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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will on Thursday award for the first time the
Prime Minister’s Prize for Initiatives and Innovation at the Technion in Haifa,
at what is to be the main Israeli event in the framework of Global
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Candidates were considered from three sectors:
Young people, women and the periphery.
The prize committee chose the
• Pnina Furst (young people) – Set up a network that
allows employers to find temporary workers immediately, based on SMS messages
sent to appropriate workers after they confirm their availability and whose
details are sent to employers within minutes. The network has already registered
15,000 workers and over 1,000 employers.
• Maya Efrati (women) –
Developed a process that converts used polyethylene bags into a variety of
products via use of a unique ‘green’ glue that creates strong, multi-layered
sheets. The recycled sheets can be used to make purses, wallets, etc.
Ronnie Palmer (periphery) – Founding chair of the Or Movement to encourage
settlement in the Galilee and the Negev.
The Prime Minister’s Prize – NIS
75,000 for each recipient – is designed to encourage initiatives, innovative
thinking, imagination and creativity among various population groups and to
foster changes in the areas of the environment, society, science, technology and
others, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on
“Israel is among the world leaders in initiatives thanks to its
human capital. We have many entrepreneurs who are active in our universities,
hi-tech business, and so on, and I welcome this activity. We need to be leaders,”
Netanyahu said in the statement.
“The government will advance concrete
proposals in the economic sphere in order to ensure that we will continue to
maintain our qualitative advantage in innovation and initiatives. These,
in the end, are the key to the State of Israel’s economic advantage.”