For the week of September 11, a delegation of 14 Israeli digital health companies visited our area for a 4 city roadshow in the United States. On Monday, the group was in Boston, Tuesday in NYC, Wednesday in Chicago, and Thursday and Friday in the Bay Area.
On Monday and Tuesday, the delegation, organized by the Israel Export Institute, was hosted by our office in NYC.
Monday, September 11 in Boston
The Boston leg of the roadshow was organized by our partners at the New England Business Council, with support from the Consulate General of Israel in Boston. The morning began with an open event and pitches at Mintz Levin, followed by 1:1 meetings for the Israeli companies with local investors, innovators and strategic partners. The event was highlighted by a keynote address from John Halamka, Chief Medical Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Following the “open event,” several of the Israeli companies that were pre-selected pitched privately and received Q&A and feedback from the innovation team at BIDMC.
In the afternoon, the group left Mintz Levin and headed across town where they were hosted by Brigham & Women’s Hospital/ Harvard. Professor Ronen Rozenbum, innovation guru at BWH, organized a panel of clinicians and tech experts at the medical center to hear pitches and network with the companies. Following the presentations, Professor Rozenblum hosted the companies for an intimate feedback session, and interacted candidly with the companies about the best way for Israeli digital health startups to work with institutions like BWH.
Tuesday, September 12 in NYC
The morning in New York began with a number of companies that were pre-selected to present to a panel of innovation leaders from Mount Sinai Health System, one of our region’s major healthcare institutions. The remaining companies used the time to meet with contacts and investors around Manhattan.
Following the morning panel, the delegation convened at the famed Metropolitan Club on Fifth Avenue, where Northwell Health hosted an Israeli innovation conference. The conference was organized by our friends at Northwell Ventures, the VC arm of Northwell Health, and was attended by more than 100 relevant officers and innovation leaders across Northwell’s health system, vendors and partner institutions. Every Israeli company had an opportunity to pitch on stage, and afterward hosted 1:1 meetings in the adjacent room that were arranged by Northwell ventures. The highlight of the afternoon was the celebration of an MOU between Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system (and private employer) and the Israel Innovation Authority.
Following the Northwell conference, the companies were whisked across town to Goodwin in the NY Times building for another conference and more meetings. Goodwin, located near Times Square on the West Side, hosted an Israel Digital Health meetup, in partnership with UJA Federation of New York. UJA made a presentation about their upcoming tech mission to Israel, and Assaf Barnea, CEO of Sanara Ventures, delivered a keynote about investing in Israel’s digital health scene. After the speeches, the attendees and companies paired up and sat for about 100 meetings with Israeli companies, before the delegation was forced to depart for the airport to catch their flights to Chicago for the next leg of the trip.
For more information about digital health solutions from Israel, contact Josh Berliner at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.