May 7, 2013, category: General
In 2012, Jordan was the U.S.’s 73rd largest goods trading partner with $2.8 billion in bilateral trade in goods. Goods exports totaled $1.6 billion; Goods imports totaled $1.2 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus withRead More
May 6, 2013, category: General
The Wall Street Journal reports that apparently “Hummus is conquering America”- Sabra Dipping Co., a joint venture of PepsiCo Inc. and Israel’s Strauss Group Ltd., wants to cultivate a commercial crop in Virginia to reduce its dependence on the legume’s main U.S. growing region—the Pacific Northwest—and to identify new chickpea varieties for its dips and spreads.
Hummus is becoming very popular among Americans seeking more-healthful snacks. The chickpea dip is low in fat and high in protein. Sales of “refrigerated flavored spreads”—a segment dominated by hummus—totaled $530 million at U.S. food retailers last year, up 11% from a year earlier and a 25% jump over 2010, according to market-research firm Information Resources Inc.
Read the full article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323798104578453174022015956.html
April 29, 2013, category: General
***UPDATE! (May 1, 10:00)*** New companies added to the catalog below, and pics from last night’s USI Innovation reception.
SOLUTIONS AT A GLANCE
The following are on display in Israel Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013. For information on how you can participate in this activity, or if you would like to schedule a meeting with a company, please contact Oded at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.
CLICK HERE for pics of ISRAEL ALLEY! [Updated]
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Emaze has a vision to change the way people create presentations through a simple, fully automated process that generate powerful and engaging showcases. Emaze is a revolutionary new concept to turns ideas into stunning live stories. It is an HTML5 cross-platform cloud based web application, compatible with all computers, tablets and mobile devices. It enables users to create amazing presentations with little effort or expertise involved.
Keepy.me is a conversation starter for families. Initially, by helping parents storing their kid’s offline work as a vehicle to engage family members who share, comment and forward short videos, we see it rapidly expanding to be the multi-generational communication center. Founded by Offir, a serial entrepreneur who was until recently a VP of Business Development for Getty’s PicScout division. Keepy.me, is a venture that combines Offir’s background and his love for children’s creativity. Keepy is currently bootstrapped to the point where it has a team in place, R&D in Israel, with marketing and product in NYC.
Stylit offers free online personalized styling services. Users fill out a fun questionnaire and receive weekly outfit recommendations that match their style preference, size and budget. We use professional stylists in combination with high end machine learning technology to give a scalable valuable solution with high users’ engagement.
Webydo provides professional designers with a full SaaS solution for both the creation and management of cross platform business websites, without programming. This design-centered cloud platform includes both a Design Management System and a built-in Content Management System for the website owners. This integrated system allows designers total creative freedom in designing unique websites from scratch without writing one line of code, while facilitating direct communication between designers and their clients in the ongoing management of the website. Behind the scenes, Webydo’s innovative CODE GENERATOR automatically generates both an HTML website updated to the latest industry standards, cross all browsers & platforms and optimized for SEO, and a friendly WYSIWYG built-in CMS.
For more info about the event and roadshow surrounding the Israeli Delegation at TechCrunch NYC this year, CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE for pics of ISRAEL ALLEY! [Updated]Read More
Innovative companies will be at Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference, the premier U.S. event for offshore development including drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. These companies include a delegation of companies that own
April 22, 2013, category: General
May 7, 2013 - May 9, 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada Join the Economic Mission at the National Hardware Show (NHS) in Las Vegas this May and see what Israel has toRead More
April 19, 2013, category: General
Egyptian exports to the United States increased dramatically since the first Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) was established. Since 2004, the year prior to the establishment of the first Egyptian QIZ, Egyptian exports totaled $1.3 billionRead More
April 8, 2013, category: General
“Claire Danes shops there. So does Whoopi Goldberg. In fact, there’s a veritable United Nations of customers choosing their Israeli-made frocks, scarves, jewelry and vintage Gottex swimsuits at Rosebud, a Manhattan
April 8, 2013, category: General
The U.S.–Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) helped lay the foundation to establish economic cooperation between Israel and two of its neighbors, Jordan and Egypt. In 1996, two years after the signing of the Israel–Jordan Peace Agreement and seventeen years after the signing of the Israel–Egypt Peace Treaty, the United States Congress established the Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) initiative in order to encourage regional economic integration and promote prosperity and stability in the Middle East.
Over the next several weeks the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. will run a series of small blog posts reviewing the significant role that the QIZ initiative has played in increasing exports from Egypt and Jordan to U.S. and Israel’s bilateral trading relationship with Egypt and Jordan.
Overview of the QIZs:
The QIZ initiative was enacted as an amendment to the legislation implementing the U.S.–Israel FTA. Under the QIZ initiative, products manufactured in factories in designated geographic zones in Jordan and Egypt are granted duty free access to the United States, provided they meet the Israeli content requirement of the rules of origin.
In November 1996, one month after Congress passed legislation to amend the U.S.–Israel FTA in order to implement the QIZ initiative, President Bill Clinton delegated his authority to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to designate QIZs. In 1998, USTR Charlene Barshefsky designated Jordan’s Al-Hassan Industrial Estate in the northern city of Irbid as the first QIZ. In 2004, USTR Robert Zoellick designated the first QIZs in Egypt; the Greater Cairo Zone, the Alexandria Zone, and the Suez Canal Zone.
When the first QIZ was created in Jordan in 1998, Jordanian exports to the U.S. were only $16.4 million. Within 6 years exports from the QIZs peaked when they accounted for 85% of Jordan’s $1.1 billion in exports to the U.S. in 2004.
Exports from Egypt to the United States under the QIZ program have grown from about $266 million in 2005 to about $971 million in 2012. The QIZ share of Egypt’s total exports to the United States also has grown during this time period, from about 13% in 2005 and peaked with about 52% Egyptian exports in 2011.Read More
April 3, 2013, category: General
(Adapted from a March 6th press release by Ethan Finkelstein) Guy Franklin, a connoisseur of high-tech and startup companies, has launched a website, israelimappedinny.com, to be the home for New York area Israeli startup companies. The site is designed to provide a forum for these startups to learn about each other, lend support to one another, cooperate, advise, and share a virtual workspace. The website also promotes these Israeli start-ups to potential employees and investors.
IsraeliMappedinNY.com now features over 100 Israeli start-up companies mapped on its website. The companies that have joined include those involved with Smartphone applications, Internet advertisers, consumer support providers, and more. According to a recent report by the Center for an Urban Future, New York City is the fastest growing start-up city in the United States, and Israeli firms are playing a unique and prominent role in this environment. Founder Guy Franklin, who moved to America from Israel a year ago, stated, “shortly after getting to New York from Israel, I started recognizing there is a need for connecting Israeli entrepreneurs to each other, investors to Israeli entrepreneurs and talented workers to the right startups. Therefore I decided to create an interactive map which provides a platform for the Israeli startup community to grow and develop, and emphasizes the success of the Israeli startups in the world.”Israeli institutions and companies have been playing a key role in developing the tech industry in New York. For example, Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) has been selected along with Cornell University to build the new NYCTech campus on Roosevelt Island bringing in new and innovative talent to the City. Technion will also ensure that more Israeli companies come to the startup scene in New York.
Furthermore, companies like WIX (a web designing, Israeli startup in New York) are going public on the New York Stock Exchange. According to Forbes, more than 50 Israeli companies are on the NASDAQ. Israel has become world renowned for being the “start-up nation” as Forbes writes: “Which country boasts the highest density of startups in the world, attracts venture capital investment per capita 2 ½ times greater than the U.S., and has more companies listed on NASDAQ than the entire European continent combined? (…) …Israel is the answer to all three.”
As this Israeli innovation is being brought to New York, IsraeliMappedinNY.com hopes to highlight this success while being the new face of the New York Israeli startup scene.
For more information about this project, or if you would like your startup to be listed, please contact Ethan Finkelstein at 917-386-5388 or at email@example.com .
For more general information, please contact Josh at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.Read More
March 25, 2013, category: General
Agreement between the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Israeli Lead Innovation and Commercialization Agency will enable billions of dollars in new investments and thousands of new high-tech jobs in New York and Israel
On Wednesday, 20 March 2013, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an international partnership between New York State and the State of Israel, through a collaboration involving the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the Israeli Industry Center for Research & Development (MATIMOP), that will significantly expand business, technology, and economic relations in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, while enabling billions of dollars in new investments and the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs in New York and Israel. Governor Cuomo remarked:
“There is no better institution for the State of Israel to partner with than our very own College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which continues to be the leader in the global nanotechnology industry. I am proud that this partnership will strengthen our state’s relationship with the State of Israel, while also investing in a thriving industry that will create jobs and expand the economy right here in New York.”
Nili Shalev, Israel’s Economic Minister to North America (stationed in New York City), signed the MOU on behalf of the Jewish State. In her address, Ms. Shalev mentioned that:
“[We] believe that the above program will help the State of New York and CNSE to [contribute to] the High-Tech industry, [by] establishing new jobs and helping Israeli innovation reach the international markets. Signing the MOU document between the State of New York and the State of Israel is an important step in launching this program, to stimulate the overseas exchange of science and engineering.”
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieF7-KHzHjU[/youtube]The new program offers Israelis access to CNSE’s exceptional resources, services and know-how, and enhances collaboration with U.S. and international entities that operate within CNSE. For CNSE, the program offers access to Israel’s successful academic and industrial activities in metrology and inspection, as well as Israeli Government support of the Israeli companies that will be approved to collaborate with CNSE.
The activities will be mainly in the following areas:
For more information and news coverage about this historic program, please visit the CNSE website. For more general information about Nanotechnology and opportunities from Israel, please contact Rebecca at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.
It is with much excitement and vigor that we invite you to participate in a new non-traditional format of our annual IATI BIOMED to be held June 10-12, 2013 in Tel Aviv.
The Israeli Life Sciences industry operates within an environment which has been coined as “Start-up Nations”. We have decided to bring the trend of innovation to our conference as we believe it better represents the evolution of democratization and social media.
Participants from Israel and abroad will be involved in the conference’s agenda and influence its content. It will allow for a great variety of subjects to be presented and discussed. Proposals will come from companies, entrepreneurs and scientists. It is YOU, Israelis and international participants, who will determine what will be highlighted and featured in this conference.
Soon, we will approach participants to submit suggestions for presentations you would like to deliver. The list of proposed subjects will be published and a time frame will be given for your selection via a voting process. The top 250 subjects will form the essence of the 2013 IATI BIOMED conference. The Chance-to-Speak platform will allow for a broader range of interests to be covered and explored in the conference.
We will continue our tradition of keynote speeches and plenary sessions given by industry leaders worldwide.
We believe the new and exciting format will enhance the chances you will have for interaction with old and new friends. Networking is the name of the game. You will be able to enjoy our “chance-to-meet” formal schedule while at the same time interact with each other on the convention floor, which will take on a new face.
IATI BIOMED 2013 follows the success of previous annual conferences where the Israeli Life Sciences industry hosted 6,000 industry players, engineers and scientists with approximately 1,000 participants from over 40 countries and in excess of 3,500 one-on-one meetings.Read More
The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor, and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region cordially invite you to participate in a delegation to the Georgia Logistics Summit taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. This trip offers a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the needs and challenges of the American industry in the field of logistics. The seminar will also offer Israeli companies various business opportunities inside the U.S.
Participation in this seminar is essential for every company interested in getting acquainted with the logistics requirements of American companies in three main sectors: food, retail and industry. Representatives of companies like Coca Cola, Home Depot, Microsoft, UPS and many others will discuss their points of view, their logistics requirements in the present and attempt to predict future concerns.
Advantages for the Participants:
• Participation in the Israeli booth located in the exhibition court
• B2B meetings will be coordinated with American companies as requested
• Tours in the industrial and logistics facilities including visit to the Port of Savannah, Georgia
• Networking with prominent individuals from US logistic sector and industry
• One year membership in the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region, providing services and business guidance in the U.S
• Escort of the delegation by the representatives of the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Labor in Atlanta
Any company interested in developing and expanding business contacts and logistics solutions in the U.S. is welcome to join the delegation.
5th Annual Georgia Logistics Summit, March 19-20
The summit, being held for the 5th year, is a unique event offering valuable opportunities and data on the logistics and operational sectors and focusing on three major issues: food, manufacturing and retail.
In 2012 the summit hosted 1600 participants from 28 countries worldwide. Most of the participants were from the private sector being directly or indirectly involved in logistics. For additional information: www.georgialogistics.com/logistics-summit
Special price till 10/1/2013 : US $ 3,200
Price includes: flights, transfer and airport taxes, accommodation for 4 nights, entrance to the summit and Israeli booth, meals, transportation and coordination of business meetings
24:00 Flight Tel-Aviv Savannah
Noon: Arrival to Savannah, check-in at hotel, sight-seeing.
Evening: Community reception
Morning: Tour of the Port of Savannah and major logistics facilities
B2B meetings with suppliers and relevant parties
17:30 Flight to Atlanta
Morning: Business breakfast hosted by the Israel Consulate in Atlanta.
14:30-20:00 Participation in the conference seminars and evening Gala
Morning Participation in the conference seminars including breakfast and lunch
Evening Atlanta Community Reception hosted by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region
Morning: Tour in Atlanta and business meeting
Afternoon: Returning to IsraelRead More
The Israeli Economic Mission will be organizing a 2 day Cyber Defense Symposium on June 4th and 5th, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. This two day event will feature speakers from NVIDIA, theState of California, McAfee, Netflix, KPMG, Wells Fargo as well as several other innovate Israeli security companies including Yerayo, SkyBox Security, Dome9,WatchDox, and OPSWAT.
For more information on the event and to RSVP please click here.Read More