About us

The Israeli National Center was established in 2022 by Haifa Municipality, following the decision of Israel’s Inter-Ministerial Committee for the management of the maritime space to declare Haifa as the capital of Blue Economy and Blue Tech innovation of Israel.


The Blue Economy strategy was adopted by the State of Israel in 2018, as part of a cooperation between the Israeli government and the European Union, which aims to build a long-term strategy for the sustainable management of the Sea resource.


The National Center will focus on matters of technological innovation and initiatives addressing the maritime space, while integrating urban innovation and development processes on Haifa’s shores.

Create Partnership

The National Center will create partnerships for development involving research institutes, industry, ports, environmental and community bodies, to develop and promote innovation and will become an incubator for early-stage innovation.

Assist Startups

The National Center will assist startups and entrepreneurs focusing on ocean tech at their initial stages to connect to resources, services, infrastructure, and the support their need to achieve commercial success.

Areas of activity

Our Vision

To Lead the Technological Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Based on Sustainable Innovation in the Maritime Field.

Our Mission

Positioning Israel as a World Leader in Blue Tech

Creating an innovation and technology hub in the urban space of Haifa and the Innovation District, which will be a magnet for technological entrepreneurial activities in the maritime field.

Improving the Impact on the Environment.

Promoting technologies that are in line with ESG indicators and SDG goals, support the preservation of the environment and biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Leadership Team

Lior Hanuka

Lior is the CEO of HiCenter Ventures, a business-technology entrepreneurship center in Haifa’s Innovation District.

Lior has over 20 years of experience in investments and Venture Capital investments, managing and consulting start-ups, advising investors, and leading fundraising processes in Israel and abroad.

Hila Ehrenreich

Hila is the Chief Executive of The Israeli National center for blue economy and innovation.

Hila has more than 15 years of experience in environment and infrastructure. Former, VP of BizDev and regulation in a technology incubator and CEO of a maritime government company.