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Climate Technologies Community



DeserTech is an Innovation Community that promotes the development, adaptation and commercialization of technologies that enable sustainable living in arid climates, while simultaneously, turning Be’er Sheva and the Negev region into a global entrepreneurial hub for these technologies.

The DeserTech Community operates at an international level and is located in Be’er Sheva, Israel, part of the world’s desert belt, and a living laboratory of science and technology. DeserTech builds on existing technological and policy research, such as Ben Gurion University and its Institutes for Desert Research, regional R&D centers, and leading startups and corporates in the areas of sustainable agriculture, energy, water, and infrastructure.


DeserTech was founded due to the global phenomenon of desertification, which is becoming a major global challenge. Desert areas cover over 40% of the world and are already home to over 20% of the world's population and its devastating consequences can be seen in the damage to biodiversity, socio-economic stability, and sustainable development.

The DeserTech Community Focuses on Solving 4 Global Desert Challenges:

Extreme Climate

Water Scarcity & Availability

Land Degradation

Remote & Marginal Living


Civil and environmental engineering areas related to the desert (buildings, neighborhoods, roads, communication, and homeland security systems).


Management of water resources in arid areas; storage, transportation, and utilization of floodwaters.


Technological solutions around production, storage, & decentralization of energy systems from natural resources in the desert: solar and heat.


A unique approach to agriculture adapted to the desert in the fields of food, cosmetics, or medicine.

What We Do?

The DeserTech Community has an extensive innovation toolkit to support private and public organizations in the implementation of innovation and connection between the ecosystem members, including:


Community building events (international conferences, workshops, meetups, investors summits)

The Merage DeserTech Competition

DeserTech CEO Forum

Tailor made open innovation and technology transfer processes (challenges, adaptations, needs assessment workshops)

International seminars for the development and adaptation of desert related technologies

More details about the program can be found on the DeserTech community website

The DeserTech program is part of the initiatives of Merage Fund for economic development in the Negev, for more information on the initiatives for the development of the Negev, click here

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