INNOFENSE Call for startups – Dual Use Technologies

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Following the immense success of the previous four cycles and their integration into the defense sector, iHLS invites you to join the fifth cycle of INNOFENSE. iHLS and the Ministry of Defense invite you to a one-of-a-kind journey into the deepest reaches of the defense sector, a remarkable opportunity to showcase your technology solutions and demonstrate your ability to face the complex and urgent challenges the state of Israel goes up against every day.

The Israel Ministry of Defense, the Engineering and Construction Branch,  MAF’AT (Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure), the IDF air and ground arms, the Digital Transformation Administration, Computer Service Directorate, Field Medicine and Manpower Administrations, Technological and Logistics Directorate, Department of Engineering and Construction, as well as the Intelligence Directorate, are invited to collaborate with iHLS in INNOFENSE – an innovation center for dual-use technological projects in the civilian and security sectors.

The program is designed to strengthen the links between the civilian and defense markets via the collaborative development of the technologies, thus advancing and improving their integration in both markets.

Why join us?

iHLS’ business capabilities, knowledge, and experience in the security innovation ecosystem, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense and MAFA’T, will bring about the creation of a promising and unique innovation center that will yield far-reaching achievements for Israeli innovation.

iHLS will support the startups in business development, penetration to defense and civil markets, networking, and investments. Every startup will receive significant support and advising from the best leading mentors in MAF’AT, in addition to guidance and involvement of the defense arms in the project.

The startups selected by the committee, which will be comprised of seniors from the Ministry of Defense, MAF’AT and various branches of the IDF, will be recruited to a four to six months pilot program, each receiving a grant of 200,000. Pilots deemed successful will advance to integrating themselves in the system while they keep their own ip.


If your startup applies to one of the following subjects, consider submitting your applications for INNOFENSE’s fifth cycle by July 18th:


  • Sensing explosives within large areas.
  • Phased array antenna designed for small aerial devices.

Image Processing and Algorithmics:

  • Fragment detection for injuries based on information from ultrasound or other medical devices.
  • Visual functionality checks for air platforms on the ground.
  • Improving video quality in difficult visual conditions.
  • Automated video interview analysis.
  • Image acquisition and data extraction from cameras – Event Cameras Based.

Cloud Services and Security:

  • Secure use of LLM models in a public cloud environment.
  • A system for collaborative development management of machine learning development processes.

Social Media Analysis:

  • Analysis of narratives, sentiments, emotions, and trends in various media types (text, images, video).
  • Active solutions to protect against foreign influencing activity on social networks.


  • Identification and connection between crypto and fiat money transfers, and de-anonymization of cryptographic wallets (link to a specific identity).

Spectrum and RF intelligence:

  • Cheap, simple, and mobile solutions for monitoring the state of the spectrum in a close environment for a stand-alone platform.
  • Using open sources to formulate a spectral picture – citizen protocols (3D map of obstructions and interruptions) with an emphasis on WiFi & Bluetooth.
  • Locating obstructions on Earth and in space – sensing interference, displaying a heat map of the location of the disturbance, and detecting the disturbance.


  • Fast mobile quality inspection for fuel and diesel in the field.
  • Monitoring helium gas leaks.
  • Technological solution for keeping pigeons from Hangars.
  • A fast, quiet, single-use connection of tactical equipment to a concrete wall.

Marine and Navigation Solutions:

  • Independent navigation for light roaming devices above the sea.
  • Measurement of cloud data from vessels in motion.
  • A non-violent way to halt a vessel.


  • A quiet energy generator with an energy density of more than 200 Wh/kg that is based on sources that are available in the field.

Search and Rescue:

  • A lightweight, multi-use means of heating wounded people.
  • Locating non-visible trapped people within vast destruction sites.

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