Acting under the aegis of Innovation Bridge Israel, the Ruhr Metropolis aims to strengthen its relations and interaction with Israel and the start-up metropolis Tel Aviv. One pillar of the innovation bridge is the Innovation Scouting project.
In November 2017 Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH joined with AHK Israel in Tel Aviv in installing an Innovation Scout for companies of the Ruhr Metropolis. Currently involved are Rhenus Logistics, thyssenkrupp AG and Vonovia SE. On the municipal side, the EWG - Essen Business Development Corporation and Bochum Wirtschaftsentwicklung also participate in the project. The participating companies agree with the BMR on a sector or sub-sector for which the Innovation Scout analyses the Israeli market, identifying trends. In addition, the Innovation Scout also looks for interesting start-ups and technological solutions, identifies contacts and establishes initial contact with these. From November the housing company Vonovia SE will also be involved in the project.