U.S.-Israel-India Business Forum in Silicon Valley

November 13th GSVlabs, 585 Broadway, Redwood City, California

Indiaspora held a day-long US-India-Israel Business Forum on November 13, Monday, in the San Francisco Bay Area at GSVlabs585 Broadway, Redwood City, California in conjunction with the Indian and Israeli Consulates, the US-India Business Council (USIBC), and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), among other supporting organizations.

The event promoted trilateral business opportunities, with a focus on specific areas:

  • water management
  • food and agriculture
  • medical technology
  • cybersecurity
  • smart transportation

The morning session at the event featured a pitch competition with startups presenting their business ideas to a panel of judges, which included Indiaspora Patron Raju ReddySilicon Valley angel investor and entrepreneur.

A Board Member at Belong.co, a predictive outbound hiring solution startup, as well as founder and board member of several other startups and organizations, Raju Reddy mentioned he was impressed by the caliber of the submissions during the morning pitch competition.

“The quality of startups and the problems they aim to address is quite impressive and far-reaching in general. Some had cross-border teams and most are pursuing ideas with a global market opportunity. While there are many existing and deep relationships between Israel- and India-based entrepreneurs in the diamond industry and possibly others, I think in the Tech startup space, the road to India from Israel and vice versa will likely go through Silicon Valley–meaning the informal networks already established in Silicon Valley will play a key role in fostering trust and building business relationships between India and Israel in the long run,” said Reddy.

The afternoon session comprised of panel discussions on various topics like technological collaboration and diaspora/community alliances among the three countries.

This event represented a continuation of our leadership in furthering trilateral relations between the three nations. As most of you know, Indiaspora took a delegation of our members to Israel in July 2017, coinciding with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s historic visit to that country. Subsequently, Indiaspora Staff Director Sanjeev Joshipura spoke at a trilateral event in Fairfax County, Virginia, promoting commercial and business ties.

For comprehensive coverage of the Business Forum, please see the following special report published in The Economic Times on November 16th.