Governor Patrick and a delegation of leaders from Massachusetts’ business and academic communities have completed their first day in Tel Aviv, Israel, kicking off the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission. The members of the delegation have hit the ground running – here’s a quick recap of their first day.
Today’s first meeting was at 10:30 am. Governor Patrick and members of the delegation met with Major General Eliezer Shkedi, CEO of El Al Airlines, about the possibility of initiating a new, direct flight route from Boston to Israel. Click here to watch NECN’s coverage of the meeting.
Later, Governor Patrick met with Avi Hasson, the Chief Scientist of Israel. The Governor and Chief Scientist Hasson led a roundtable discussion with the delegation about Massachusetts and Israel’s continuing partnership promoting mutual growth in the innovation economy.
In the evening, the delegation headed to the offices of Cisco Israel to participate in a TeleConference event with the Lieutenant Governor and a group of Massachusetts entrepreneurs, who joined the meeting from Cisco offices back in the Bay State. The Governor took this opportunity to launch the second round of the MassChallenge competition – a global contest aimed at supporting innovative startup companies. Last year the program supported 111 startups that created 300 new jobs and raised $30 million in outside funding. Click here to learn more about MassChallenge or watch the video of the event.
Each day, we’ll summarize the delegation’s work in a blog post here. You can find more updates and multimedia at our Massachusetts Innovation Partnership website: www.mass.gov/governor/innovationmission.
Follow @MassGovernor on Twitter for official updates about the Mission and use the hashtag #maip to join the conversation. For real-time updates from the members of the delegation and embedded reporters, follow this Twitter list. And check our Flickr page throughout the day for new photos.
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