Israel and Nevada team up to solve pressing water issues
The Office of the Chief Scientist, a department within the Ministry of Economy, has formally signed an R&D agreement with WaterStart, a Las Vegas based non-profit that brings together the start-up community with local academic and private institutions.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is based around incubating and piloting new technologies in the fast-growing water industry in Nevada. As part of the deal, the two organizations have agreed to put matching funds into R&D projects that involved an Israeli and a Nevada-based partner. 5 Israeli start-ups have already been approved for projects WaterStart’s first call for proposal in 2016. One of those companies, WellToDo, which specializes in nitrate removal, is currently running a pilot with the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
The Economic Mission played a crucial role in bringing both sides together, with the Economic Consul, Gili Ovadia present at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business H2O Summit – where the MoU was signed.