Israel to NYC, part of the NYCEDC's ongoing World to NYCinitiative, promotes trade and investment between New York City and Israel by hosting business delegations helping them expand their businesses to New York City.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the US Israel Business Council (USI) partnered to host Israel's leading early stage tech startups on October 7th-9th in New York City. The exclusive three-day "Israel to NYC" program enabled selected Israeli startups to meet investors and business partners and learn how to launch their US expansion in New York City.
These 14 organizations were chosen out of a pool of over 150 applicants.
Digital Media & Advertising
adCore: Its dynamic campaign creation functionality makes it easy to link a company’s product inventory feed to adCore to automatically create and update ad campaigns—including stock and price changes—in both search and shopping engines. Campaigns can then be duplicated between marketing channels and optimized using adCore's advanced Rule Engine.
Connesta: A SaaS, cloud-based B2B solution that enables multimedia production of live events (conferences, speeches, concerts, etc.) with the functionality of HW TV control and without the upfront and maintenance investment.
Curiyo: A 1-click, online information discovery tool to satisfy reader curiosity. Curiyo brings the user quick, on demand, dynamic information from top publishers, social networks, and bloggers.
Viewbix: Video marketing platform that enables companies to drive leads, sales, and fans using videos across the web as well as mobile and social networks. In minutes, companies can add apps to existing videos, engage viewers, drive calls to action, and then share that experience everywhere.
Augury Systems: Like the music ID application “Shazam,” but for engines. By listening to machines, it can diagnose problems and predict future failures. Connect off-the-shelf acoustic sensors to smartphones and leverage big data and machine learning algorithms to diagnose the machine in real-time.
Cellepathy: SaaS that uses data from the accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors on smartphones and tablets to power innovative, algorithmic solutions to real-world problems such as distracted driving of passenger vehicles.
Choozer Jobs: A SaaS platform that allows companies to hire better employees faster by combining incentive-based employee referral programs with the leverage of their employees’ social networks.
Senexx: Enables employees to ask questions, explore topics and find experts directly out of their organizations’ existing emails, instant messaging, or internal social networks.
Zazma: Partners with leading B2B suppliers to increase sales by providing underserved small business customers with more credit and longer repayment cycles. Zazma provides online access, instantaneous approvals, and 100% payment guarantees.
Brayola: Beauty comes in ALL sizes, ages, and colors. Brayola’s mission is to help women everywhere find their perfect bra fit and feel beautiful! Powered by a unique combination of powerful platform and community, Brayola leverages big data and crowd sourcing to achieve the perfect fit.
Fashioholic: Mobile games designed for m-commerce in the fashion industry that are based on proprietary technology that “speaks” the language of commerce. Insights gained while a user is playing the game allows for real-time merchandise targeting, lead generation, and inference of market trends.
Roomixer: An online B2B marketplace for the lodging industry to buy and sell turned-away bookings. By uniquely capitalizing on potentially "lost" opportunities, Roomixer offers hotels and vacation rentals the ability to improve customer service, generate an entirely new revenue stream and increase revenue.
Seebo: Helps toy makers advance from traditional toys to connected toys, which are a toy/game combination of physical toys and virtual games on smart screens. Using intricate interactions between the toy itself and its game, Seebo brings toys to life and provides new, innovative, and exciting play patterns.
Total Boox: An innovative eBook distribution platform, where access to all books is always free, users can read online and offline, and pay only for the pages they actually read. This revolutionary model, of paying only for value received enables significant improvements in discoverability, reader-book matching, distribution, and more.
The highly selective program gave participants an exclusive opportunity to build networks in the NYC start-up community. The three day immersive program was designed for founders and CEOs of early-stage Israeli-based technology firms who are interested in US expansion. Startups were chosen based on growth potential, readiness for NYC entry, and motivation to participate.
While in New York City, participants had the chance to network with investors, tech experts, and business leaders, including other Israeli tech companies based in New York City. Additionally, participants gained practical insights on expanding business operations in the US (tax, legal, accounting, immigration, staffing, etc.) through interactive panel discussion and workshops. The program culminated with a closing reception where participants had the opportunity to introduce their company to a room of 250 investors, senior executives, startup founders and other stakeholders.
A prominent list of investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders were in attendance, including Brian Cohen (NY Angels), Danny Schultz (Gotham Ventures), Dan Ciporin (Canaan Partners), Vicki Levine (Lightbank), Alessandro Piol (Vedanta Capital) and Michael Rubenstein (AppNexus).
Welcome Breakfast and Networking at NYC's General Assembly Incubator
Start-Up Investors Panel
Talent Recruitment Panel
Leading Tech Company Visits
Reception for delegates involving 200 Investors, Executives, and Entrepreneurs
Corporate Law/Tax/Accounting/Immigration Workshop
Networking with Investors, CEOs, and Tech Leaders
City Resources for International Startups
USI Israeli Startup Network & Business Connections
The People's Choice award was presented to Augury Systems for receiving the most positive feedback from the panel of judges and the audience during the closing reception. Their prize included items that will assist them with their expansion to NYC including $10,000 worth of professional services, complimentary office space at USI’s new co-working facility for six months, and press coverage. (Note: Prizes are awarded upon opening or expanding an office in New York City within 6 months of program completion).
The program is designed for CEOs and founders of early-stage Israeli tech firms (1-2 delegates per company) looking to establish a presence in New York City within 6-12 months of the visit.
Watch the below video to learn more about how World to NYC can help your business.
See the below video from a reception in June 2013 organized by USI for Israeli startups in New York City:
The application period for Israel to NYC is now closed.