About BIRD

Message from the Executive Director

September 2023

Dear Esteemed BIRD Community,

I am delighted and humbled to extend my greetings to all of you in this, my first BIRD newsletter as Executive Director. These past six months since I joined the BIRD Foundation have been filled with excitement, intrigue, and eye-opening experiences. During this time, I’ve had the privilege of gaining insight into BIRD from various perspectives: from the companies and institutions we collaborate with, to the stakeholders in the governments of the U.S. and Israel, and the exceptional, dedicated BIRD team.

At the heart of BIRD’s mission are the visionary grant recipients and potential awardees. These innovative companies and research institutions, committed to technological advancement, understand that the synergy between the American and Israeli technological ecosystems accelerates the journey of groundbreaking products to market. Witnessing individuals spanning continents, surmounting time zones, and bridging cultural divides to collaborate and achieve extraordinary outcomes has been nothing short of inspiring.

Our stakeholders, including government officials in both the United States and Israel, the distinguished members of our Board of Governors, and the executive committees of BIRD Energy, BIRD HLS, and BIRD Cyber, have been unwavering pillars of support. Furthermore, the backing we receive from numerous supporters within the U.S. Congress, the Israeli Knesset, and the embassies of both nations in each other’s capitals reinforces our commitment to fostering transcontinental cooperation.

Above all, it is our dedicated and passionate BIRD team, in Israel and the United States, that works tirelessly to forge connections between American and Israeli entities and  provide unwavering support throughout the grant application process, project execution, and beyond.

Navigating the world of 2023 has been fraught with challenges – fluctuating macroeconomic conditions and political turbulence have reverberated through our technological ecosystems. In these times, I believe that BIRD’s role is more critical than ever before. We continue to serve as a conduit for collaboration between the United States and Israel in the realms of entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and commercialization. Our enduring success story spanning over 45 years bears testimony to our efficacy.

Today, we are witnessing an exciting diversity of grantees across various sectors, including emerging fields such as Quantum computing, Foodtech, Agritech, and advanced medical devices, all underpinned by cutting-edge AI and breakthrough technologies emanating from leading universities and research institutions in both countries.

As we embark on the journey ahead, my fervent hope is that the coming year will witness BIRD’s expansion of its programs and a deepening of collaboration and partnerships between the Israeli and American technology ecosystems. I extend my heartfelt New Year wishes to all of you and eagerly anticipate the prospect of working closely with each member of our vibrant BIRD community.

With utmost enthusiasm and optimism,

Jaron Lotan
Executive Director