Joint Ventures: Israel The Start-Up Nation & The Quad Cities






Joint Ventures:

Israel The Start-Up Nation

& The Quad Cities 

When: Friday, October 16, 2015

Where:  iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL 

Time:  10AM to 12:30 PM 

Cost:  No Fee

If you are working with a company in Israel or looking to partner with one, know that there are funding opportunities for up to $1M in grant money per project from the U.S.-Israel Bi-National Industrial Research Foundation (BIRD).

We invite you to participate in an informative session featuring case studies by BIRD funding recipients Heller Industries and Fives Machining Systems, as well as to learn about synergies between the Quad Cities and Israel from Andrea Yonah, US East Coast Representative, BIRD. BIRD is funded equally between the Israeli and U.S. governments with $110 million to encourage joint ventures between both countries.

Israel, with a population of only 8 million, is a major player in the global business world, especially in the technology sector. Israel has the highest number of "startups" per capita of any nation in the world, has massive venture capital investment and is one of the world's entrepreneurship hubs.


Main Session
Moderator: Brian Boesen, News Anchor/Reporter for KWQC-TV, Channel 6

10:00am-10:10am: Sign-in

10:10am - 10:20am: Welcome and Opening Remarks by The honorable Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Office
Tom McGovern, on behalf of the America-Israel Economic Forum (AIEF) Quad Cities
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

10:20am - 10:30am: Overview of Israel's Technology Ecosystem

Daniel Blumenthal, Interim Head of Mission, Government of Israel Economic     Mission to the Midwest 

10:30am - 10:55am: BIRD Foundation & The Quad Cities Region and Submission Process
About BIRD
Synergies With Quad Cities: Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-technology, Cyber  Security & more…
Presented by Andrea Yonah, US East Coast Representative, U.S.-Israel Bi- National Industrial Research Foundation (BIRD)

10:55am - 11:25am: Presentation by BIRD Grant Recipients
Peter Beyer, Product Strategy & Development Director, Metal Cutting Composites at Fives Machining Systems
David Heller, CEO, Heller Industries

11:25am - 11:35pm: Q&A
Moderated by Tom McGovern

11:35am: Main Session Concludes

Supplementary Session
11:45am: Lunch

12:00pm – 12:20pm: Regional Updates
Iowa & Illinois Trade Resources, Success & Opportunities
Curt Burnett , Executive Director,  Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce QC Manufacturing Innovation Hub
Kathy Hill, Team Leader International Trade Office Iowa Economic Development Authority
Michelle Lewis, Director Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Black Hawk  College
Vicky Miller, Director, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Black  Hawk College

12:20pm: Individual Meetings with BIRD Representatives Andrea Yonah and Daniel Blumenthal Please answer yes when registering if you would like to attend the this session

Click here to register 

Michelle Lewis, 309-796-5713,


Date 16/10/2015 10:00 12:30
Location iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr, Moline, IL
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