Over the course of eight days in July, a delegation of eleven Victorian Coalition MPs, including a number of Shadow Ministers, travelled to Israel to partake in AIJAC’s Rambam Israel Fellowship Program with a key focus on learning about Israel’s startup culture and industries.
Eric Goldberg (Senior Business Development Manager for the Australian Trade & Investment Commission), Cindy McLeish MP, Neale Burgess MP, Joel Burnie (AIJAC), David Southwick MP, Graham Watt MP, Nick Wakeling MP, Richard Riordan MP, Omri Wislizki (Manager of the Landing Pad), Martin Dixon MP.
The delegation visited a number of business incubators, startups, venture capitalist and experts including Saul Singer, co-author of the book Start-Up Nation. The Victorian MPs spent time at Ben Gurion University to hear a number of pitches from social entrepreneurs, and also met with global investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd who recently launched “Our Innovation Australia Fund” targeting the early stage sector in Australia.
Led by the Victorian Shadow Minister for Innovation David Southwick MP, the delegation visited Australia’s Landing Pad in Tel Aviv, launched in December 2015 as the first of five overseas working spaces established by the Federal Coalition Government.