China’s search for Innovation & Investments in Haifa, Israel

MultiReach core business is to facilitate the flow of Technology and Investments between Israel and China. Hence, we together with the City of Haifa Municipality were delighted to host number of delegations from China visiting Haifa- a city of Innovation, a week before Jewish New Year (Rosh Ha-Shana).
There were number of reasons for those delegations to come: explore opportunities for collaboration in high-tech; join 100th anniversary of Technion (Alma-mater for three Nobel Prize Laureates); and attending summit of Israeli Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) in Jerusalem.

Among Haifa’s distinguished guest were:

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  • City of Shenzhen delegation of 22 members headed by Shenzhen Mayor Mr. Xu Qin. Shenzhen is the true capital of Chinese high-tech industry, headquartering companies like HUAWEI, is also the richest in China with highest per capita income among it’s 17 million population! Following the reception by Mr. Kahlon – Israeli Minister of Communications, Mr. Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen and Mr. Yona Yahav- Mayor of Haifa signed the Sister-City Agreement between Shenzhen and Haifa. Mrs. Gao – Chinese Ambassador in Israel among with senior Embassy staff also attended the ceremony. Later on, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation was signed by Mr. Kulas, Chairman of Haifa Economic Corporation and the Mayor of Shenzhen.
  • Shanghai City, Shi Bei Science Park delegation headed by Chairman, Mr. Ding. On top of reasons mentioned above, the delegation came to learn from the experience of MATAM Science Park in Haifa and to explore the potential of close collaboration between those organizations.
  • Chengdu City Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries headed by Vice Chairman, Mr. Xu. Together with Haifa Municipality, the delegation was exploring opportunities for high-tech and cultural ties.
It was MultiReach great honor to assist Haifa Municipality in hosting high rank delegations of this scale. We are confident that our professional contribution will lead to to greater collaboration between two nations.

The ‘Great Love’ Tour

Last month (July 2010), I had the honor to accompany a team of Taiwanese television station- DaAi TV Network, who has visited Israel for a series of programs on Israeli Water Technologies. DaAi (Chinese: 大愛, means “Great Love”)TV is aired by satellite worldwide, and has millions of viewers in the Far East and America.

The idea of sending Taiwanese TV crew to cover Israeli Water Technologies was born after those technologies have left strong impressions on Taiwanese delegation of Ministry of Environmental Protection while visiting WATEC last November. DaAi TV with the assistance of the director of economic affairs ofISECO, Mr. Ophir Gore and The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute have tailored a two weeks tour to cover the following topics: desalination; water conservation and leaks prevention; water management and transportation; water purification; filtration; sewage treatment and wastewater recycling; water control, management, and monitoring; irrigation; and Israel’s Bedouin community.

Kibbutz Alonim. DaAi TV crew with Mr.Asher Eizenkot (right), Head of Soil and Water Department, Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Mr. KD Jou (left) , Senior Engineer of Taiwan Water Corp.

Together we have visited  Netafim Ltd.IDE Technologies Ltd., Shari Arison’s water venture MIYAWhitewater Technology Group portfolio company Checklight Ltd., Motorola Israel Ltd. unit Mottech Water Management Solutions Ltd., and despite previous publications, we were even able to squeeze a meeting with Mr. Assaf Barnea, CEO of Israel’s premier water technologies incubator Kinrot Technology Ventures.

IDE's desalination plant in Ashkelon

Not related to Water Technologies, yet attracts much of attention (maybe thanks to the success of “Start-Up Nation” in Taiwan), the team also visited Better Place , and may run a separate program on Shay Agassi’s electric car venture.
Here’s a recap video of ‘Great Love’ Tour (Subscribe to MultiReach Channel on YouTube)

Israel – The heart of Innovation

As business facilitators of Investments and Technology flow between Israel, China and Taiwan, We at MultiReach wish to make sure our customers and partners are up to date with latest developments in the High-Tech world; therefore, we want to draw your attention to two worth noticing events:

The annual conference of the Israeli Hi Tech Industry Association

The conference is been held in Jerusalem between June 7-9, 2010. It will be holding keynote presentations from top executives from around the globe, and over 50 presentations by Israeli start-ups, over 2,000 participants are expected to examine how: TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION transformed into BUSINESS INNOVATION to generate a top rated Hi-Tech industry.

A big and important executive delegation from China is visiting the conference. Among the guests are Vice General Secretary of China Hi-Tech Fair, Organizing Committee & Shenzhen Municipal Government – Mr. Gao Guohui, Director, High and New Tech Dept., China Ministry of Commerce – Mr. Sun Jian, Chairman of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange – Mr. Chen Dongzheng and many IT, VC, Life Sciense and Renewable Energy executives. The purpose of their visit is to promote technological cooperation’s between Israel and China.

Hence, the conference unites all facets of the Israeli Hi Tech ecosystem under one roof – Startup companies, Investors, Venture Capital Firms, Entrepreneurs, International Technological Companies and other industry affiliates.

 ILSI-Biomed Israel 2010

Israel Life Science Industry (ILSI) will hold the 9th Biomed annual conference, June 14-16 in Tel Aviv.  

Biomed 2010 takes closer look at cardiology, vaccines, oncology, personalized medicine, metabolic diseases and aesthetic medicine markets. All these discussions will serve as background to the presentations given by 60 or so Israeli medical device and biopharma companies.

For reference, last year’s event drew 6,000 industry players, engineers and scientists, with 800 participants from 35 countries and in excess of 2,500 one-on-one meetings.