Organized by the Professional Committee of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region (AICC), the seminar featured a variety of presentations, panels, case studies and the luncheon keynote by Todd Dollinger, CEO of The Trendlines Group, who is one of Israel’s most successful and visionary entrepreneurs since moving to Israel in 1990.
As owner and operator of two Israeli government licensed business incubators that focus on medical devices and cleantech, Dollinger shared his company’s mission to “create and develop businesses to improve the human condition.”
Dollinger expressed his admiration of AICC and offered his belief that there is great potential for his portfolio companies, now totaling over 50, in the Southeastern US.
Plans are being made to include Atlanta in a “road show” next spring of several of these portfolio companies who will be visiting five US cities to raise investment.
The seminar also featured a presentation by Israel-based IT network management company Centerity Systems with a panel of experts giving advice and insights; the case study of Arab-Israeli owned medical device company Alpha Omega which has its US headquarters in Atlanta; the case study of the acquisition of Atlanta-based security technology company Vumii by Israel-based Opgal; perspectives on funding early stage Israeli companies by Tel Aviv-based Fruition; and insights from Proctor & Gamble on how major corporations are scouting Israeli innovation, the rationale for the Chamber’s new Corporations initiative as introduced by The Coca-Cola Company’s Joel Neuman.
“This year’s seminar was certainly one of the best programs we’ve offered in this long series. It demonstrated once again the vitality of Israel business to our region and the many interesting ways it expresses itself to the benefit of our community and Israel,” said Ben Fink, chairman of the Professional Committee.
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