World priority

Promoting collaboration in technology and innovation through the UK-Israel Tech Hub

Issue

The UK-Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy Israel helps economic growth in both countries by partnering British companies with the best of Israeli innovation. The goal is to create partnerships in which British companies help Israeli innovation go global, and Israeli innovation gives British companies a global competitive edge.

The Hub is the first initiative of this kind at an embassy.

Actions

The UK-Israel Tech Hub was launched in October 2011 as a team at the British Embassy Israel to promote a partnership in technology and innovation between the two countries.

The Hub’s aims are to:

  • help British corporations gain a global advantage by partnering with Israeli innovation
  • position the UK as a partner of choice for Israeli tech companies to expand globally
  • encourage capital flow in both directions to support innovation
  • create and maintain platforms for direct interaction between stakeholders
  • increase awareness of the UK-Israel tech opportunity among policy and business leaders

The Hub focuses its activities in sectors where the UK and Israel have complementary strengths, including digital, biomed, cleantech, Arabic internet, government IT and finance.

To date, these activities have included sector-specific business delegations between the UK and Israel; conferences, workshops and partnering events; bespoke programmes for leading companies and raising awareness to business opportunities.

Background

The Hub was launched in October 2011 as an initiative of Ambassador Matthew Gould. Its creation followed an agreement between Prime Ministers David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu to build a UK-Israel partnership in technology. The Hub is a pilot programme for UKTI London aimed at developing new methods and metrics of commercial diplomacy. It is supported by both public and private funding, and works in collaboration with UKTI in Israel and with a wide range of partner organisations.

In March 2012 David Willets MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and Israel’s Chief Scientist Avi Hasson co-chaired the first meeting of the UK-Israel Tech Council.

The Hub team is led by Director Naomi Krieger Carmy, and includes Arab Sector Manager Dona Haj Manaa, Biomed Manager Dr Iris Geffen Gloor, Cleantech Manager Yoni Dolgin, Digital Manager Avi Cohen and PA to Director Lisa Hanania.

Two senior industry figures provide strategic guidance and support: Hub Chairman Haim Shani and UK Tech Envoy to Israel Saul Klein. In December 2012 PM Cameron appointed Klein as the first envoy of this kind. Read the announcement on the Downing 10 site.

Contact

UK-Israel Tech Hub website.

Email: info@ukisraelhub.com or telephone +972-3-7251286.

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