On January 14th, the Government of Israel Economic Mission, together with the BIRD Foundation and the Michigan-Israel Business Bridge, presented a seminar to local Michigan companies on the BIRD Foundation, and how to connect with Israeli companies and researchers to jointly develop commercial technologies. The BIRD Foundation provides conditional grants to joint industrial R&D projects between Israeli and U.S.-based companies. Since the program’s inception in 1977, BIRD has awarded nearly 1000 projects over $300 million.
In addition to presentations by Andrea Yonah, the BIRD East Coast and Midwest representative on the BIRD model, and Daniel Blumenthal, Deputy Director, Government of Israel Economic Mission on the Israeli technology landscape, Paul Allard, an Engineer at Whirlpool, presented a case-study BIRD project between U.S.-based Whirlpool and Israel-based Hanita Coatings. It was particularly exciting to have three Michigan-based recipients of BIRD grants at the program, as in addition to Whirlpool, Michigan based UIS and iRule also joined the program. The program was graciously hosted by Vivacqua Law.
For more information about the program or the BIRD Foundation, please contact Daniel Blumenthal.