For the sixth straight year, a delegation of South Carolina business people, professional service providers, university researchers and economic development professionals traveled to Israel for a week long business and research mission.
Abby Pearson, Charlestonian and President of Call Experts, shared her reflections as a participant on this most recent mission. "I am floored by the positive and extensive impact that this collaboration has had on my home state. The media often depicts hate and separatism both within our own communities and in Israel. To counter this, I ask that we remember the growth and opportunity possible when we look past state/country/religious lines and focus on innovation and collaboration."
The SC-Israel Collaboration is a major initiative of the state’s research universities, industries, and economic development agencies as well as the Israeli government. Its mission is to stimulate business and research partnerships between companies and universities in South Carolina and Israel as a way to generate economic development, jobs, and investments to the benefit of all. It is organized by Conexx: America Israel Business Connector with a grant support of Charleston-based The InterTech Group. Additional Collaboration sponsors include Wells Fargo Private Bank, Medical University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
The Collaboration is built around six identified clusters of strength in South Carolina and Israel where there is the strong potential of synergy and relevance: Biomedical, Advanced Materials, Sustainable Systems, Transportation, Defense/Security, and Insurance/Health IT. In October 2013, South Carolina became the first southeastern state to sign a bilateral research and development agreement with the State of Israel.
According to Conexx, over 120 South Carolinians have thus far traveled to Israel with the collaboration with many of them participating in multiple trips.
For more information on the SC-Israel Collaboration and future missions, visit http://sc-israel.org/