Last month, South Carolinians from throughout the state joined together in Charleston today to celebrate the accomplishments of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, now in its fourth year. Highlighting the celebration, held at the Charleston Harbour Club, was a special presentation made to Collaboration Chairperson, Jonathan Zucker, in appreciation of his dedication and hard work from the Collaboration’s inception until today. Zucker is also a Vice President of AICC.
The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration is a special initiative of AICC. Presenting the award to Zucker, AICC’s President and CEO, Shai Robkin stated “the accomplishments of this Collaboration over the course of just three years are unprecedented in our organization’s history. And there is no doubt that without Jonathan’s passionate support and leadership, none of this would have been possible.”
Zucker, President of The InterTech Group, a family-owned holding company based in Charleston, has also looked for opportunities to involve his company with business partnerships with Israel. Zucker explained “Israel is at the center of global innovation and I’m sure that we in South Carolina can provide the perfect entry point for many Israeli companies looking to penetrate the American market as well as global markets.”
This past October, South Carolina became the first Southeastern state to sign a collaborative R&D funding agreement with Israel. The program, administered jointly by MATIMOP, a division of Israel Office of the Chief Scientist, and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), offers matching grants to South Carolina and Israeli companies who collaborate on industrial R&D projects.
In December, the Collaboration brought to Israel, for the third straight year, a delegation of South Carolina businessmen, economic development professionals and academicians. In addition to meeting companies and researchers throughout the country, the 2013 delegation led seminars at the Globes Israel Business Conference, the largest general business meeting held in Israel each year. The seminars were promoted under the banner of “Discovering the South Carolina Secret” and focused on the Collaboration’s cluster areas: Sustainable Systems, Biomedical, Transportation, Advanced Materials, Homeland Security / Defense, and Insurance / Health Information Technology.
The Collaboration’s work has resulted in a number of business deals that have already been consummated with more in the works.