From May 27-June 4, 2014, Governor Patrick led an Innovation Partnership Mission to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. The Governor and members of the delegation visited companies and business organizations in the innovation economy sectors, and met with top business and government leaders to highlight all that Massachusetts has to offer. The Governor delivered remarks at the U.S. – Israel CONNECTED Summit, an event that brings together hundreds of American and Israeli business leaders, academics and government leaders to participate in industry-specific discussions on topics such as medical devices, neuroscience, Internet of Things, eHealth, water tech and cyber security. The Governor also met with Israel’s Chief Scientist, Avi Hasson, while in Israel. In Abu Dhabi, the Governor met with leaders from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE’s premier research university focusing on advanced energy and sustainable technologies.

Trip Highlights

  • Governor Patrick Addresses International Renewable Energy Agency Council; Celebrates Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Leadership
    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, Mass Clean Energy Center Chief Executive Officer Alicia Barton and others to promote Massachusetts’ nation-leading efforts in renewable energy and climate change policy during the second day of the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) Council’s meeting. 

  • Governor Patrick Participates in Cyber Security Panel to Discuss Security Initiatives in Massachusetts
    HERZILYA – Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today participated in a Cyber Security Panel with members of the Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership Mission 2014 to discuss the successful security initiatives in Massachusetts and collaborate with partners in Israel to grow our cybersecurity sectors. Today’s panel discussion was hosted by EMC Israel. The growing cybersecurity sector serves as a challenge, but an even greater opportunity for Massachusetts, the Nation and the world. It is an issue with tremendous national security implications and a field with unmet demand for the jobs of the 21st century economy.

  • Governor Patrick Announces Winners of Massachusetts – Israel Water Innovation Challenge; Celebrates Construction of Desalitech’s New Municipal Water Treatment Facility in Israel
    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the winners of the first Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP) water innovation challenge. The Governor made this announcement with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson during the U.S. - Israel Connected Summit “Going Global with Water Tech” forum. Following the forum, Governor Patrick joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc., Director General of the Israel Ministry of Economy Amit Lang, representatives from the City of Ra’anana, the Israel Water Authority and City of Newton Mayor Setti Warren to celebrate the start of construction on a new municipal water treatment facility in the City of Ra’anana.
  • Governor Patrick Joins MassChallenge to Announce Finalists for the MassChallenge Israel Competition
    HERZLIYA – Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassChallenge CEO John Harthorne to announce the 2014 MassChallenge Israel startup accelerator competition finalists. MassChallenge Israel launched in February 2014 and is the first official MassChallenge program based outside of Boston. The finalists include two startups in high-tech, five in health care and the life sciences, two in food-tech and one in the general category.