Today’s morning started with the 3rd Cleantech Israel “meetup” . The group found a new venue, since it is quickly outgrew Herzelia’s Max Brenner cafe… Each meetup brings new faces, eager to get involved in Israel’s renewable energy, water and environmental technology sectors.
Event speaker this time was Mike Granoff, President of Maniv Energy Capital and an investor in Shai Agassi’s Project Better Place, who gave his perspective on the venture and it’s potential. Personally, I’m a fan!
There is no doubt that the Cleantech buzz (and real activity, not just buzz) here in Israel is growing. We are seeing hi-tech executives venture away from traditional IT industries, into this new field. In my opinion, this is great news. We have technology from the Universities and research institutes, and are now bringing management skills acquired from traditional fields into Cleantech. Growing as well are funding alternatives, although this still lags IMHO.
Thanks again to Israel Cleantech’s Jonathan Shapira and Gene Dolgin for organizing.