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Motorola Solutions Plans New Israel Innovation Center

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Motorola Solutions Plans New Israel Innovation Center

Last week, Chicago based Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown visited Israel and announced a new innovation center for Motorola in Israel.  The innovation center will focus on development of technologies related to big data, cyber security, mobile technology and the Internet of Things.  The announcement was heralded by Prime Minister Netanyahu who said to Motorola: "You're in the right place, in the right country, in the right business."

Motorola has a long history in Israel as one of the first multinationals to open an R&D center in Israel back in 1964, and worked hand in hand with Israeli researchers on the development of mobile technology.

To learn more, click here to a Times of Israel Story.  In addition, contact our office to learn more about the innovations Motorola is targeting in Israel.

 

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Guestpost: Israeli #Wine Bonds on sale now; supporting farmers in the Galilee

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Guestpost: Israeli #Wine Bonds on sale now; supporting farmers in the Galilee

(Guestpost by Devora Chaya March of Mynora Group)

The “wine bond” is more than an opportunity.  It is a completely novel way to directly support Israeli development and her vulnerable industries, specifically through the Galil Mountain Winery. Through the purchase of the bond, a buyer will secure a large supply of award-winning, quality Israeli wines at an amazing value, and will be able to receive direct delivery of the wine to their homes in the United States over a period of five years.

The Galil Mountain Winery is located in the upper Galilee Mountains adjacent to the Lebanese border.  Galil Mountain is owned in partnership by the world famous Golan Heights Winery (67%) and Kibbutz Yiron (33%). This joint venture was established in the year 2000. There are 6 vineyards in the elevated region, ranging from 420 meters and 800 meters above sea level.  Production of the winery is now 800,000 bottles annually.  Galil Mountain brings together the best of tradition and technology.

Galil Mountain is producing a wide variety of delicious and award-winning wines.  For example, the Alon wine transmits a strong, powerful character, connected to the soil of Northern Israel.  It is expressed through an intensive and impressive body, a strong purple red color, notes of blackberry and raspberry accompanied by aromas of earth, tobacco, and toasted oak.  The Alon wine was awarded gold in 2010,2011,and 2012.

The Ela wine, in turn, has a violet color, with an elegantly velvety and silky texture.  Ela displays characters of plum, red cherry and blueberry, accompanied by aromas of spice, mint, and bark.

The Galil Mountain Winery, and its cousin, Golan Heights Winery, are headed by Anat Levi, the only woman winery CEO in Israel.  Anat began her career at Golan Heights more than 16 years ago as the Marketing and Sales Manager.  Subsequently, she was appointed CEO of Yarden Inc., a U.S. based subsidiary of Golan Heights Winery.  Seven years ago Anat became CEO of Golan Heights Winery and recently begun serving as CEO to Galil Mountain Winery.  Anat is a proud mother of four children, two sons who served in combat units of the Israel Defense Forces and two daughters, one studying theater and the youngest in elementary school.

The visionary behind the bond is Arie Cohen, sole owner of Mynora Group.The Mynora Group is a privately owned Israeli company with offices in the United States. Its consulting division works with clients ranging from Israeli companies and government offices to hedge funds.  They also consult for American companies and investors that do business in Israel and other parts of the world.  Arie resides in Israel for 6 months of the year and the other 6 months he resides in Illinois.

For more information about the bond, Galil Mountain winery, and how to purchase, please contact Mynora Group directly:

  • Mr. Arie Cohen, Mynora Group
  • 1001 Greenbay Road, Suite 252
  • Winnetka, IL 60093
  • 312.213.3180
  • mynoragroup@gmail.com

 

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U.S. and Israeli Energy Ministers Sign New Energy Agreement

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U.S. and Israeli Energy Ministers Sign New Energy Agreement

An Interesting article about Strengthening the cooperation between Israel and the U.S In the energy sector, which will contribute production, and distribution technologies for fossil and alternative fuels, research and development for natural gas, cyber protection

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Article Highlights Growing Ties Between Midwest and Israel

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Article Highlights Growing Ties Between Midwest and Israel

In a recent article from jns.org, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman highlights growing trade and R&D ties between midwest states and Israel.  Just last month, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Israel and focused much of his visit on an

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White House Introduces Israeli Incubator to Solve California’s Water Crisis

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White House Introduces Israeli Incubator to Solve California’s Water Crisis

The White House recently announced during its "Water Summit" a series of projects and programs designed to “elevate a national dialogue on the state of our nation’s water resources and infrastructure,” with support, investments, and resources provided for technologies that can improve water management, promote conservation, and “advance water sustainability on all fronts."

The White House approved a total of 30 new projects. In Los Angeles, an Israeli cleantech incubator was approved as one of few internationally born projects. Ten Israeli companies will be introduced to to the U.S. market to develop solutions to combat California's water crisis.

That project, announced earlier this month at a summit on water solutions, “builds on California and Israel’s March 2014 memorandum of understanding to cooperate on developing water and green technology solutions,” the White House said in a statement.

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“Internet of Things” tech from Israel on display at 2016 Dealmakers Summit

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“Internet of Things” tech from Israel on display at 2016 Dealmakers Summit

On March 29, the Israel Economic Missions in NYC and San Francisco teamed up to host a delegation of Israeli “Internet of Things” companies. The eight companies had developed mostly consumer facing solutions, including a smart devices for tracking your family, cyber protection for your home, and technologies to help customers and citizens interact with their environment.

"Internet of Things" delegation from Israel:
  • BreezoMeter: World's leading real-time air quality analytics provider.
  • Dojo Labs: Privacy solutions for all IoT devices in a connected home.
  • GetAlert: Smart security to home monitoring and surveillance.
  • hereO: End-to-end family location sharing ecosystem with both app-to-app and app-to-device.
  • Kwik: Platform connecting retailers, brands and service providers to their customers.
  • Salient Eye: Turns any smartphone/tablet into a portable and remote home alarm system.
  • Say: Wearable social platform that provides the missing link between the physical self-expression and social media.
  • Treek: Monitor, control and provide automated professional care for indoor potted houseplants.

The Israeli IoT “conference” was a special activity adjacent to the concurrent Israel Dealmakers Summit, an annual gathering organized by Landmark Ventures and the Israeli Ministry of Economy. The Israeli IoT companies benefited from over 99 one-on-one meetings with relevant investors and strategic partners during a 3.5 hour period, 70-80% of which were booked in advance. During the conference, our Israeltech companies were solidly booked and pre-occupied with their meetings, with barely time for breaks. They met with a variety of investors, from angels to corporate VCs.

The 2016 Israel Dealmakers Summit, which took place concurrently with our IoT conference, was held in San Francisco after several years in New York. The west coast version of Dealmakers was considerably smaller than the NYC events, though in a way, more focused. Unsuprisingly, the audience in attendance had a heavier representation from the technology world, specifically in corporate development, R&D and investment. One highlight at the summit was phenomenal panel featuring Israeli GMs of multinational companies, speaking to the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of working with Startup Nation talent and innovation. In general, there was a “great energy and noticeable buzz” in the air with serious business and dealmaking.

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In attendance was a considerable delegation from the Israeli Ministry of Economy, and Director General Amit Lang was among the presenters. Among the many sessions at the summit was a panel on how the Israeli government is sponsoring programs to support investment and innovation. Overall, we’d like to congratulate Landmark Ventures on another phenomenal event.

For more information about investing in Israel or about our IoT delegation, contact Erik Blumberg.


 

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Pushing limits, challenging boundaries and getting the job done. We are Israelis.

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Pushing limits, challenging boundaries and getting the job done. We are Israelis.

We were born a million ideas ago, and ever since, we keep evolving,/ specializing in the Unheard-Of, seeking the Never-Done-Before, and intrigued by the Unthinkable.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQVDsJYDKZc[/youtube]

A competitive nation of entrepreneurs,/ where everyone knows better/ and nobody cares to listen.

A place where brains and energy are ubiquitous and breakthroughs regularly shine.

We're curious, independent, impatient, and, well, we have a reputation of being somewhat indelicate.  People who like to push the limits and challenge boundaries.  People who love shortcuts and hate each second.  People who are totally focused on Getting the Job Done.

From automotive to aerospace. From communication to pharma. We're the pulse of everything that is regarded as truly new.

We're what Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Mark Cuban, and Warren Buffet all have in common. A lucrative opportunity.  A worthwhile investment.  And apart from everything, we're far from being modest.  After all, we are Israelis. 

For more information about investment opportunities in Israel, contact Josh at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC or visit InvestinIsrael.gov.il

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BIRD Energy Call for Proposals

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BIRD Energy Call for Proposals

This week BIRD (Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research & Development Fund) announced its upcoming Call for Proposals for BIRD Energy deadline for Executive Summaries will be June 29, 2016.

BIRD Energy is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, and BIRD Foundation.

To be considered, a project proposal should include:

  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel).
  • Innovation in areas such as: Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Smart Grid, Water-Energy Nexus, Wind Energy or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology.
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

Deadlines
Executive Summary - June 29, 2016
Final Proposal - August 11, 2016
Decisions -  October 24, 2016

For more information, please contact Jordan Miller at jordan.miller@israeltrade.gov.il.

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IATI-BIOMED 2016

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IATI-BIOMED 2016

This year will mark the 15th anniversary of  IATI-BIOMED. It is the leading event of Israel’s life science industry and previous conferences have hosted over 6,000 industry senior executives, scientists, and engineers, including approximately

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Israeli #EdTech Roadshow in Manhattan (wrap-up)

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Israeli #EdTech Roadshow in Manhattan (wrap-up)

On March 15, four Israeli companies with solutions for the education technology space visited New York for a full day of networking and business development activities.  The roadshow was organized by the Israel Economic Mission in NYC and MindCET.  The companies were:

The full day of meetings started out with an intimate investors’ breakfast in midtown, where the delegation met with angels and VCs.  The program consisted of brief pitches by the companies followed by networking.

Following breakfast, the delegation headed uptown to the 92nd Street Y, where they presented their technologies to the departments involved with education and STEM initiatives throughout the city.

The third leg of the afternoon took the group across town to the Jewish Education Project, where they met with JEP’s Chief Innovation Officer and his team.  JEP is a network of 400+ American Jewish day schools.  All the companies were added to the JEP “resource portal” for teachers, and may see their solutions implemented soon in Jewish day schools. 

To close out the business day, the group headed over to the Sesame Workshop, the group that produces Sesame Street.  At Sesame, they met with head of the organization VC arm in addition to a senior representative from their technology partnership team.

After a full day of private meetings, the group attended a very impressive event in the evening titled “Israel Meets Shark Tank EDU,” co-hosted with the NYC Department of Education.  At the event, each company delivered a 7-minute demo to six public school teachers from around the five boroughs.  Following each presentation was a 15-minute Q+A with the panel of teachers.

Feedback from the companies was extremely positive, who, despite the packed schedule, were very happy with the access and quality of the meetings.

For more information about this activity and EdTech from Israel, contact Erik Blumberg.


 

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