The Maryland/Israel Development Center recently hosted two webinars focusing on the dynamic business climate in Israel and the Middle East.
“The Abraham Peace Accords: A Catalyst for International Business with Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Beyond” attracted over 500 registrants interested in exploring new business and investment opportunities in Israel and the Middle East as a result of the normalization agreements.
“The Current Landscape of Venture Capital Investing” with more than 220 registrants showcased a panel of four American and Israeli investors discussing changes the pandemic has brought to their strategies and practices and hints for entrepreneurs raising funds.
“The Abraham Peace Accords: A Catalyst for International Business with Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Beyond Webinar” on January 27th was sponsored by the MIDC, Baker Donelson, OurCrowd, the Israeli pioneer in equity crowdfunding, and the international network of U.S. and binational-Israel chambers of commerce including those from France, Britain and Canada. Speakers included U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Jon Medved, Founder & CEO, OurCrowd, Sabah Al Binali, Ph.D., Head of Gulf Investing, OurCrowd, and Yifat Alon Perel, Minister of Economic & Trade Affairs, Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. All expressed optimism for expanded business opportunities with Israel, the UAE and other nations in the Middle East. Howard Sollins, Shareholder, of Baker Donelson moderated the webinar.
“The Current Landscape of Venture Capital Investing,” featured a panel of American and Israeli investors that delved into the status of venture capital investing during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The webinar was moderated by Samuel E. Feigin, Corporate Department Co-Chair & Israel Practice Chair of Crowell & Moring. The panel of speakers included Oren Charnoff, Vice President, Hanaco Ventures; Nissim Darvish, M.D., Ph.D., Venture Partner, OrbiMed; Elizabeth Good Mazhari, Interim Managing Director, Maryland Venture Fund; and Raghav Bhargava of New Enterprise Associates (NEA).