This year, the University has launched a new cohort for the Blue Economy program, a mini-acceleration program, in collaboration with Haifa Innovation Labs (HIL), the University of Haifa’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship, along with the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences. Following the SwitchMed methodology, the professors have encouraged participants to register and complete the business canvas on SwitchMed’s digital platform, enabling them to join the Switchers community.
All the students in our previous programs in Green and Blue Economy have registered with the SwitchMed platform, benefiting from the well-established methodology that guides the process of launching projects and companies by entrepreneurs. This allows them to take advantage of the tested steps and resources provided by SwitchMed to launch their business models and future business implentations.
15 Participants, including Marine Sciences faculty members and graduate students take part in the program. The ventures are varied, and includes projects such as:
Increasing awareness and utilization of the non-sentient marine colonial invertebrate, Botryllus schlosseri, for laboratory experiments as a substitute for sentient animals.
Developing an amphibious robot equipped with multiple IMUs (Inertial Measurement Units) capable of navigating both on sand and underwater. The robot has versatile applications such as environmental tasks, cleaning, searching, and research.
Establishing a multi-disciplinary data center that gathers information from ships, surrounding sensors, and companies operating within the global supply chain. The main objective is to leverage this data to reduce CO2 emissions, streamline the supply chain, and enhance its efficiency.
About Haifa University
Over 18,000 students from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are enrolled at the University of Haifa, the largest research university in northern Israel, and the most pluralistic institution of higher education in the country. Founded in 1963, the University of Haifa received full accreditation in 1972 and, since then, has created and developed a world-class institution dedicated to academic and research excellence.
Through an accelerated growth strategy, the University has established Israel’s first “Multiversity” – a multi-campus institution that promotes extensive interdisciplinary studies and partnerships. The Multiversity is designed to improve access to higher education in northern Israel, better prepare students for a dynamic job market and serve as a catalyst for economic expansion and strengthening Israel’s northern region.
As a thriving academic center, the University comprises six faculties, 59 departments, ten schools and 57 research centers and institutes. The University has gained an international reputation in a variety of fields, including public health, security studies, holocaust research, cancer research, neurosciences, bioinformatics, marine sciences, education and epigenetics. The University also offers 18 international graduate programs taught in English and a Study Abroad program.
22/09/2023 · START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS
The incubation phase has officially commenced in Palestine for four promising projects selected by the jury during a pitching event held on March 20, 2023. During this event, the blue entrepreneurs behind the pre-selected 25 best business ideas unveiled their Blue Business Models, which they had developed over the preceding months within the framework of the Switchers Support Programme. See more
04/08/2023 · START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS
In a recent milestone for the SwitchMed Program, face-to-face meetings were conducted with the latest batch of entrepreneurs in Israel, signaling a new chapter of innovation and collaboration. The purpose of these visits to Tel Aviv and Haifa was to gain valuable insights into the firsthand experiences of these visionary entrepreneurs and understand how the SwitchMed training has amplified their current operations, fostering a culture of sustainability and innovation. See more
19/07/2023 · START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS
On Thursday, July 6, 2023, SwitchMed held face-to-face meetings with the latest participants of the SwitchMed Program in Israel. See more
28/06/2023 · START-UPS AND ENTREPRENEURS
One of the highlights of the event was a presentation by Giorgio Mosangini, Team Leader of Green Entrepreneurship and Civil Society, who described the latest achievements of the Switchers Support Program operating under the EU framework. Mosangini elaborated on how the SwitchMed II program provides support to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in both established and emerging sectors, fostering sustainable development in different Mediterranean regions. See more