During her first visit to Israel, Director General of The Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova, Darja Isaksson signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the Israel Innovation Authority, which will boost innovation collaboration between Sweden and Israel.
The innovation agreement will act as a framework and support developing new innovative collaborations and ideas in a number of areas in which both countries have complementary strengths or needs. These include digital health, industry 4.0, agri-tech and food-tech, sustainability and Artificial Intelligence.
The General Director of Vinnova, Darja Isaksson: “We strongly believe in the potential of Israel and Sweden to collaborate around innovation. Israel is one of two places outside Europe where Vinnova has local presence, the other being Silicon Valley. Vinnova’s mission is to open up for innovation that makes a difference. The world is running out of time and facing more complex issues that ever. In order to find solutions and make the transition into a sustainable future we need everyone to get involved with all capabilities available. We need to innovate across all areas of society. And we need strong international partnerships, such as this one with Israel, in order to create added value in the global innovation process, increase the innovation capabilities of the two countries and stimulate economic growth.”
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H.E. Ambassador from Sweden to Israel, Mr Erik Ullenhag: ”It is fantastic to deepen the cooperation further between Sweden and Israel in the field of innovation. We are two highly innovative countries that can learn from each other. By connecting smart and innovative people in Sweden and Israel we can make 1+1=3.”
Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority: “We are pleased to sign an agreement which will enhance our existing ties with Sweden. We see huge potential in mutual learning and collaboration between the two counties in fields such as climate and health and look forward to supporting together innovative technologies that will make a difference in the lives of people in both countries and around the world.”
Ziv Nevo Kulman, Ambassador of Israel to Sweden: “I welcome the signing of the MOU that will deepen the cooperation between Sweden and Israel, two of the world’s most innovative countries, and like-minded countries in so many ways.”
Bridging the innovation ecosystems of the two countries has already begun. The potential is huge and the interest of stakeholders in both public and private sector is remarkable. Going forward initiatives will be launched to identify opportunities, gather the actors and finance the collaborations between Israel and Sweden. The ambition of the two innovation agencies is of course to see concrete innovations a result, with a strong focus on betterment of the planet.