BIRD Energy Call for Proposals

BIRD Energy Call for Proposals

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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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2019-06-20T09:55:04+00:00March 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Israeli #EdTech Roadshow in Manhattan (wrap-up)

Israeli #EdTech Roadshow in Manhattan (wrap-up)

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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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2019-06-20T09:58:14+00:00March 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Series A Israeltech Demo Night with JFE in NYC

Series A Israeltech Demo Night with JFE in NYC

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On the evening of March 9, the Israel Economic Mission teamed up with JFE to host six Israeli companies at a Series A demo night.  The public event took place at WorkBench, a VC and coworking space in New York, and was attended by over 100 people.  

The Israeli companies were:

  • Avanan: One-click security for your SaaS applications.
  • Contguard: Delivering real-time cargo control across the world.
  • DBS-H:  Releasing data access bottlenecks with continuous big data integration.
  • EZBZ: A local honest marketplace connecting customers with reputable businesses.
  • Moburst: Innovating in the world of mobile product optimization and marketing.
  • Semperis: Optimizing active directory uptime through insight.

The Israeli companies, with mostly enterprise solutions, pitched to five early-stage VCs active in the mobile, software and enterprise solution space.  The VCs were:

  1. Workbench
  2. Bessemer
  3. Lou Kerner (Flight VC)
  4. Fintech Collective
  5. Whitestar Capital

The event featured dinner and light refreshments, and the Israeli companies played to a packed house.

JFE stands for “Jews For Entrepreneurship,” an accelerator program out of San Francisco that is investing in Jewish founded companies.  Recently, they are working quite a bit and being more active and involved with Israeli companies and entrepreneurs.  
Contact Erik Blumberg for more information.   


 

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2016-03-20T11:36:08+00:00March 20th, 2016|Investment|0 Comments

Israeli Healthcare IT Companies at HIMSS

Israeli Healthcare IT Companies at HIMSS

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Earlier this month, 11 Israeli healthcare IT companies participating in the first mHealth Israel Pavilion at HIMSS in Las Vegas.  With nearly 50,000 attendees from around the U.S. and world, HIMSS is the largest gathering of healthcare IT professionals in the U.S.  The mHealth Israel Pavilion was featured inside HX360 Innovation Pavilion, an area of the HIMSS conference devoted to innovative technology in the healthcare field.  To learn more about the Israeli companies, click here, or contact Daniel Blumenthal.

 

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2016-03-15T18:21:02+00:00March 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Uriel reports: Israeli technology at #MWC2016 and cyber at #RSA2016

Uriel reports: Israeli technology at #MWC2016 and cyber at #RSA2016

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Uriel Dukan, who is working on high-tech, mobile telecom and cyber technologies at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC, recently accompanies Israeli technology delegations to both Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and also to the RSA cyber security show in San Francisco.  He reports:

"MWC in Barcelona is the biggest trade show in the world dealing with mobile technology and it is expanding to the vast world or iot. About 100,000 people attended the show..! The Iem together with the IEI put up an Israel Pavilion with 65 companies offering a wide range of solutions in all sectors covered by the trade show. Trade officers from around the globe managed to pre-schedule 2300 meetings between Israeli companies and foreign entities. On the spot even more business opportunities were created. Undoubtedly the Israel Pavilion was one of the busiest one attracting interest from all the players in Barcelona.

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The RSA Conference in SF attracts each year about 65,000 people. The brightest minds are exhibiting their cyber security solutions to the world and the Iem together with the IEI helped 35 Israelis companies gain exposure and create hundreds of meetings with potential partners, clients or investors. Officials and representatives from the biggest companies in the world stopped by the Israel Pavilion and met with Israeli companies to discuss the best way to stay protected from cyber attacks. A day before the show, the 35 Israeli companies meeting potential business partners or investors at the W hotel in a more intimate settings."

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For more information about mobile/telecom technology ir cyber security solutions from Israel, contact Uriel from the Israel Economic Mission. 

 

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2016-03-10T18:17:21+00:00March 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Winter 2016 Shekel: Economic and financial trends in Israel, edited by the Ministry of Finance

Winter 2016 Shekel: Economic and financial trends in Israel, edited by the Ministry of Finance

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Last week, our friends at the Israel Ministry of Finance in NYC published the Winter 2016 edition of SHEKEL, their quarterly economic newsletter. SHEKEL is edited by Avi Braf, chief of the finance mission, Beth Belkin, Director of Communications, and the staff of the Israel Economic/ Finance Mission in NYC.  A few tidbits about the Israeli economy from  this recent  issue that caught our attention:

  • Israel's  growth continued to outpace that of the OECD in 2015, as it has done more than a decade.
  • Israel's debt-to-GDP ration declined from 66.9 percent in 2014 to 64.9 percent in 2015.
  • The labor force participation rate in Israel in 2015 was at an all-time high of 64.5 percent; unemployment fell to 5.2 percent.
  • Israel's budget deficit in 2015 was 2.15 percent, well below the limit of 2.9 percent that the government had set for itself.
  • Israel has been a pioneer in the rise of Fintech companies and continues to develop into a hub for international financial institutions in search of innovative solutions.
  • KamaTech discusses its strategy for integrating more ultra-Orthodox Israelis into the high tech sector, with more than 4,000 currently benefiting from its activities.
  • Seeking creative and entrepreneurial talent, as well as diverse language skills, CGS turned to Israel.

CLICK HERE to read Winter 2016 Shekel.  To receive a physical copy of SHEKEL, or to speak with an editor, please contact Josh at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.

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    2016-03-08T16:56:47+00:00March 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

    Fortune: Israeli tech companies finding a place for religious women (via @JaclynTrop)

    Fortune: Israeli tech companies finding a place for religious women (via @JaclynTrop)

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    Who says technology and tradition can’t coexist?

    (Original article by Jaclyn Trop, and appeared on Fortune.com on March 2, 2016)
    For women living in Israel’s handful of ultra-religious communities, career options are limited. Following the traditional path means marrying young and supporting large families. With little connection to people outside their community and scant knowledge of the Internet, Orthodox Jewish women have traditionally worked as teachers and secretaries.
    But tech companies are beginning to offer them options more lucrative than childcare and administrative work. From industry giants like Cisco and Intel to boutique firms, Israel’s tech players are starting to offer amenities such as single-sex offices, kosher food and flexible hours that cater to stringent Haredi guidelines.

    “At Cisco, we focus a lot on inclusion and collaboration and value diversity,” says Shani Ginat, human resources manager at Cisco’s Jerusalem office. The company is one of Israel’s largest employers of Haredi women and men, whom it employs in roles ranging from project management to software engineering. “Our hiring strategy is to bring variety of people from different cultures, gender and backgrounds. This way, we build more diverse teams, bring new way of thinking into the company and promote creativity and innovation,” she explains.

    Cisco offers flexible hours, part-time positions and kosher food to cater to Haredi employees. Outside of work, the company leverages its cultural diversity through activities such as biblical club, where religious and secular employees gather to learn and discuss Torah portions together from a variety of historical, philosophical and religious points of view, Ginat says.

    Integrating tradition and technology is not always smooth, however.  Not all companies can offer the flexibility Haredi women need to care for their families, and integrating Haredi workers can be challenging. “Most of the Haredi women have a lot of kids so long hours are difficult for them,” says Moshe Friedman, co-founder of KamaTech, a non-profit that helps place Haredi men and women at Israeli offices of established companies such as Google and Microsoft. “Most Haredi women don’t want to work in a secular environment, and secular companies don’t always have an open mind to recruit Haredi women,” he adds.

    Still, KamaTech has managed to place more than 100 Haredi women in jobs at tech companies throughout Israel. “We want to create the role model and the success stories for those who are interested in this direction and pave the way for them,” Friedman said.

    READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON FORTUNE.COM


     

     

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    2016-03-05T13:32:56+00:00March 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments