Economic Development
in the Negev


The Merage Foundation is working with key partners across the region to establish a cohesive and dynamic DesertTech innovation cluster, positioning the Negev as the world’s hub for Desert Innovation. Our program aims to support the development and commercialization of climate change and desert technologies (such as AgTech, WaterTech, renewable Energy, and other sustainable innovations). Part of our work includes promoting the emergence of early-stage DeserTech startups, mobilizing the “entrepreneurial capital” in the region, and establishing partnerships between public and private institutions (startups, academia, MNC, VCs, local municipalities and national government).

Our activities include organizing regular meetups and other activities to support the DeserTech ecosystem, establishing an annual international conference on DeserTech, and starting an intensive entrepreneurship program in collaboration with BGU and other research centers. We also plan on hosting an international accelerator, supporting the establishment of a VC fund that backs early-stage DeserTech technologies, and creating international exposure.