- Sandrine Sebag, Regan Communications Group, 860-595-4135
- Kristiana Sullivan, CERC, 860-571-6213
Hartford, CT — Upward Hartford and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) today announced that a startup delegation from Israel including 18 cutting-edge Israeli startups will be visiting Connecticut on November 8th to meet insurance and health industry leaders who can benefit from their technology. The delegation – the first of its kind to visit the state – will include companies in the fields of digital health, medical device, cyber security, and electrical manufacturing. They will spend one day in the capital city participating in various forums and panel discussions with Israeli partners as well as investors, to develop partnerships and attract more business investment into the State of Connecticut. The road show is funded by the Israeli Innovation Authority.
Israeli companies represented in the delegation are: AEYE Health, ATLASense Biomed Ltd., check-ER, Cynerio, Doubledu, Dr. Ora Ltd., Fitango Health, Medasense, MEDecide, Medivizor , Nunetz , Oxitone Medical, SecBI, Semperis, Tech InnoSphere Engineering, Telesofia Medical, Wellness Layers, WIKAYA
Local industry participants include: Aetna, Cigna, Connecticare, Hartford Healthcare, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, Hospital for Special Care, Trinity Health, Connecticut Hospital Association, Magellan Health, Medtronic, The Hartford, Travelers, Phoenix, Prudential, Nassau Reinsurance Group, XL Catlin, Microsoft, IBM, United Technologies, Stanley Black and Decker, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro.
Investors include: Connecticut Innovations, Herculus Capital, Highcape Ventures, Elmwood Ventures, H.I.G Capital, New Technology Ventures, Axiom Venture Partners, Outcome Capital, Launch Capital, Stanley Ventures, Startup Bootcamp.
"Hartford has an opportunity to be a major player and we are thrilled to create a platform for new relationships over the course of this economic development mission,” said Shana Schlossberg Founder and CEO of Upward Hartford. "We are pleased to show the global market that Hartford does not take a back seat to Silicon Valley when it comes to supporting and growing a high-tech economy. I want everyone to understand the weight and significance of this opportunity.”
“To bring innovation to our city, we need to take Hartford out of the shadow of New York and Boston, and make it a place where startups from around the world would want to visit. The great news is that Hartford, and Connecticut as a whole, have plenty of tools to attract business. We are the capital of Insurance and Aerospace, while Connecticut is a hub for Healthcare, Medical Devices, and Bioscience.”
The state, in partnership with CERC, has been successfully attracting Israeli capitol and continuing to enhance the relationship with Israel to strengthen economic, industrial, technological, and commercial cooperation – ideally leading to the commercialization of new products in the global marketplace. This upcoming delegation represents the next stage of efforts to showcase that Connecticut has many of the same as well as unique assets to help Israeli companies do business in the U.S. “CERC provides concierge service on behalf of the State to companies looking to relocate to or expand in Connecticut. We have a long relationship with the business community of Israel, and this event will help us move it up to the next level,” said Jason Giulietti, CERC Vice President of Business Recruitment. “This is a great opportunity to show off the assets that Connecticut has which align with Israeli innovation.”
“Developing a relationship between Hartford and the State of Israel, will allow us to strengthen economic, industrial, technological, and commercial cooperation. Hopefully this effort will lead to the commercialization of new products in the global marketplace. Upward Hartford’s mission is to become “an innovation hub,” said Schlossberg. “Being able to create sustainable relationships in those industries with Israeli leaders of this delegation will have a major return on innovation. At Upward Hartford, we are committed to our mission of expanding our tech industry and establishing an innovation district.”
The delegation schedule is as follows:
- 7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast and Welcome Remarks
- 8:30 - 9:15 Startup Introductions
- 9:15 - 10:30 Industry Led Panel
- 10:30 - 12:00 Pre-scheduled 1-on-1s with the startups
- 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with the Startups
- 12:30 - 1:00 CT for Startups Panel led by DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith
- 1:00 - 1:45 Investor Led Panel
- 1:45 - 5:00 Pre-scheduled 1-on-1s with the startups
About Upward Hartford
Upward Hartford is a 27,500-square-foot high-tech hub of innovation comprised of office and shared space for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as a tech incubator for developers of next-generation robotics and wearable technology. The hub embraces the co-working movement as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of members can work together in a communal setting and help shape a professional community that thrives on innovative synergy and social networks between its members. The mission of the hub will be to make innovation accessible to every member of the community – from inner city high school students who can learn to code to young graduates who want to start a new business to members of the community who can partake in events and series that teach and inspire innovation and collaboration.