The secret’s out! Last week’s Israeli cyber delegation in New York was a huge success, introducing cutting edge data security solutions to some of New York’s biggest names in financial services, IT and security technology. Our mission, together with our partners at the BIRD Foundation, hosted the 14 Israeli companies at a central conference at Goodwin Procter LLP in the beautiful NY Times Building in midtown, featuring stunning views of Manhattan’s West Side and New York harbor.
The Thursday morning conference kicked off with an exclusive investor breakfast, where some of the companies in our delegation pitched to a group that included VCs, investmant banks and angels. Following breakfast, doors to the main event opened, and we were treated to opening remarks from Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General in NYC, and representatives from the Israeli delegation and Goodwin Proctor. Additionally, the attendees heard from Professor Peter Bloniarz, who is currently leading Governor Cuomo’s cyber security board.
Following the introductions, the main event got underway: Networking + 1×1 meetings. Our guests, who had registered in advance for pre-scheduled meetings with the Israelis included many local heavy hitters with big cyber security needs, such as Citi, Blackrock, the United Nations, Morgan Stanley, Standard and Poor’s, Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, and representatives from local infrastructure and government. Altogether, the 14 Israeli companies sat for an incredible 165 1×1 meetings between 9am and 3pm.
An additional treat for guests of the conference was a special table organized by Global NY, a new initiative under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to attract international investment to New York State and to help New York companies export abroad. Representatives from the Governor’s public safety and cyber security initiatives were on hand as well to meet the Israeli companies and help them understand the opportunities for partnerships and growth that their state can offer foreign technology startups.
“We know that Israel is the ‘Start-Up Nation’ and we wanted to make sure that the Israeli companies know that New York is the ‘Start-Up State,’” said Aaron Kaplowitz, the Director of Global NY. “We have the facilities, research institutes, and skilled work-force to pioneer technology that will help protect data and information all over the world.”
Although feedback is still pouring in, the early comments are positive.
One investor wrote: “You pulled off a wonderful event. It ran like clockwork, and we met some fascinating companies and investors.” He also said he would be following up.
Another guest from a local university said that the event was “friendly and helpful and meeting the companies was an education.” He also said that he would be following up, and making further introductions “because of synergies in research and business.”
Thursday evening, the delegation was hosted by SUNY Stony Brook at a dinner in midtown, attended by representatives and faculty from the cyber security industry and the computer science department. The delegation wrapped up on Friday with visits to and presentations at Stony Brook’s Long Island campus, as well some additional meetings in Manhattan.
The conference in NYC capped a week-long U.S. tour for the Israeli cyber security delegation, which began in Chicago and proceeded to Boston before making it’s way to our area.
For more information about cyber security technology from Israel, contact Oded at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.