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Events – Upcoming and Past

Upcoming Events

In October of 2017, Governor Herbert will be leading his second trade mission to Israel and his first to Jordan.  The UIEC will be assisting with business-to-business meetings with an emphasis on the defense industry as well as alternative energy, EduTech, MedTech, and FinTech.  More information on the Governor’s upcoming trip can be found on our events page, or at the World Trade Center Utah’s website

Past Events

On February 8th, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) International Trade & Diplomacy Office, the Utah Israel Economic Council (UIEC), PTAC and other organizations held a Seminar with the Israel Minister of Defense Procurement Representatives.  For more information on this event you can click here , or to learn about similar events in the future, subscribe to the Utah Israel Newsletter or become a member of the UIEC here.

UIEC along with The Government of Israeli Economic Mission to the
West Coast was happy to organize an event in Fall 2016 that brought delegates to Salt Lake City.
This event educated the public on opportunities between Utah and Israeli
trade opportunities.

UIEC strategized with The Government of Israeli Economic Mission to
the West Coast by organizing an event in the technology space in Spring 2016 to Utah.

Start up Nation meets the Silicon Slopes of Utah.
The annual meeting of the Utah Israel Economic Council (UIEC).
Tuesday February 9, 2016 – 11:30 AM
Zions Bank Building, 18th Floor.

Governor Gary Herbert and local business leaders of the community took part in this
dynamic and informative discussion on potential Utah and Israeli business
collaboration. During lunch, Governor Herbert enlightened and called on his
experiences from visiting and interacting with Israel business and government
leaders. The Governor focused on Israeli investment in local business, Joint ventures
with Israeli companies, and the benefits of technology investments both in Israel
and in Utah.

Invitees had the opportunity to network and learn more about the opportunities
available for Utah and Israeli business to collaborate. The Utah Israel Economic
Council (UIEC ) is dedicated to expanding the potential of Utah and Israeli
cooperation and this event provided an excellent opportunity for the business
community who have already taken advantage of the ” Start Up” nation of salt lake
city to grow and expand Utah based companies.

BIRD-Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation

BIRD is an acronym for Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development. The BIRD Foundation’s mission is to stimulate, promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel. Their activities include matchmaking services between Israeli and American companies in the field of Research and Development. BIRD takes no equity in the joint projects and all our services are free of charge.

The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the U.S. and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization.

Any pair of companies, one Israeli and one U.S.-based, may apply jointly so long as they can demonstrate the combined capabilities and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell and support an innovative product based on industrial R&D. The key criterion is that each corporate entity shall have the ability to carry out its part of the joint development and commercialization. Their willingness to share in the financial risk of product development as well as in the financial gain of commercialization, are also key factors in BIRD’s evaluation.

Many states have recognized the opportunity for realizing significant benefits by seeking to increase trade with Israel. Utah is one of 33 states that have cooperative agreements with Israel. Funding for such projects and the adoption of Israeli technology is available from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). BIRD funds projects in 36 states including Utah. Ron Zamir, of AllenComm is a recipient of such funding which had seen AllenComm grow from strength to strength and further relations with Utah and Israel. The United States and Israel established BIRD in 1977 to help fund joint U.S.-Israeli development and subsequent commercialization of innovative, nondefense technological products from which both the Israeli and American companies can expect to derive benefits from. Most grant recipients are small businesses involved with software, instrumentation, communications, medical devices, and semiconductors. BIRD has funded more than 800 joint high-tech R&D projects through conditional grants totaling more than $210 million. Products developed from these ventures have generated more than $8 billion in direct and indirect revenues for both countries and has helped to create an estimated 20,000 American jobs. BIRD is a strong pillar of US-Israel industrial cooperation and that the extreme success of BIRD has led Israel to adopt similar models of R&D with other countries.

BIRD Upcoming Deadlines

Executive Summary
March 9, 2016
Final Proposal
April 13, 2016