by Barry Bogage
Executive Director, Maryland/Israel Development Center
Get ready to go to The Start Up Nation. Israel has been recognized for its expertise in a wide variety of advanced technologies from computer chip design to homeland security to medical devices. You probably don’t know it, but you use Israeli technology every day in your computer, cell phone and medicine cabinet. Over the past few years, the country has organized several specialized trade shows to feature its companies, entrepreneurs and innovations; conferences which are now on the international circuit in their industries and attract participants from dozens of countries.
Just a few weeks ago, the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC) led a trade mission to Mixiii-Israel Innovation 2014, originally Israel’s BioMed conference. The MIDC has participated since the conference’s inception, more than a dozen years ago, frequently providing Maryland biomedical industry experts as speakers. Among the dozens of other international delegations participating in Mixiii this year were a huge Chinese delegation with over 300 business and government leaders, who learned what Israel’s creative entrepreneurs are working on.
The MIDC has selected three major Israeli trade shows to attend over the next 12 months in industries that are particularly strong in Maryland. These include Israel Homeland Security (HLS) 2014 from November 9 to 12, 2014; CyberTech Israel from March 17 to 18, 2015; and Mixiii-Israel Innovation 2015 (now combining both biomedical and info tech innovations) from May 18 to 20, 2015.
If you or your company is active in any of these fields, you should join an MIDC trade delegation. MIDC missions are usually a week long and offer exciting opportunities to see groundbreaking technologies and meet dynamic Israeli entrepreneurs, both at the conference as well as at their headquarters, for private meetings to pursue individual business opportunities. We also tour Israel’s most modern labs as well as its ancient historic and religious sites. It’s an exciting and unique way to experience the Israel of the future, while rejoicing in the Israel of the past.
The MIDC also regularly hosts Israeli business delegations to introduce them to business opportunities among Maryland companies. Last month, the MIDC hosted a delegation of Israeli homeland security entrepreneurs.In February, an “mHealth” (mobile healthcare apps for smart phones) delegation visited. We also had Israeli cyber security companies participate in both the CyberMaryland and CyberMontgomery County conferences.
As an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, MIDC trade missions and delegations are another way The Associated keeps you connected to all aspects of Israeli society. For more information, please go to MarylandIsrael.org or contact MIDC Director of Business Development Peter Telem at firstname.lastname@example.org.