Canadian Smart Mobility Mission to Israel, October 28-30, 2018

Request for Expression of Interest

Technology-driven Canadian companies active in the smart mobility space and interested in fuelling growth through international research and development collaboration are invited to apply to join the Canadian Smart Mobility Mission to Israel, scheduled for October 28-30, 2018.

Applications should be made to Global Affairs Canada, through the Embassy of Canada in Tel Aviv. Interested companies must submit completed applications no later than September 4, 2018.

Mission Objective

The mission will focus on establishing industrial research and development (R&D) partnerships between Canadian and Israeli companies in various areas of the smart mobility sector, including connected and autonomous vehicles. Examples of such partnerships include technology validation, adaptation and co-development projects.

Note that the focus of the mission is not venture capital investment or sales to corporates based in Israel.

Canadian Delegation Profile

Canadian participants should have an interest in pursuing technology validation, adaptation and co-development partnerships with small- and medium-sized Israeli firms. Canadian participants should be able to clearly define their research and development needs and what they are seeking in potential partners.

Canadian participants should also meet the requirements below in order to benefit from this initiative:

Mission Description

The Canadian Smart Mobility Mission to Israel will take place from October 28-30, on the margins of the Smart Mobility Summit 2018, in Tel Aviv.

Elements of the mission will include:

Mission participants should be focused on a wide range of areas in the smart mobility and connected and autonomous vehicles sectors, including sensors (including cameras, radar and LIDAR), artificial intelligence, communication systems, fleet and traffic management, augmented reality, and cybersecurity.

Description of the Initiative

Israel is home to a significant and growing cluster of companies active in the autonomous vehicle and connected car space, with more than 450 start-ups and SMEs active in the space. The ecosystem is bolstered by the presence of an increasing number of multinational firms, including the likes of Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen, as well as parts manufacturers such as Magna and Continental. Global technology firms have also invested in the space, including Google and Intel. Venture capital investment, including from global corporates, has followed and fuelled the industry. This growth is extraordinary, particularly as Israel is not home to a single automotive manufacturing line.

The Israeli autonomous and connected vehicle ecosystem provides significant opportunity for technology-driven Canadian SMEs looking to develop research and development partnerships with Israel firms and connect to one of the most exciting industry clusters in the world.

Financial Support for Travel to the Mission

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) may provide financial support to eligible participants for 50% of all eligible expenses (see application process below) such as:

Expenses for the mission program, including ecosystem tour and conference attendance, will be provided to all Canadian participants free of charge.

How to Apply for Participation

Interested companies should request a full application from Hendrik Kuipers, Trade Commissioner (Innovation) at the Embassy of Canada in Tel Aviv via e-mail (

Your request should include:

1. A brief summary of your company’s products, R&D activities, and technology development goals;

2. Confirmation that your company has the interest and capacity to engage in international research and development collaboration; and

3. Confirmation that your company is a profit-orientated, Canadian small- or medium-sized enterprise with fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees (this may be verified later in the application process). Canadian firms who are not eligible, but have an interest in the Israeli smart mobility sector, are nonetheless welcome to contact the Embassy for other business development services. 

If eligible, a full application form will be provided that will request additional information on your company, your technology development goals, and desired attributes of potential technology partners. Expressions of interest and completed applications will be due no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The selection of eligible companies will involve a review of the completed applications led by the Embassy of Canada to Israel, and may involve other Government of Canada officials and the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation.

Selected applicants will be notified no later than September 10, 2018.

Companies formally selected to participate in the mission, and who have expressed interest in applying for travel support, will be notified of the decision on travel funding support no later than October 1, 2018.

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation, delivers the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) in Israel. CIIP supports industrial R&D collaborations between Canadian SMEs and companies in key markets, including Israel. Collaborative R&D projects between Canadian and Israeli companies that result from the Canadian Smart Mobility Mission to Israel may be eligible to apply for CIIP project funding.

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