The South Carolina – Israel Collaboration continued on its path to success when 19 participants from South Carolina attended the 4th Annual Business and Research Delegation to Israel on December 6-11. Organized by Conexx with the grant support of The InterTech Group, the delegation aimed to bring executives and decision makers from South Carolina to visit businesses and inform Israeli companies about the Collaboration’s R&D agreement.
The S.C. – Israel Collaboration is a major initiative of South Carolina’s research universities, industries and economic development agencies as well as the Israeli government. The mission is to stimulate business and research partnerships between companies and universities in S.C. and Israel as a way to generate economic development, jobs and investments.
Jonathan Zucker, President of The InterTech Group and Chair of the South Carolina – Israel Collaboration said, “This is the fourth straight year that a South Carolina business delegation has gone to Israel and we are clearly building on our previous relationships and establishing a name for the state within the Israeli business and academic community”.
Amongst the many exciting meetings that took place, the mission was split into two tracks, with some attending the Eilat-Eilot Green Energy Conference in Eilat while others attended the Globes Business Conference in Tel Aviv. Delegation participant John Ballato, the Vice President for Economic Development at Clemson University, was a panel speaker at the Eilat-Eilot Conference speaking about Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid and Net Metering.
The focus of the mission was on cyber security, medical devices and nanotechnology and delegation members were fortunate to meet with MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R& D from the Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel as well as Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
“The connections that we have made through these missions provide us with channels through which to market the resources of South Carolina to Israelis”, Zucker remarked. “The Israeli business development agencies, both private and public, now know us as do the venture capitalists, the high tech incubators, and the technology transfer departments of the major research institutions”.
Zucker went onto say that “Conexx does a terrific job of finding the people and companies that mission delegates should meet. I myself met with a number of companies that have potential of becoming excellent partners for my own company and I know that a number of our other delegates are already following up with the connections that they made during the trip”.