Presentation puts spotlight on investments and Israeli startups

by | Apr 5, 2013 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, April 17, noon, Vandeventer Black offices

The Business and Legal Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board present “Israel Incubates and America Invests” at a free, lunch-hour discussion. featuring Brian Rosenzweig, managing partner of American investment group JANVEST. The investment group funds seed state Internet, software, telecom and defense companies within Israel’s emerging technology market.

Rosenzweig will provide an overview of some of the young Israeli companies in which his company has invested, and the business and financial strategies behind these investments.

“While everybody knows of Israel as a tech hub, most have no understanding of the country’s early stage market, which is where the majority of emerging technologies are operating,” says Rosenzweig.

To attract companies from this market, he says, it is important to know the types and numbers of these companies, what their needs are and what role the Tidewater community could play in supporting their growth.

Companies JANVEST includes in its portfolio, and which Rosenzweig will highlight, include one with an information security technology based on behavioral biometrics, which could render the username/ password login obsolete. Another boasts an e-book reading and distribution platform going head to head with Apple and Amazon and another offers a mobile application which monitors mobile device radiation.

“We are excited to hear Brian describe the potential of these unique, cutting-edge Israeli startups, and the opportunity for the Business and Legal Society to partner with the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board,” says Carolyn Amacher, UJFT community development specialist.

The program is free and open to Jewish business and legal professionals. Refreshments will be served.

The event will take place at the Vandeventer Black law offices, located at 101 W. Main Street in downtown Norfolk

To register for “Israel Incubates and America Invests,” call Carolyn Amacher at 757-452-3181 or email camacher@ujft. org. For more information on the UJFT Business & Legal Society and upcoming events, visit