What's New at EDI - February 2019

What’s New at EDI – February 2019

February 10, 2019

10 Illinois Companies Exhibit at Arab Health 2019 in Dubai

Once again, the US State of Illinois had a pavilion at the annual Arab Health exhibition and conference in Dubai at the end of January.  10 Illinois companies exhibited there at what has become the second largest life science exhibition in the world after Germany’s Medica.  EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, was in Dubai to assist the Illinois companies and worked with them to ensure that their visit there was as productive as possible.  EDI arranged over 100 B2B meetings for these companies during the exhibition.  EDI represents the trade and investment promotion interests of Illinois in the Middle East.

Hong Kong: Your Gateway to Asia Event in Haifa

On February 4, an event entitled “Hong Kong: Your Gateway to Asia” was held at WeWork Haifa Labs.  Companies from the Haifa area were invited to learn more about business opportunities in Hong Kong and how the city is an ideal place for business in Asia.  Speakers included Michael Platt of Invest Hong Kong, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Yaniv Corem of Nukadima, Strategic Design & Innovation Agency.  Presentations included various advantages of doing business and establishing a presence in Hong Kong, as well as fresh observations and updates from the StartmeupHK Festival 2019 and local startup ecosystem.  EDI represents Invest Hong Kong in Israel and, in this capacity, provides free advice and services to Israeli companies concerning their activities and plans for Hong Kong.

Invest Hong Kong Appearance in Beer Sheva

On February 11, EDI’s Michael Platt, representing Invest Hong Kong, will present to companies and business mentors in Beer Sheva about business opportunities in Hong Kong.  Individual companies have the opportunity to present their offerings and activities and to receive feedback regarding their potential in Hong Kong.  The visit is hosted by the Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator (NHSA), a hub for faculty members interested in developing and focusing on startups with the help of their students. NHSA provides the opportunity to develop breakthrough inventions and receive all the support, assistance and help they need.  It combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university. 

Indiana to Visit Israel for the OurCrowd Summit

A delegation from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. will be in Israel during the first week of March to attend the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit and meet with Israeli companies considering in locating their US facilities in Indiana.  The Our Crowd Summit is an annual event attracting thousands of international visitors to explore crowd-funding opportunities for Israeli companies.  EDI represents the investment promotion interests of Indiana in Israel.

IBG Global Group to Meet in Washington

IBG Global will hold its 2019 annual meeting in Washington DC in late February.  The meeting, which will deal with strategies for the next 18 months, is planned to coincide with the annual meeting of SIDO, the US’ state international development organization.  During the visit members of the group will be hosted, by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to meet Virginia companies interested in increasing their exporting activities.  At the end of the week the group will travel to Indianapolis where they will meet with Indiana companies interested in exploring overseas market options.  IBG Global is an association of 22 business development professionals in major world capitals.  EDI is a founding member of the group.