The 16th GoForIsrael business conference will be held on September 20 in Shanghai, China — the first time it is to take place outside Israel.
The focus of the business conference organized by Cukierman & Co Investment House will be opportunities for deals between Israel and China and the latter’s investment appetite for industries such as life sciences and clean energy.
The goal “is to leverage the opportunity of a unique encounter with hundreds of Chinese investors, in a very focused and direct way,” said Edouard Cukierman, chairman of Cukierman Investment House and managing partner of Catalyst CEL, Israeli-Chinese Fund. “Israeli technology companies will benefit from pre-organized meetings with potential investors, and from the opportunity to present their technologies on stage. We expect to have continuous one-on-one meetings between investors and entrepreneurs during the conference.”
GoforIsrael 2016 said the conference would host decision makers, business representatives and parliamentarians from China and Israel, with more than 100 Chinese VCs and PE Funds as well as hundreds other Chinese investors expected to attend. Israeli companies will be able to briefly introduce their products and solutions to potential investors, in the fields of technology, media, telecom and life sciences.
Besides seeking to boost technology related ties, the conference will also enhance the possibilities of Israel-China relations in the field of infrastructure. The Chinese government’s plan to create an economic belt with the countries on the original Silk Road will generate new opportunities for Israel, the conference organizers said in a statement.
Among the participants from Israel: Yisrael Katz, Israel’s minister of transportation and intelligence, high-tech entrepreneur Yossi Vardi, Uri Geiger, managing partner of Accelmed, and Luc Muller, chairman of Lamina & Catalyst Fund.
Headquartered in Israel, the Cukierman & Co. Investment House offers investment banking services to Israeli and European companies.