University of Haifa Program on Innovation and Startups a Success Despite Surprise Spring Snow Storm in Boston

In spite of a spring snow storm on April 4 the University of Haifa “Ready for Launch” program about bringing exciting new ideas developed at the University to market attracted a large audience.

Elka Nir, CEO of Carmel Ltd, the University of Haifa’s Technology Transfer Organization, explained the new partnership-based business model which is enhancing the market value of  the University’s discoveries and innovations, and increasing their availability to the global marketplace. Elka distributed some useful summary information about Carmel Ltd, which is available here.


Speakers at the “Ready for Launch” program included, from left, Elka Nir, Carolyn Keller, Ben Sigel, Nadav Efraty, Omri Shor and Prof. Edi Barkai.

Professor Edi Barkai, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University and a renowned neurophysiologist concentrating on high skills learning, discussed his discoveries which will benefit people with cognitive loss.

Two University of Haifa graduates who are now building successful high tech companies in the U.S. — Nadav Efraty, founder and CEO of Desalitech, and Omri Shor, co-founder and CEO of MediSafe — shared their experiences as students at Haifa and business start-up catalysts around Boston. Massachusetts, they explained, is home to over 200 Israeli-led startups, due to the strong network of academic, government and Jewish communal support.

Another University of Haifa graduate, Israel Consul General in New England Yehuda Yaakov, reminded us what a diverse and pluralistic city Haifa is, and how effectively the University maintains a welcoming learning environment for all segments of Israeli society.

Special thanks to Ben Sigel, a National Board Member of the American Society for arranging the evening, and our sponsors — the Mintz Levin law firm, the Israel Consulate of New England, in cooperation with CJP, the Israel American Council and Jewish Venture Mentoring Service.

For more information about the exciting donor or investor opportunities at Carmel Ltd. and the University of Haifa, contact ASUH New England Director Carolyn Keller.


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