NYC to Israel 2013
By Kathleen Sun, Project Manager and Sri Swaminathan, Assistant Vice President, International Initiatives
From April 8-11, 2013, NYCEDC staged NYC to Israel 2013, a four-day trip that toured the best of the technology communities in the “startup nation.” Danny Schultz, Co-founder and Managing Director of DFJ Gotham Ventures, chaired the 27-member delegation, which consisted of New York City-based CEOs, senior executives, entrepreneurs, investors and university representatives.
By organizing a series of roundtable discussions and site visits to large and small tech and life sciences companies, accelerators, and universities key to Israel’s vibrant startup ecosystem, NYCEDC achieved its trip objectives: 1) to foster greater collaboration between New York City and Israeli technology companies; 2) to share knowledge about the NYC and Israeli technology startup communities; and 3) to set the stage for a future “Israel to NYC” delegation in October, during which Israeli companies interested in expanding to NYC can take this collaboration to the next level.
Trip highlights included spending a day at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (which is a partner, along with Cornell University, in the City’s groundbreaking applied science and engineering campus); visiting large companies such as Google Campus and small startups in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem; participating in the TechAviv Founders event; and hosting a reception for Israeli companies interested in doing business in New York City.
The first time NYCEDC has organized such a visit to Israel, NYC to Israel is a part of NYCEDC’s portfolio of international programs, including NYC Venture Fellows, NYC Next Idea and World to NYC, which focus on building NYC as the preferred destination for global businesses and talent. Through such programs, NYCEDC aims to build strong relationships across borders and help the City grow and stay competitive.
We would like to thank our numerous partners for graciously helping us to make this trip possible: DFJ Gotham Ventures, Dun & Bradstreet Israel, Empire State Development Corporation, Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, Israel Advanced Technology Industries, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, Israel Export Institute, Matimop – the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, TechAviv Founders Club, and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.