On June 29, a group of 10 companies with solutions for cyber security landed in New York to participate in “Israel Dealmakers: Cyber.” The delegation arrived following two intensive days visiting markets in the midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis. In New York, the Israeli companies were hosted by Deloitte in Rockefeller Center, who also hosted the “Israel Dealmakers” conference.
The event began in the morning with pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings for the Israeli companies with relevant customers, investors and strategic partners. The 117 individual 1:1 meetings lasted into the afternoon, after which the group adjourned to join the “Israel Dealmakers Conference” section of the event, which featured a seminar and panel that included cyber experts from the United States and Israel. Following the afternoon program, Deloitte hosted a cocktail reception into the evening, at which Nili Shalev, Israel’s Economic Minister in New York, received the “Israel Dealmakers Award” for 2016, in recognition of her years of service working to build bridges between the U.S. and Israeli business and technology communities. At the cocktail reception, former NYC mayor Rudy Giulliani, who is currently consulting in the homeland security and cyber fields, delivered the keynote address about the importance of the American-Israeli relationship and protecting our society through efficient and competent security measures.
On June 30, the Israeli delegation visited Boston, where they were hosted by the New England Israel Business Council for meetings and a conference at Foley Hoag. At the event, the companies pitched their solutions to the audience, and then sat for 47 1:1 meetings with local companies and investors. Following the meetings, the conference hosted a networking lunch. To conclude a hectic week of touring the U.S. and networking, NEIBC organized a panel and presentation where officials and entrepreneurs spoke about how Israeli technology companies can grow their businesses and develop innovation in the Massachusetts market.