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Nebraska-based company Li-Cor travels to Israel for Business
Feb 20-21, the Lincoln, Nebraska-based, Li-Cor, Inc. traveled to Israel to meet potential distributors via our GKS. Li-Cor sells analytical instruments for life science research.
Welcoming Briefing at CyberTech 2018
On January 29, CS Israel co-hosted a welcome briefing for more than 30 attendees at CyberTech 2018, a major annual gathering of the international cyber community. Attendees included U.S. company representatives as well as State and Municipal Economic Development Organizations who are in Israel to promote investment and collaboration with their localities. In addition to the Embassy’s Political, Economic and Commercial Counselors, and the Legal Attaché, the briefing featured two guest speakers representing the Israeli Cyber community. Specifically, Mr. Rafael Maman, partner, cybersecurity & Digital Strategies at PWC and Mr. Rami Efrati, a founding member of Israel’s Cyber National Bureau
Israel Delegation to CES 2018
On January 9 to 12, CS Christina Azar led a delegation of 90 Israelis to CES in Las Vegas, NV. At the event, the CS ICT team arranged Show Time meetings, a session with the CES organizer, and a matchmaking reception. CS Azar counseled 15 U.S. companies during Show Time and reached out to numerous US companies at show. CS Azar will follow-up with the Israeli delegation and will offer assistance as needed.
We organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations.
On November 7, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations. CS Mendelovich worked with the EDOs to target a high-level audience from Israel’s leading business and government organizations. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants, followed by Kimm Coyner, VP, REDI Cincinnati and Shelly Dickstein, City Manager, Dayton, who provided comprehensive overviews highlighting their Israel investment programs and focusing on success stories, including CS Israel SUSA Summit participant Woosh, which established operations in Dayton in 2016.
Greg Briscoe opened Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week
On November 12, Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe opened Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week by addressing guests at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and helping to “ring the bell” to open the day’s trading with 11 other key players from Israel’s Start-up Nation ecosystem, including Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman. SCO Briscoe highlighted Israeli innovation and promoted the natural ties between U.S. and Israeli firms. He also offered SelectUSA as the USG’s answer to helping Israeli entrepreneurs make the connections necessary to expand to the United States. CS Israel will follow up with contacts made at the event to promote investment into the U.S. and to recruit Israeli firms to join the Israel Delegation to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signs Memorandum of Understanding with Israeli company HackerUSA
Israel based HackerU, was part of CS Israel's delegation to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in 2017. The Summit provided HackerU the opportunity to engage and network with federal officials and State representatives from the economic development organizations, which gave them invaluable information in determining their investment strategy. Since, HackerU’s subsidiary HackerUSA has signed an agreement with the State of Missouri which will pave the way for Missouri colleges and universities to work with HackerUSA in order to start a cyber security training programs. “Cyber security can be a great strength for our state, and we can create more good jobs for Missourians, said Greitens in recent press release”. HackerUSA’s CEO Mr. Ariel Cohen looks forward to working with business and education leaders in Missouri to build partnerships
Governor Scott Walker presents Wisconsin’s water technology sector to leading Israeli water companies
On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a business roundtable for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with leading companies from Israel’s internationally recognized innovative water industry. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants and reviewed U.S.-Israel trade and investment relations, highlighting potential synergies between Israel and the state of Wisconsin. Governor Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and leaders of the State’s water industry presented Wisconsin’s key business advantages in the water technology sector, highlighting the state’s long history of support for innovation in water treatment and management, making a strong case for why businesses in Israel should invest in Wisconsin. One Israeli start-up announced on the spot its intention to locate its R&D operations in Wisconsin to join and benefit from the state’s water innovation ecosystem.
Country Market Briefing for the Mayor of San Antonio and US Chamber Representatives
On October 23, CS Israel was delighted to host San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his 17 person trade and cultural delegation for a briefing on the Israeli Market. Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Susan Hettleman was joined by two State Department colleagues, Political Counselor Michael Snowden and Economic Officer Daniel Gage to present an overview of U.S.-Israel relations. Mayor Nirenberg and his delegation will be in Israel for 7 days with the intention to deepen relationships with local leaders, align economic development opportunities in targeted industries, and strengthen cultural and educational ties between San Antonio and Israel. The delegation was organized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.
Business Networking Luncheon for Utah Trade Mission, hosted by S Horowitz.
SelectUSA Specialist Sigal Mendelovich attended the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development business networking luncheon, hosted by S Horowitz. The business luncheon was a great success, inviting representatives from the Israeli business community to network with Gov Herbert and the EDO representatives, as well as the business delegation. Gov Herbert mentioned the great similarity between Israel and Utah, both growing in credit to its incredible innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Celebrating Oracle’s 20th anniversary in Israel and the opening of their new offices
On September 12th, Ambassador Friedman attended and gave welcome remarks at the “Hi-Tech Reception” co-hosted by Oracle Israel and Hi-Tech Ambassadors. The event had two main purposes: first, to celebrate 20 years of Oracle in Israel and inaugurate the firm’s new offices; and second, to welcome and introduce you to the top innovation high-tech leaders in Israel. CS Tel Aviv has a key role in organizing this event. 120 high-tech officials attended the event. The event was open to press and one of the most known newspapers, Jerusalem post published an article about the successful event.
Ambassador Friedman attends El Al ceremony in honor of the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner
On August 23, 2017 Ambassador David Friedman attended a special El Al ceremony in honor of the delivery of the company's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. El Al announced the order for a total of 16 Boeing planes, valued at $1.25 billion, at the end of 2015. The August 23 ceremony celebrated the inaugural landing of the first Boeing 787 and was attended by more than 2,000 El Al employees, along with senior executives from Boeing, who accompanied El Al President David Maimon on the plane's innaugural flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv. Mr. Maimon and Israeli Minister of Transport & Road Safety Yisrael Katz delivered remarks. DSCO Susan Hettleman accompanied Ambassador Friedman to the event.
2016 FDI Results Rank Israel High for FDI to the US
2016 FDI data ranks Israel as #13 for largest source of FDI in the United States, an astonishing 121% increase from 2015. BEA has released new data on foreign direct investment in the U.S. by country, showing Israel as a significant and growing source of FDI with a total stock as of 2016 of $55 billion dollars, making Israel the #13 largest source of FDI in the United States, and #8 for the fastest growing source of FDI in the United States. 2016 total FDI Stock is $3.725 trillion, a 12.8% increase from 2015. This was driven by strong growth in a number of markets, including Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, China, and Israel.
Wisconsin Governor Walker is visiting Israel in October
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is planning a trip to Israel with a trade delegation in October/November 2017. The Governor’s advance team came to Israel July 16-20 to meet government, academia, service providers and trade organizations to explore the possibility of closer ties with the Wisconsin Water Council and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s School of Fresh Water Sciences. CS Israel organized the 5 day visit and accompanied Katy Sinnott, VP International Business Development and Stanley Pfrang, Sr. Market Development Director Europe, ME & Africa, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Pictured with Professor Jack Gilron, Head of the Desalination and Water Treatment Departments at the Ben Gurion University Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research.
SelectUSA Investment Summit 2017 Israel Delegation
SCO Gregory Briscoe led another successful Israeli Investment Delegation to the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in DC. The delegation consisted of 20 Israeli companies, comprising 30 delegates. All are interested in establishing or expanding a presence in the United States. In addition, the U.S. Chamber in cooperation with Holland Knight Law Firm hosted a reception for the Israel delegation, inviting American companies to network with the group. The delegation comprised of leading Israeli companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Albaad, Meir Beigel, Cellebrite, Aeronautics, and more. The United States offers great opportunities for all type of Israeli companies, from very well-known large companies to small and medium-sized start-ups and entrepreneurial activities.
Embassy Briefing at Cyberweek 2017
On June 26th, CS Israel co-hosted together with the Tel Aviv University a welcoming briefing for all U.S. executive speakers attending CyberWeek2017. The briefing included presentations by the embassy’s, Economic and Political Counselors, as well as representative of the FBI and two guest speakers from the Israeli industry, Dr. Dorit Dor, VP of Products at Checkpoint and Mr. Achiad Alter, manager of Cyber Security Unite at the Israel Export Institute, both giving an overview of the Israeli Cyber industry overview. A total of 23 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing
Israel’s fashion market hosted by FOX Group and the FICC
On June 26th, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended a special meeting and lecture about Israel’s fashion market hosted by one of Israel’s leading retail Company, FOX Group and the Israeli Federation of Israeli Chamber of Commerce (FICC). The event was geared toward the embassy officials from various countries, primarily to meet Mr. Harel Wiesel, Owner and CEO of FOX Group and to also learn about the fashion retail industry in the market.
Aerospace firms seeking opportunities in the Israel defense market
SCO Greg Briscoe headlined an intercontinental seminar for 25+ Long Island aerospace firms seeking opportunities in the Israel defense market. The seminar—“Selling to Israel’s Aerospace, Defense and Security Sectors”—was a cooperative effort organized by Long Island USEAC International Trade Specialists Susan Sadocha and Milly Ho and New York’s economic development organization GlobalNY. SCO Briscoe and Israel NY representative Gerry Stoch dialed into the Cradle of Aviation Museum venue in Garden City, NY from USCS offices in Tel Aviv. The event also featured presenters from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Air Force, and the ITA Aerospace Team.
US pavilion at the ISDEF 2017
On June 6, CS Israel’s Briscoe officially opened the US pavilion at the ISDEF 2017, Defense and HLS trade show. SCO Briscoe gave a country commercial briefing to representatives of 29 US companies who attended and Sr. Commercial Specialist counseled the US companies about opportunities in the Israeli market and market entry strategies. For many companies this was their first visit to Israel or contact with the USCS. Over 300 exhibitors took part including companies from India and Czech Republic. Of note, were the two pavilions from Virginia and Illinois State Economic Development Organizations that actively recruited for the show.
Pre-Summit Breakfast Meeting at Ambassador’s Residence
This week, Ambassador Friedman hosted a successful pre-summit breakfast briefing on Monday meeting the 28 delegates attending the summit this month. The Israel group is an incredibly impressive delegation, by both the quality of the delegation and its diversity, comprising small, medium, and large companies, those with varying degrees of presence in the US.
CS Israel’s Yael Torres at IPW 2017
CS Israel Yael Torres led a buyers and travel media delegation to IPW, June 3-7 in Washington DC. Israeli delegation members held over 300 meetings with US suppliers, generating 100Ks in travel business. The number of entries by Israelis into the United States increased 20% between 2014 and 2016 to 435,000.
New Program Brings US Business Execs to Israel
The US Chamber of Commerce and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce launched Business Israel today. The US Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its Israel affiliate the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Israel), today launched Business Israel, a multi-year program to bring executives from leading business organizations across the US to Israel. The program launched with an inaugural mission led by Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs for the US Chamber. The delegation included seventeen CEOs and presidents from state and major metropolitan chambers of commerce from across the US. Read more…
CS Tel Aviv Teams with Local Chamber of Commerce to Promote U.S. Exports
CS Tel Aviv Specialists Alan Wielunski, Yael Torres, and Christina Azar took part in 40+ counseling meetings with Israeli firms seeking U.S. products and services to import to Israel. The meetings were organized by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC), a key USCS trade and investment partner. CS Tel Aviv specialists have already reached out to ODO teams and offices to find U.S. partners for the Israeli importers. Next steps will include a series of webinars produced with the FICC to promote the Israel market to U.S. firms.
Representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visit Israel
On March 27th representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visited Israel for the first time, to participate as guest speakers on in a Multimedia Conference and Exhibition. SCO Greg Briscoe and Commercial Specialist, Christina Azar met the three representatives to give them an overview of the Israeli Audio & Visual market, and discuss possible ways InfoComm and ISE can interact with the Israeli market
Visit to Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Toubas
On March 28th SCO Greg Briscoe and Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum visited Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Nablus and Khaizaran Fresh Herbs (Agripal) in Toubas. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the state-of-the-art business operations of a Palestinian ice cream company and meet the owner of an agribusiness that employs around 1,000 and plans to invest in the United States. As a follow-on to CS West Bank’s visit to the northern parts of the West Bank, Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum will be providing Al-Arz Ice Cream Co. with US suppliers of skimmed milk powder and pistachios. He will also provide Agripal with guidance on investing in the US by working closely with the SelectUSA Office at HQ.
Organized Workshop for U.S. Company DigitalTown Visiting Israel
On February 6th, CS Christina Azar organized a workshop for DigitalTown Inc. as US based company under the Business Facilitation Company. DigitalTown Inc. provides platform that enables users to meet various social challenges while taking part in a larger framework for local economic development, civic engagement, and digital inclusion all while keep funds in local economies as they roam from city to city. The workshop took place at the Tel Aviv public Library which included 20 people from various municipalities and start-up companies from all over the country. Guests who attended the workshop described it to be informative and are looking forward to cooperate with DigitalTown Inc. in the future. In addition to the workshop CS Christina played an essential role in rescheduling additional meetings with key player in the Israeli smart city sector.
Newly Appointed DAS Seward “Skip” Jones visits Israel
Mr. Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at NIST visited Israel on January 29 - 31, 2017. As part of the Visit, Mr. Stine participated as a key speaker in a panel discussion on Global CyberSecurity at CyberTech2017 conference, where he addressed to new updated Cybersecurity Standards Framework and Center of Excellence Programs. In addition, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar organized, 3 full days of meetings that included a site visit to CyberSpark in BeerSheva, two roundtables hosted by Israel Innovation Authority, Israel-US Amcham and the BIRD foundation. As a follow up to this visit, CS Tel Aviv will conduct series of calls with Israeli cyber organization s to discuss NIST programs and guidelines
Welcoming Briefing for U.S. Firms Attending CyberTech 2017
On January 29th, CS Israel hosted a welcoming briefing for all U.S. firms attending CyberTech 2017. The briefing included presentations by the embassy’s Commercial, Economic and Political Counselors, as well as representative of the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a guest speaker, Dr. Tal Steinherz, the CTO of the Israel National Cyber Directorate at the Prime Minister’s office provided an overview of the Israeli cyber industry. A total of 40 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing.
SelectUSA Booth at CyberTech 2017
SelectUSA, for the 2nd year, held a booth at the 2017 Cybertech Conference to promote U.S. Israel cyber collaboration and encourage foreign direct investment into the United States. SelectUSA representative in Israel Sigal Mendelovich held meetings with Israeli companies in the Cyber field to highlight the U.S. as a premier destination for market expansion and to promote the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit. Cybertech is the most significant conference and exhibition of cyber technologies outside the Unites States
NextGen First Responder Technologies program offers grants for joint R&D projects
The DHS and the Israel Ministry of Public Security "NextGen First Responder Technologies" program offers grants for joint R&D projects. New proposals are due by February 15, 2017. Read more… http://www.birdf.com/?CategoryID=441
Governor Charles Baker and delegation visit to Israel
CS Israel welcomed the Massachusetts Governor Baker and First Lady and delegation to Israel. We worked closely with the New England-Israel Business Council NEIBC to organize a successful CMR reception. MA invited over one hundred Brandeis, Harvard and MIT alumni living in Israel.
CS Israel hosts round table with the Israel Innovation Authority - IAI
On December 14 CS Israel hosted a round table with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and NIST to discuss government programs and best practices for advancing innovation in traditional industries. IIA briefed us on their traditional industries program and their interest in promoting R&D for those companies. NIST Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, Phil Singerman, described the MEP program, which has a similar mission. He also described the Manufacturing USA program and discussed how Israeli companies could participate. Ms. Singerman stated that the DOC-IIA MOU provides a framework for cooperation between Israeli companies and specifically NIST advanced manufacturing extramural programs - MEP and MFGUSA - and that the issue of mutual benefit can perhaps be realized through the BIRD mechanism.
CS Israel participates in 3M 20 year anniversary celebration
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Leslie Tsou, SCO Gregory Briscoe and CS Christina Azar attending the 20 year anniversary celebration for 3M Israel. Ms. Tsou was the key note speaker at the ceremony, addressing the great milestone 3M Israel achieved, and congratulating 3M for maintaining a global competitiveness, by their ongoing collaboration between US and Israeli companies. Among the guests were 3M’s business partners, local distributors and employees
Rhode Island Trade Mission to Israel 2016
CS Israel welcomed the Rhode Island trade mission to Israel consisting of state officials, private business firms and university reps. We worked closely with the RI Commerce Corporation and Nevel International Ltd to setup B2B mtgs for the companies, organize a Country Market Briefing given by USCS, ECON and POL and a successful DCMR networking reception hosted by DCM Tsou
Smart City World Congress in Barcelona
Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, November 15 -17, 2016, organized by FIRA. CS Azar joined CS colleagues from Europe, HQ and the Domestic Field participated in 29 Global Chats, and had meetings with cities, utilities, and exhibiting companies. Months before the Smart City World Congress, CS Azar partnered with a local FIRA representative, who recruited over 130 people to attend the show, among them were Mayors, municipal CIO and private companies. CS Azar offered an added value service to Israeli companies would like to meet with US representatives.
Luncheon to Promote Travel And Tourism from Israel
EDMO CEO Gordon Haas gives the city key to Ms. Yael Barzilay, Commercial Director, United Airlines Israel, at a luncheon presentation, organized by CS Israel Yael Torres. United hosted the luncheon to promoted travel and tourism from Israel to Elizabeth.
CS Israel leads buyers delegation to IPW
CS Israel Commercial Specialist Yael Torres led a buyers' and travel media delegation to International Pow Wow, June 18-22, 2016 in New Orleans, where Israeli buyers collectively had over 250 business meetings, focusing on existing and new U.S. suppliers. Commercial Specialist Yael Torres met U.S. suppliers to discuss market opportunities, CS services and programs that can help raise the consumer awareness to respective destination profiles. Arrivals of Israeli residents into the United States in 2015 totaled 402,000, a 13% increase from 2014.
SelectUSA Summit 2016
On June 20, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro led a delegation of 20 Israeli companies, comprising 37 delegates, to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington DC. All are interested in establishing or expanding a presence in the United States. In addition, the Israeli Embassy in DC, Ambassador Ron Dermer, hosted a reception for the Israel delegation at the U.S. capitol hill, inviting members of congress, senators and American companies to network with the group. The delegation comprised of leading Israeli companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, ICL, Haifa Chemicals, Caesar Stone, Mobileye, Lumenis and more.
Along with USG representatives from State, Treasury, OPIC, USDA, USTR, and USAID, DUS Ken Hyatt led Commerce discussions at the launching of first U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue (USPED), which was held in the West Bank on May 22, 2015. During the first session, DUS Hyatt gave opening remarks along with State's A/S Rivkin and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Ms. Abeer Odeh. During the other sessions, DUS Hyatt discussed Commerce’s capacity building engagements, IBP enhancement plans, and standards-related activities in the West Bank. In addition, he suggested establishing a Trade Working Group with representatives from Commerce, USTR, and USAID. Around seven Palestinian Ministers and several Palestinian DGs participated in the discussions, along with Naomi Wiegler, Gregory Briscoe, and Assad Barsoum from ITA.
Smart City Reception
DUS Ken Hyatt Leads Commerce at the First U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue
DUS Hyatt Meeting Israeli Water Innovation Companies
DUS Hyatt met Israeli water technologies companies to learn about their innovations and discuss ways to connect them to American companies. He provided an overview of how the Department of Commerce promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and how we work with individual states. Israeli companies discussed the challenges they face and suggested setting up a US National Water Innovation Demo Site as a launch pad for innovation and entrepreneurship in this sector. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough technologies to manage scarce water resources. These solutions include drip irrigation, desalination, water reclamation and purification and improved management and flow control methods. Israel recycles more than 80 percent of its wastewater for agricultural use. Israel also leads in desalination with five plants that produce 600 million cubic meters of water annually. Israel shares its experience with many countries, including China, India, and the United States.
DUS Hyatt Networking with US and Israeli participants at Biomed
As part of DUS Hyatt visit to Israel, he attended the Biomed Israel Conference Gala Reception to network with Israeli and U.S. guests, government officials, companies and investors. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough healthcare technologies. These solutions include biotech/pharmaceutical, medical devices, health IT, and digital health. The Israeli government has established national programs to support R&D and commercialization. During the last decade the Office of the Chief Scientist has invested more than $100 million annually in the life sciences sector via its programs. During his visit, DUS Hyatt signed an MOU with the Chief Scientist to promote US-Israel exchange of innovation and entrepreneurship, including in the biomed sector.
DUS Hyatt visits Israel and signs MOU with Chief Scientist of Israel
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt returned to Israel on May 22nd-25th to participate in the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) meetings. At the JEDG he signed a Joint Innovation MOU with the Chief Scientist of Israel. He also participated in cybertech and watertech roundtables, met with Noble Energy and with the U.S. Ambassador and attended a networking reception at the Israel Biomed conference.
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