The environmental engineers who founded the Israeli company BreezoMeter were invited to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House today, along with about 100 other forward-thinking young entrepreneurs, half from the United States and half from other countries.
BreezoMeter, launched by Zvi Lautman, Ran Korber, Revital Hendler and Emil Fisher in February last year, pioneered the world’s first real-time, location-based air quality and health recommendation platform for consumers and businesses. A free mobile app was introduced several months later.
“We are very excited to tell you that only four weeks after the United Nations recognized BreezoMeter as a company that ‘can contribute to address today’s social and environmental challenges, through new groundbreaking ideas that can become successful business,’ we were invited to take part at the Global Emerging Entrepreneurs Event at the White House on Monday, May 11th,” BreezoMeter posted on Facebook.
This Washington event comes ahead of Obama’s trip to July’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya “and provides a unique opportunity to galvanize global attention on emerging women and young entrepreneurs,” according to a White House statement.
The statement explained that the event is intended “to highlight the importance of investing in women and young entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty, climate change, extremism, as well as access to education and healthcare.”
Using big-data analytics that allow for gathering air quality and weather data from thousands of sources together with unique algorithms, BreezoMeter tracks and interprets the level of air quality, right down to street level.
The Haifa-headquartered company, originally incubated in Jerusalem’s SifTech and the Technion’s BizTech accelerators, won the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week’s StartUp Open Israel Competition and was named one of the World’s Top 50 Most Promising Startups (the GEW50). BreezoMeter also made CNBC’s “20 Hottest Startups in the World” list for 2014.
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