Israeli Business Forum, The Israel National Brain Gain Program and Tech Aviv are honored to host representatives of Rafael and Elbit’s technology incubator, to share successes and challenges of the defense industry and to speak about opportunities within the industry.

On October 22nd, 2013 at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

“In today’s world defense offers tremendous opportunities worldwide, and naturally Israel is a leader in the sector,” said entrepreneur Ron Hershco.

Topics & speakers:

Dr. Roni Potasman, Executive VP Research & Development, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. – When Profession and Mission meet

Mr. Ran Bar-Sella,  CEO of Incubit – Elbit’s Incubator and Former VP R&D at Elbit Systems Ltd. – Open Innovation and Opportunities at Incubit Ventures – Elbit’s new Technology Incubator.

Dr. Nurit Eyal – Head of the Israel National Brain Gain Program

What’s in it for you - The Program activities toward the different challenges in returning back home

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The 11th Go4Europe Conference will be held on October 28th at the Hilton Tel Aviv. Organized by Cukierman & Co. Investment House Ltd. and Catalyst Funds, Go4Europe is one of the most prestigious business conferences in Israel, addressing the current issues of raising funds and establishing strategic alliances in Europe. A major part of the conference is focused on the Hi-Tech, Life Sciences and Green Energy industries.

Go4Europe 2013 will host key decision makers, business representatives and parliamentarians from Israel, Europe and Russia. The long list of senior speakers includes: Mr. Shimon Peres – President of the State of Israel; Mr. Yair Lapid – Minister of Finance; David de Rothschild, Chairman – Rothschild Group; Ruben Vardanian, Co-Head – Sberbank CIB (Russia’s biggest bank); Meir Brand – Managing Director Google Israel; Luc Muller, General Manager – OTTO Group; Dr. Graeme Martin, CEO – Takeda Ventures; Dr. Christopher Proctor, CSO – British American Tobacco; Dr. Florent Gros, Managing Director – Novartis Venture Funds; Roger Cukierman – Former CEO – Ed. de Rothschild & Director at Cukierman & Co., President of CRIF; Prof. Lorenz Reibling, Chairman – Taurus Investments; Maurice Levy, CEO Publicis;); Ami Mesika;and many other leading business leaders and decision makers.

The conference panels will deal with issues such as: cross border M&A’s new directions; where to invest in Europe; Israeli technologies as a booster to traditional European industries; how to structure medtech investments for success; how must emerging biotechs adapt to the European ecosystem; complementary essentials in renewable & non-renewable energy; European real-estate opportunities, and the image of Israel in Europe. The Go4Russia panel will be dedicated to strengthening the Russia-Israel business ties, especially in light of Russia’s rising status in the international arena.

“Europe and Israel business opportunities continue to grow and increase daily – deals abound,” said International entrepreneur Ron Hershco. For further information visit:


Many communal leaders lauded the signing this week of the Colombia-Israel Free Trade Agreement. The agreement is now subject to ratification by both Colombian and Israeli parliament.The FTA is expected to benefit, in particular, the agricultural sector. When it takes effect early in 2014, some 97% of Colombian agricultural exports will have tariff-free access to the Israeli market. And, Israeli agricultural technology will no longer face tariffs when entering Colombia.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted: “We have concluded FTA negotiations with Israel. This means more investment and more employment.”

“As Israel continues to develop stronger ties internationally, it will greatly benefit the nation, and their partner nation in ventures. It’s the win-win scenario,” said Ron Hershco, an international entrepreneur.