Are you a top-notch Smart City or IoT Israeli startup?


Join us in Harish at the 1st Urban Innovation Center

and gain your PoC before an international outreach!


About HIC

1. Forum set-up

  • We have created an Expert Forum of mentors & consultants in the Smart City field who will help foster urban innovation. We expect to get on board mentors and experts in every major city field at the first batch.
  • When relevant, partners and sponsors will be able to take part in the Expert Forum and contribute to the startups before, during and after the deployment.

2. Engaging the
local community

  • Harish Innovation Center is located in the main boulevard of the city. As such, it will have maximum interaction with the city inhabitants.
  • Most of the Harish inhabitants are yet to come, while each one of them is passing through the “Welcoming New Residents Center”, that will be the first point of engagement with the population and where they will register to the Innovation Center community too.

3- Coaching
the startups

  • Fine-tune all the aspects of the startup before their PoC deployment.
  • Define with every startup its product and technology KPIs.
  • Major help from the Forum, the partners and local community.

4. Deploying
the solutions

  • Deploy the startups’ solution in the Innovation Center and/or with the participation of the early adopters community of individuals and professionals.
  • Quick test/improve iterations of the startups’ solution at all levels to obtain disruptive offers and identify the highest value for the users and customers.

5. Showcase
& events

  • Our showcase will feature the startups PoC and solutions. You may also compete for winning the yearly “Harish Urban Innovation Center” award.
  • The whole innovation ecosystem will be invited: the municipality and gov. agencies, the media, investors, customers and professionals will join… and gain visibility!

About Harish

  • Harish is located in the North end of the Sharon district and on Highway 6, making it accessible from any place in Israel
  • Harish is a city built from scratch and is one of its kind in the western world today
  • The city is considered a national project and as such, has benefits for residents and businesses

Harish is built in the high paced ever in terms of building and development; planned to host 100,000 inhabitants within less than 10 years.

The Mayor of Harish is dedicated to building a Smart City and making it accessible to innovation as the largest “pilot city” in Israel.


What is it for the City? (empowered by Challengy)




Helping the municipality on the Smarter City challenges

  • Coaching the top-leadership team
  • Helping to develop the city vision
  • Enabling the internal teams engagement

Enabling innovation by building and engaging the ecosystem

  • For inhabitants
    • improve resident-centric services via innovation
    • identify and grow local talent via creativity and innovation-based education
    • engage the citizens via the community, events and more
  • For Businesses
    • set-up and develop PPP (public private partnerships)
    • grow the local startups & strategic businesses (convert, foster or attract new)
    • engage the professionals (conferences, hackathons, accelerator and more)