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Top 100 tech companies in Europe named, 19 are from Israel

From solar technology to driver safety, startups are providing solutions to everyday problems.

What do an app that lets you easily share sports videos and a machine that examines human cells in just minutes have in common? They're both on a new list of the top 100 tech companies in Europe just released by tech news site Red Herring. Lots of countries were represented in the rankings – the United Kingdom, Greece, Switzerland and France – but one country in particular stood out. Nineteen of the companies are based in Israel.

Yossi Abramowitz, the CEO of Israel-based Energiya Global, a leading international solar development company, is not surprised by Israel's ranking on the Red Herring list. "Israel is big on innovation," he told From The Grapevine. "We are blessed with some of the best universities in the world, a diverse population speaking 70 languages and a tradition of challenging conventional thinking."

Ecoppia, an Israeli company that made the list, invented a robot that cleans hard-to-reach solar panels. The company has already cleaned more than 9 million solar panels and continues to expand. It also built the world's first completely autonomously cleaned solar energy park in the Negev desert.

“Selecting startups that show the most potential for disruption and growth is never easy,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “We looked at hundreds and hundreds of candidates from all across the continent ... Each year, the competition gets tougher but we believe Ecoppia demonstrates the vision, drive and innovation that define a Red Herring Top 100.”

Another Israeli company that made the list is i4drive, which uses smartphones to enhance driver safety. Their technology turns a phone from a distraction to a driving assistant instead. For example, one of its functions is to automatically reply to any incoming calls with an "I'm busy" message. It can also tell you if you're driving too close to the car in front of you or if you're veering off the road.

Ari Roisman, the co-founder and CEO of Israel-based Glide, a popular video messaging app for smartphones, is excited to see all of the innovation coming out the country. "It's inspiring to see all of the areas in which innovative Israeli entrepreneurs are successfully building companies," he told From The Grapevine. "Almost one-fifth of the companies on the Red Herring list are from Israel. These 19 companies are a true testament to the spirit of innovation that characterizes our country.”


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