 IL for the winning team

1st, 2nd and 3rd places win a professional pitch training and video recording of pitch worth XXX.

Pro Track

First prize of 25,000 IL for the winning team

1st, 2nd and 3rd places win a professional pitch training and video recording of pitch worth XXX.

The Application Process​

We’re looking for start-ups with bold thinking and groundbreaking ideas.

Closing Event

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

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

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.
Bazan Group is Israel’s largest refining and petrochemicals complex. Includes the Haifa Refinery compound and an additional plant, Ducor Petrochemicals BV, in the Netherlands. The Group produces a wide range of petroleum distillation products, as well as downstream products such as polymers, aromatics, oils and waxes. More than 70% of the company’s products are distributed in the local market, and the rest are exported, mainly to the Mediterranean region.
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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