We had a pleasure of organizing a business delegation of Podlaskie Voivodeship representatives of the local government, business and academia to Israel in late January. The main goal of the mission was to establish contacts and find inspiration to foster the development of the Agricultural Valley 4.0, a regional innovation ecosystem, which covers three areas: AgriTech, FoodTech and HealthTech.

Podlaskie Voivodeship is located in the north-east of Poland. Mainly agricultural region with dynamically developing sector of food, milk, meat, poultry and cereals, as well as the sectors: light, wood, construction and engineering. Three large universities in Białystok – the capital of the voivodeship, have a significant influence on shaping and developing intellectual capital of the region as well as the country.

During five days in Israel, Polish delegates had an opportunity to meet with Israeli business, academia and research organizations. It  was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about development of a thriving Israeli innovation ecosystem. From InNegev business incubator in Rahat, up to Tel-Hai College in Qiryat Shemona – we were learning how important is fostering collaboration between education, research and industry centers for the economic growth of the country.

The delegation also visited Israel Export Institute, where Israeli companies in AgriTech (AgriGo Group, AKOLogic, BeeHero, Bluewhite, Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd, Allflex Global) and HealthTech (Biobeat, Virusight Diagnostic, TytoCare) had a chance to present their cutting edge technologies.

Many thanks to Sheba Tel HaShomer City of Health, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, The Good Food Institute, InNegev, Tel-Hai College, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute for hosting us and sharing insights on ongoing and future projects.