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The Basque Government plays host to a delegation of 15 Israeli companies seeking to learn from the Basque Country's experience with regards to clean technologies

2011 September 6

Xabier Garmendia, the Vice-Minister for Industry and Energy, today welcomed a delegation of start-up companies from Israel that wish to make contact with Basque companies in the same field. He will accompany the companies on a series of workshops set to take place in ACLIMA.


"Start-ups" are newly created companies that have great potential for growth and are associated with the promotion of innovation, technological development, high-quality employment and improved distribution of wealth, amongst other characteristics.


The Basque Government will take advantage of the delegation's visit to develop relations with Israel and to obtain as much information as possible with regards to the ways in which the Israeli Government promotes the creation of start-ups, private-sector incubators and entrepreneurship.


Today, Tuesday the 6th of September, a delegation of 15 Israeli start-up companies specialising in clean technologies has met with Xabier Garmendia, the Vice-Minister of Industry and Energy, to learn as much as possible from the Basque Country's experiences in this field. The workshops taking place throughout the day will be attended by a number of different representatives from major companies, in addition to members of the Israel Institute of Technology. The Israeli delegation will take the opportunity to visit some of the Basque companies that specialise in clean technologies and form a part of ACLIMA (the Basque Country's Environmental Industries Cluster Association).


The 15 corporate representatives arrived in the Basque Country on Sunday and began their visit with a trip to the Guggenheim Museum. During yesterday's workshop, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism gave the Israeli delegation a detailed briefing on the assistance and services provided in the Basque Country by the Sociedad para la Transformación Competitiva (the Competitive Transformation Company - SPRI), particularly in the areas of innovation and internationalisation.
Subsequently, a presentation was given at ACLIMA's offices in Bilbao on start-up companies in the field of clean technologies and the projects implemented using the Basque Country's IK4 and Tecnalia technology platforms.


The Israeli companies that visited the Basque Country work with technologies that respect the environment, such as new methods of water treatment, renewable energies, nanotechnology and technology and biotechnology applied to food and water. The aim of their visit is to establish collaboration agreements with Basque companies and institutes, while the Basque Government will take the opportunity to find out about the role played by the Israeli Government and Israeli institutions in the promotion of private-sector incubators and start-up companies.


"Start-ups" are newly created companies that have great potential for growth and are associated with the promotion http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovaci%C3%B3nof innovation, technological development, high-quality employment and improved distribution of wealth, amongst other characteristics. In general, start-ups begin with a creative business idea and use innovation to develop the idea and make it unique before finally going into business. Fast-growing businesses are a fundamental part of the "start-up" philosophy.

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