First New Zealand Innovation Mission flies to Israel

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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Over 50 business people came to meet leading Israeli innovators and explore collaborations between the two countries. Another great achievement for the Israel Trade Commission in Australia as 50 new “Israel partners” are established in New Zealand!

Original article published in Israel 21C;

More than 50 New Zealand business people were in Israel from May 29 to June 1 for the inaugural Innovation Mission from the South Pacific island nation to the Jewish state.

Organized by the Israel Trade Commission and Trans-Tasman Business Circle, the delegation of Kiwi senior executives from the sectors of telecommunications, utilities, agriculture, government, education and training, venture funds and incubators was led by Simon Moutter, CEO of Spark – New Zealand’s largest mobile operator. Sir Peter Gluckman, the New Zealand Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, also took part.

The delegation met with Israeli VCs including JVP and Trendlines, heard from legendary Israeli entrepreneurs such as Dov Moran and Jon Medved, spent a day at Beersheva’s CyberSpark cybersecurity innovation center, and visited Start-Up Nation Central in Tel Aviv, which connects companies and countries to the people and technologies in Israel that can solve their most pressing challenges.

New Zealand and Israel have many similarities, as they are both relatively young, small economies with limited natural resources and a spirit of innovation. The mission was designed as a launch pad for collaboration between the two countries.

This November, the second annual Israel-Australia Investment Summit will take place in Sydney, Australia under the leadership of the Israel Trade Commission in Australia.