Hong Kong makes its MIXiii pitch for deeper business ties with ‘start-up nation’ IsraelMay. 22, 2014
Israel’s business community has increasingly turned eastward towards booming Asian markets—so much so it was recentlyreported that in 2014, Israel is expected to export more on an annual basis to Asia than it will to the United States.
Fittingly, then, Asian countries had a major presence at the prestigious MIXiii - Israel Innovation Conference 2014, held May 20-22 in Tel Aviv. Hong Kong, represented by a diverse 31-member delegation, was no exception. The group was led by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), a government-backed financial body whose goal is to “encourage new global companies to set up their businesses in Hong Kong, and to help those existing companies expand,” said Simon Galpin, its director-general of investment promotion.
Galpin told JNS.org that his Israel delegation included “a mixture of people [such as] key investors and entrepreneurs looking to invest or collaborate with Israeli start-ups”; some of Hong Kong’s leaders in innovation, high-tech, and R&D (research and development); and one of the country’s chief scientists. He hoped that the trip would “plug the entrepreneurs we have into what’s going on in Israel,” and encourage Israeli start-ups to explore Hong Kong as an option for expansion.
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