Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday awarded the fourth annual Prime Minister’s Innovation Prize to Appleseeds Academy in a ceremony at Tel Aviv University.

Appleseeds Academy earned the NIS 80,000 award for its work providing technological training and access to underserved populations in Israel, such as the ultra-Orthodox, Druse and Arab communities.

About half the graduates of its vocational training centers find jobs within six months.

The prize, which is given to both innovative businesses and nonprofits, also had four honorable mentions, each of which received NIS 30,000.

One went to Top-It-Up Ltd., a commercial venture that developed floating modular covers for reservoirs that preserve water quality (and quantity) by reducing evaporation.

Another went to User1st, a cloud-based service that helps make websites accessible for users with various disabilities, such as the hearing or seeing impaired. A third honorable mention was given to Metabolic Robots, which developed an automated poultry feeding system that can boost profits by reducing waste. The final honorable mention went to Israel AV, which works to integrate deaf and hard-ofhearing children into regular educational frameworks and using cutting-edge treatments and technology.

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