Pears Program for Global Innovation

Harnessing the power of Israeli innovation to address the needs of the developing world

Throughout this whole process, the Pears Foundation has been an active and engaged partner. As our Program has progressed, redefining itself from year to year, developing new objectives and programming, the Pears Foundation has stayed with us every step of the way. Their openness to new ideas has enabled us to take risks and lead the Program in untested directions. They have given us the space (and the resources) to try, to learn from our mistakes, and to improve. One thing that I find particularly admirable about the relationship that we have with the Pears Foundation is the mutual trust that we have developed over the years. That sort of faith in us, and the trust that we have for the Foundation in return, make the relationship both a blessing and a pleasure for us.
Dr Aliza Belman Inbal,
Program Director
We must leverage the incredible culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that exists in Israel to benefit the world’s poorest people. Building a community of Israeli visionaries and innovative leaders has the potential to create a lasting change in the world.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

Partner since: 2010

Funding invested: £2.3million

  • Core: Core funding
  • Project: Pears Challenge

Pears Foundation is dedicated to harnessing the power of Israeli innovation to address the needs of the developing world. The Pears Program for Global Innovation is enabling Israeli entrepreneurs and innovators to play a larger role in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time: ensuring water, food, clean energy, healthcare and education for all.

The Pears Program works in different ways to build the capacity of the Israeli private sector to address developing world challenges through innovation.

  • Programmes

Building events and partnerships to inform, inspire and build the capacity of Israeli entrepreneurs to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship for development.

  • Community

Hosting the Israeldev community, a professional network dedicated to harnessing Israeli innovation to address barriers to international development.

  • Research and policy

Convening government, business and international organisations in order to build a supportive policy environment for innovation for development.

The Pears Program’s flagship initiative is the Pears Challenge, which empowers outstanding Israeli entrepreneurs, innovators, designers and humanitarian professionals to create innovative, financially sustainable and impact-oriented technology ventures addressing the needs of developing countries. The Challenge is a staged programme which guides a selected cohort though the process of generating new technologies and structuring business plans.  They receive ongoing support for their innovations including help with piloting and connecting with seed financing, through to successful commercialisation and scale up.

The Program began at Tel Aviv University in 2006 and is now based at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research. The Foundation has provided core support since its inception, enabling it to grow, strengthen its networks, create new initiatives and achieve greater impact.