02 October, 2017/Startup

Innovation in Tel Aviv, from supporting women in business to bootcamp

Innovation never stops at the Enel Innovation Hub in Tel Aviv, the Middle East’s Silicon Valley. A number of appointments enlivened the headquarters in the economic capital of Israel in September, both prior to events such as the DLD Innovation Festival, one of the main international conferences on cutting edge digital technology (which included a contribution from Giuseppe Serrecchia, Head of Digital Transformation at Enel), and also as part of the activities of acceleration and networking that distinguish our innovation hubs around the world.

At the beginning of September an all female Italian delegation was our guest as part of the acceleration programme QVC Next Lab, a project led by Ambrosetti and QVC to support the role of women in business through pathways of incubation and training dedicated to the most innovative startups. We presented our work in Israel to the young female entrepreneurs and also the open approach with which we aim to face the challenges in the energy sector through cooperation with young businesses. The meeting served to share knowledge that we have acquired of the Israeli technological ecosystem in order to identify the differences with the Italian scenario in terms of mentality, openness to innovation, work culture, challenges and markets. At the heart of the meetings was the question of how women can influence industry and the difficulties that can be encountered in typically male dominated sectors such as that of technology. Finally there was a meeting with venture capitalist Sivan Shamri Dahan, partner in the Qumra capital Fund and the founder of Women Founders Forum, a platform for mentoring and supporting startups led by women.

Unindustria was also a guest at our Hub, on a day in which more than 20 Italian companies learnt about the ways in which Enel collaborates with local startups, experiencing first hand the opportunities offered by the Israeli innovative ecosystem.

More focused on the “core” themes of our Group was the bootcamp that in the second week of September put seven managers from the business line Infrastructure and Networks in contact with 20 Israeli startups specialized in innovative solutions in the sectors of the Internet of Things, Predictive analytics, Augmented Reality, Energy Management, Robotics and Drones. The aim, as always, was to evaluate opportunities for cooperation in the application of these innovations to the technology for electricity distribution networks.