(Formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP)

"Bridge to Innovation" Israel-India Challenge

India Tour for selected companies - Information booklet 
Broadening the relations between Israel and India, especially in the fields of scientific
and technological cooperation, is a critical strategic goal for both countries.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel in July 2017 he expressed
his desire that India and Israel work together to develop innovation addressing global
problems, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

Out of this vision, which was shared by Prime Minister Netanyahu, came the India-
Israel Bridge to Innovation Challenge. "Bridge to Innovation" brings Israel together
with India – one of the world's largest economies with the highest growth rates - in
order to develop technological solutions to the world’s most intractable problems.

This program is supported by Invest India, the Government of India, together with
the Israel Innovation Authority and the office of the Prime Minister of Israel. Its aim is
to provide Indian & Israeli companies with the opportunity and guidance to carry out
pilot-projects in cooperation with corporates, leading NGO's, investment firms and
governmental agencies in India, in the fields of Digital Health, Agriculture and Water.

More than 800 companies in India and Israel applied to take part in this program,
which is not only bringing together the innovation ecosystems of both countries,
but is also leveraging the knowledge, experience and capabilities of leading entities
both in Israel and India to help companies cooperate and jointly implement India
based-pilots that could eventually scale globally.

In this booklet you can find all the relevant information on the "Bridge" initiative;
the program's goals and technological challenges needed to be solved, the different
phases and timeline for the challenge, and also information about the winning
companies chosen by the Indian side to be the first cycle's participants. These
companies will also take part in the "Co-Creation Summit" taking place during Prime
Minister Netanyahu's first-ever visit to India on January 2018.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable
of doing, would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." In this spirit, Israel
Innovation Authority is pleased to bring you this new initiative, calling Indians and
Israelis, innovators and investors, social leaders and corporates to join forces, and
show the world what we are capable of doing together.