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U.S.-Israel Innovation Leadership Program for HLS/Cyber Executives - Merage Institute


U.S.-Israel Innovation Leadership Program for HLS/Cyber Executives

March 24 - April 4, 2014 | Irvine, California


The Merage Institute for U.S.-Israel Innovation Bridge Leadership Program for HLS/Cyber Executives is now open for registration. The two-week, partially subsidized program takes place in Irvine, California from March 24th to April 4th 2014.


The Leadership Program for HLS/Cyber Executives focuses on enhancing your and your company’s ability to operate in the United States and to succeed in the global marketplace.


The program provides highly effective approaches to successful marketing, negotiation techniques, applied networking and sales strategies, finance, and legal and procurement issues for Israeli entrepreneurs operating in the U.S. market. Faculty members include some of the most effective U.S. entrepreneurs as well as experts from leading U.S. business schools. Faculty lead you and your colleagues through highly interactive sessions that include relevant case studies, simulations, and project-focused assignments.


In addition, a special focus will be devoted to the cyber industry, the business decision making process in the cyber eco-system, relevant business approach, models, and pricing, and future business opportunities in this market.


The integrated program features an innovative business development component beginning with introductions to relevant U.S. entrepreneurs possibly interested in cooperating with value-adding Israeli businesses. This relationship begins during your coursework in the program and expands on a continuous basis as you and your firm develops over the years.


Criteria for Nomination and Selection: The Merage Institute selects up to fifteen participants for each Executive Leadership Program. The program is limited to applicants from HLS/Cyber-related industries mainly cyber companies, Cyber protection, law enforcement officers and related industries.


The institute is seeking applicants who are executives at Israeli startup companies which have received first-stage financing and at have at least a Prototype or a demo. The institute may choose to admit a limited additional number of participants from companies of a different profile.


Applications are reviewed by the Institute’s Israeli Advisory Board. The top-ranked candidates will be interviewed by the Israeli Advisory Board, which submits nominations to the Merage Institute for final consideration. Both the applicants and the company they represent must demonstrate a clear capacity and commitment to develop and implement strategies to successfully penetrate U.S. markets. The Institute considers applicants and companies whose products and/or services reflect a potential comparative or competitive advantage in U.S. markets.


For participants from companies who are selected, the Institute covers all non-incidental costs of attending the program (food, lodging, etc.), except for transportation.

Applicants must be citizens of Israel and speak English fluently.


Deadlines: Applications for the March 2014 Leadership Program for HLS Executives can be found at www.merageinstitute.org  must be submitted to yaizik@merageinstitute.org , not later than close of business Jan. 9, 2014.


About the Merage Institute:


The Merage Institute was founded by Paul Merage. He also is the guiding force behind the Innovation Bridge Program, a program designed to bring together the best and brightest minds in the United States and Israel.


Paul has over 35 years of experience in consumer products. Following 10 years in management with major packaged food companies, he founded "Chef America", a start-up frozen food Company in 1975. In time "Chef America" became one of the largest and most profitable privately held food companies in the US, best known for Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets. It operated nationally with a workforce of over 2000 and was sold to Nestle in 2002 for $2.6 billion.


Paul is now actively engaged providing vision and strategic direction for MIG CAPITAL and its affiliate companies (“MIG”). MIG was a natural progression of the need for a platform to professionally manage, preserve and enhance family capital.


Paul focused on a mission to “give back to America” and created The Merage Foundations with his family. Part of this effort is the Merage Institute (www.merageinstitute.org). The Institute’s programs are aimed at improving quality of life through education. Each has gained positive national and international attention.


Paul is active with the University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Board. In addition, Paul and the Merage family support a number of other philanthropic efforts.


The Merage Institute program for US-Israel Innovation Bridge Program is committed to promoting trade as a vehicle to economic growth in Israel and the United States. The Institute accomplishes this through a number of innovative initiatives, including specialized Leadership Programs for different high tech industries from Israel, where we try to bridge technologies and people and expose the US business community to Israelis and Israeli start-up leaders and vice versa, aiming to strengthen and promote bonding, knowledge exchange and strategic collaborations.


The program consists of an intense two week immersion seminar (for about 20 entrepreneurs) which emphasizes effective approaches to marketing, negotiation, networking and sales strategies, finance, legal and procurement issues in the conduct of business with and within the United States. The program is offered completely with no charge of any kind.


The Institute has conducted this program for over 6 years. Today we hold 4 programs a year for Israeli start-ups executives from different industries such as life sciences, BioTech, Medical devices, pharmaceuticals , Hi-tech, HLS and Clean Tech. The theme of this coming program is homeland security. Part of the program includes a dinner series where US leaders are invited to lead a conversation about their experiences in promoting and utilizing technologies in connection with homeland security issues.

For more information or to express interest in the program, please contact:

Stephanie Levy

Project Coordinator

MATIMOP – The Israeli Industry Center for R&D

Phone: 972-3-511-8154