PlanetM, the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, and the Israel Innovation Authority launched the Israel Michigan Autonomous Technologies Collaboration, which is designed to provide Israeli companies grant funding and access to Michigan’s resources across a variety of industries for deployment of mobility solutions, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Thursday.
The partnership was announced in conjunction with EcoMotion, a summit that connects Tel Aviv’s startup scene with Michigan’s mobility ecosystem through match meetings, industry workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities with the goal of providing support to those interested in bringing their technologies to market in Michigan.
“Our goal with this program is to provide a clear, accelerated path toward real-world deployment here in Michigan for Israeli startups developing new mobility technology, providing them with the resources and funding they need to be successful,” says Seun Phillips, managing director of PlanetM at the MEDC.
The Israel Michigan Autonomous Technologies Collaboration provides a 50/50 grant funding match for Israeli companies developing solutions to test, validate, and prove their technologies on Michigan roadways, in the National Airspace System, or at one of the state’s testing facilities, which include the American Center for Mobility, Mcity at the University of Michigan, GM Mobility Research Center at Kettering University, Keweenaw Research Center at Michigan Technological University, and the Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium.
The program will also provide access to technology incubators, accelerators, and industry leaders in the state.
“The transportation industry is undergoing rapid changes in recent years in preparation for the future autonomous vehicles,” says Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority. “This transformation builds on the innovative technologies that will allow this transition to take place. As a leading technological hub, Israeli innovation can play a major role in enabling and even leading this transition. We are therefore looking forward to take part in this collaboration with PlanetM and the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator in enabling Israeli smart mobility startups to gain access to additional resources, funding, and platforms that will allow them to test innovative smart mobility solutions in preparation for future global deployment.”
Access to Michigan’s mobility ecosystem allows Israeli companies to test and deploy their technologies in the state’s extreme weather conditions, which is crucial. The program supports projects in autonomous and connected vehicles, smart mobility, transportation, smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and big data and smart cities.
The application for the first round of grant recipients will remain open through Sept. 3. The application and more information are available here.
PlanetM is the mobility-focused brand and business development program of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The Israel Innovation Authority is responsible for the country’s innovation policy.