New England-Israel Business Council (NEIBC) will be sending 100 leaders from a wide cross section of industries, including energy and water technology, cyber security, academia, financial services, and life sciences on a business delegation to Israel, along with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

The goal of the trade mission is build strong connections between the business and academic communities of Israel and Massachusetts, an effort that was cultivated during a previous trip to Israel in 2011 by the Governor.

A NEIBC recent study surveyed the multi-billion-dollar impact of Israeli-founded companies on the Massachusetts economy. According to that study, Israeli-founded companies in Massachusetts, during 2012, generated $6.2 billion in revenue and employed 6,700 people. The study also pinpointed that the growth rate of Israeli companies in Massachusetts is five times that of Massachusetts economy as a whole.
The business mission will be anchored by the U.S.- Israel CONNECTED Summit, a two-day event in Tel Aviv and Herzliya Israel.

The summit will bring together hundreds of American and Israeli academic, business, and government leaders to participate in industry-specific discussions on topics including medical devices, neuroscience, Internet of Things, eHealth water tech, and cyber security.

Speakers at the event include: 

  • Governor Deval Patrick, Keynote Presenter, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Avi Hasson, Keynote Presenter, Ministry of Economy
  • Nicholas Negroponte – Keynote Presenter, MIT Media Lab
  • Michael Afergan – Akamai Technology
  • Alicia Barton – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Dr. Orna Berry – EMC Centers fo Excellence EMERA and the US
  • Barry Cohen – PTC
  • Yaniv Harel – Israeli Ministry of Defense
  • Jack Levy – Israel Cleantech Ventures
  • Eric Silfen, MD – Philips Healthcare
  • David Reckhow – Univ. of Massachusetts
  • Kevin Tabb, MD – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Prof. Yuval Elovici – Ben-Gurion University

Judit Sharon, CEO of the Waltham, MA based Onset Technology, makers of OnPage said, “I’m proud to be attending the trade mission to Israel with other health care and IT leaders to raise awareness, renew old Massachusetts-Israel partnerships, and help form new ones. In just the past couple of years, over 200 Israel-founded companies have come to call our state home, helping build Massachusetts’ tech and health care economy.”

“The opportunities that this relationship presents for Israel and Massachusetts to share in future growth are limitless and will be further explored and cultivated during this economic mission,” said Amir Eldad, Chairman of the New England-Israel Business Council. “I applaud Governor Patrick for continuing his commitment to the partnership between these two economies. It the full potential has only just begun to be realized and I look forward to the new opportunities for collaboration that will result from this trip.”