As a result of December’s South Carolina Business and Research Mission to Israel, Levin Consulting Group (LCG) with its Israel offices in Kiryat Yam and Tel Aviv, visited South Carolina the week of February 11th, and full days were scheduled for them in each region of the state. LCG is an IP management and business development firm that manages a clientele of Israeli companies and supports them in accessing the US market. LCG’s purpose was to introduce their client companies, HDH, Dali Medical, Medivur, Vigor, Agor, NGS, RoniPal, StampEE, and Dog TV, to potential investors and collaborators in the state.
According to LCG’s Eyal Blank, “The tour was substantial for our clients. Relationships were built, network foundations laid, and new opportunities raised from the connections that were made during this visit. We look forward to the next trip to introduce potential South Carolina clients to our unique IP management model and our existing clients to new and prospective Southern US markets.”
New Carolina Executive Director Emeritus George Fletcher reported that the Greenville visit he coordinated went very well. His focus was to introduce them to local economic developers and distribution companies such as CTD that already represents Surf, an Israeli videoconferencing technology company. LCG also presented to a Clemson University MBA group.
The Columbia leg of the visit included meetings with the South Carolina Research Authority and USC’s Faber Center for Entrepreneurship at the Darla Moore School of Business; with international trade and small business assistance representatives from the South Carolina Department of Commerce; and with the leadership of the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation (CETi) which is USC’s Start-Up Assistance Center. LCG also presented and enjoyed dinner with students from the University of South Carolina. “Our aim was to introduce LCG to all of the resources in our area that their companies may need to successfully move to the next stage of business growth,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, Director of Business Solutions with Innovista at USC. “
The Low Country activities were arranged by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center Charleston. They hosted a luncheon with community and business leaders and organizations including CRDA and Charleston Angel Partners, followed by a visit and tour of two incubators in the Charleston Digital Corridor. “The Charleston region remains very interested in developing strong business and trading ties with Israel. The small but impactful trade mission held with the Levin Group really showcased the quality of and entrepreneurialism exhibited by Israel companies. We look forward to building off these new connections,” said Jeff Cain, Director, World Trade Center Charleston.
The visit of Levin Consulting Group was an educational component of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, organized and managed by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region. This 2-year old initiative is chaired by Jonathan Zucker (The InterTech Group).