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					      The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce
      The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce

                Monthly Newsletter
                Monthly Newsletter
                    April 2008
                     April 2008
      TEL: 214-576-9639 FAX: 214-576-9848 EMAIL:

                 Terry Anderson, Chairman of the Board
                    Russell Levine, President & CEO

                           Mission Statement

To increase economic development by fostering understanding, cooperation,
            and business relationships between Israel and Texas
                           Tablle of Contents
                           Tab e of Contents

Subject                                                 Page
Opening Article…………………………………………………………………2
A Selection of Business Headlines from Texas…………………………….3-4
A Selection of Business Headlines from Israel…………………………….4
Upcoming Chamber Events…………………………………………………..5-8
Past Chamber Events………………………………………………………….8-10
Upcoming Events in Israel………………………………………….………...10-12
Business Opportunities from Israel…………………………………………12-13
Business Opportunities from Texas………………………………………....13-14

Israeli Firms Optimistic After Texas Visit - April 13, 2008

High-tech companies hope to rope in deals from investors.

The largest-ever delegation of Israeli high-tech companies to visit Texas
returned to Israel today after three days of intensive talks. Both the visitors
and hosts believe that the visit was a great success and will have a long-
term affect on Israel's high-tech industry, including investment from Texan
institutional investors in Israeli venture capital funds and in other
investment channels.

STARTech Early Ventures founder and managing partner Matthew
Blanton told "Globes", "This visit opened the eyes of both sides.
Unfortunately, many Texans think that Israel is big desert full of camels.
Texans who have never been exposed to Israel learned from this delegation
the fact that if there are any camels in Israel, it does not contradict the fact
that it is a high-tech powerhouse and great source of innovation."
STARTech is based in the Austin* suburb of Richardson, which is
considered the state's answer to Silicon Valley.

Texan government and academic officials openly said that they were
interested in, and follow, Israeli companies. They told their visitors they
hoped that if they spread the news of this interest back home, Texan high-
tech centers could be an excellent springboard into the US market for

Israeli companies.

Blanton noted, "Large parts of the US that are suffering from prolonged
droughts, especially Texas, could become attractive markets for innovative
Israeli water technology companies."

Blanton also pointed to Texas' petrochemicals industry and refineries. The
Gulf of Mexico based refineries refine five million barrels of oil a day, a
third of total US production, and are heavy consumers of water and energy.
Another major water and energy consumer is the state's agricultural sector.

Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research and Development
Foundation (BIRD-F) executive director Dr. Eitan Yudilevich added that
talks between Israeli entrepreneurs and executives of Texas Instruments
Inc. (NYSE: TXN), including president and CEO Richard K. Templeton,
were very significant. Templeton's participation in this meeting reflects the
importance that the company attributed to it.

*correction: should read Dallas

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news -
- on April 13, 2008

 A Sellecttiion off Busiiness Headlliines ffrom Texas
 A Se ec on o Bus ness Head nes rom Texas


04/08/08 Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Discovers the
         Convenience of Retalix Software


03/28/08 Bell Boeing Wins $10.4B Osprey Contract
03/31/08 EDS Signs $1B Deal with Royal Dutch Shell
03/31/08 ConocoPhillips Leads Biomass Alliance
03/31/08 Royal Dutch Shell Decides to Outsource Global Network
         Management to AT&T
04/02/08 Uplogix Raises $10 Million

04/02/08   Sweet Leaf Tea Lands $18 Million
04/02/08   Texas Retains Top Ranking in High-Tech Job Creation
04/14/08   Blockbuster Offers $1B for Circuit City
04/15/08   Hydro Green Closes on $2.6M Fund
04/15/08   Alcon Gets FDA Approval for Nasal Spray
04/15/08   KCI Raising Funds for LifeCell Acquisition
04/21/08   Texas Instruments Quarterly Profits Jump 28%
04/22/08   AT&T Wraps up First-Quarter 2008 on Profitable Note
04/23/08   Perot Systems Signs deal with Surgical Care Affiliates
04/23/08   Is Dell Planning to Acquire RadioShack?
04/23/08   Investors Buy Authentix for $100 Million
04/23/08   IDev Technologies Closes $25 Million Financing Round
04/24/08   Dell Wraps up $155 Million MessageOne Deal

 A Sellecttiion off Busiiness Headlliines ffrom Israell
 A Se ec on o Bus ness Head nes rom Israe

03/27/08 Modigene Announces closing of $12 Million Financing by
         Members of The Frost Group
03/27/08 Xtellus Secures Expansion Capital and New Investor
03/31/08 $20M for Provigent in Fourth Round of Financing
04/16/08 Evogene Allies with CBD to Make a Better Cotton
04/22/08 Gilat Chosen to Provide a 1,500-site SkyEdge II Broadband
         Satellite Network for Colombia’s Axesat
04/22/08 Red Bend Receives $10 Million in Funding to Meet Market
         Demand for Mobile Software Management
04/23/08 IBM Purchasing Storage Startup Diligent for $165 Million

 Membershiip
 Membersh p

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the
following companies and individuals have recently joined our

Corporate – SandLinks

Business – ClarityMD, ITS Plus, Inc., Silicon Valley Bank

For an Application for Membership, please visit our website at or contact Russell Levine at or

 Upcomiing Chamber Eventts
 Upcom ng Chamber Even s

Thursday, May 8, 2008
4:30 – 8:00pm
Jewish Community Center (Card Room)
7900 Northhaven Road
Dallas, TX 75230

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce will be one of many organizations
participating in the Israel@60 celebration that is taking place on Thursday,
May 8, 2008 at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas. We have been
assigned the "Card Room" at the JCC. This event is expected to draw about
2,000 visitors.

There will be a presentation on the Chamber and board member Yoram
Solomon from Texas Instruments will discuss TI's relationship with Israel.
In addition, we will have representatives from local Israeli companies in
attendance and show short videos of some of the Israeli companies (Alon
USA, Amdocs, N-trig, Retalix) that have a local presence. We will also show
a video of Israel's high tech industry.

Please invite your colleagues and family members. We are sure you will
enjoy yourselves.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
6:00 – 7:00pm Host Reception, 7:00 – 9:30pm Awards Dinner
Prestonwood Country Club
15909 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75248

For more information, please contact Tina Yampanis at (214) 207-0017 or You may also contact Russell Levine at (214) 576-9639

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce will hold its First Annual Awards
Dinner Gala at the Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas on Thursday, June
12, 2008. The Host Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the
Awards Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

We are proud to honor Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow, Texas Instruments
and David Litman, Co-Founder of and CEO of

In addition to recognizing our 2008 Honorees, we will acknowledge the
contributions made by a number of key individuals and companies
through the presentation of the following awards:

 2008 Chairman’s Award • 2008 President’s Award • 2008 Founder’s Circle
Award • 2008 Community Supporter of the Year • 2008 Volunteer of the Year
• 2008 Israeli Company of the year • 2008 Israeli Industry Pacesetter Award
                          • 2008 Deal of the Year

Please join us in hosting a table for this special event. The Host levels and
benefits are outlined below. All Host Levels include an annual
membership in the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for
receiving recognition in the dinner invitation as a host is Monday, May 12.
Online purchases of Gold Host Tickets (only) are available at

The Chamber thanks board members Martin Golman and Yoram Solomon
for Co-Chairing the Awards Dinner Gala. We appreciate your consideration
in hosting a table and your assistance in recruiting others to participate in
this important event.

 EVENT UNDERWRITER                       $25,000.00
  3 VIP Tables of 10, 30 Guests for Host Reception, Banner Placement,
  Recognition of title sponsorship with name & Logo on all printed
  material, Photo Op
 TABLE UNDERWRITER                       $10,000.00
  2 VIP Tables of 10, 20 Guests for Host Reception, Recognition on all
  printed material, Photo op
 GOLD PATRON TABLE                       $5,000.00
  1 VIP Table of 10, 10 Guests for Host Reception, Recognition on all
  printed material, Photo op
 PATRON TABLE                            $2,500.00
  1 VIP Table of 10, 8 Guests for Host Reception, Recognition on all
  printed material, Photo op
 SPONSOR TABLE                           $1000.00
  1 VIP Table of 10, 6 Guests for Host Reception, Recognition on all
  printed material, Photo op
 GOLD HOST TICKET                        $250.00 Per Person
  1 VIP Ticket to Host Reception & Dinner, Recognition on all printed
  material, photo op
 GUEST TICKET                            $75.00 Per Person
  Guest Ticket to General Reception and Dinner

Please note that the deadline for receiving recognition in the dinner
invitation as a host is Monday, May 12.

A registration form may be downloaded at


Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce
1302 E. Collins Blvd.
Richardson, TX 75081

*Gold Host tickets may be purchased online at

Donations and monies raised from this event will go to the programs and
operational expenses of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The

Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce is a 501.C.6 and may be a tax
deductible business expense.

Persons seeking an individual charitable tax deduction should make
checks payable to Israel-Texas Science and Education Foundation, Inc.

     Pastt Chamber Eventts
      Pas Chamber Even s

APRIL 9, 2008 in Austin
APRIL 10-11, 2008 in Dallas

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Government of Israel
Economic Office in Houston, The Israel-Texas Science and Education
Foundation, The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and
Development Foundation (BIRD), and the Israel Venture Association, with
the support of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and the Israel
Export and International Cooperation Institute, organized an Israel Trade
Mission to Austin and Dallas, Texas from April 9-11, 2008. The Israeli
delegation was headed by Dr. Orna Berry, Chairperson of the Israel
Venture Association and Venture Partner with Gemini Israel Funds and
Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation.
Representatives from five leading Israeli high technology companies
participated in the trade mission along with representatives from
prominent Israeli venture capital firms. Zvi Chalamish, CFO for the
Government of Israel – Ministry of Finance, and Tamar Guy, Executive
Director, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, also participated in the
trade mission.

The goal of the Trade Mission was to establish relationships between
companies in Texas and Israel, and expose them to the tremendous
business opportunities that exist in these two markets. The Israeli
delegation spent their day in Austin meeting with senior level executives at
the offices of Dell, AT&T Labs, IBM, and representatives from The
University of Texas at Austin and The Austin Technology Incubator. The
Dallas itinerary included visits to Texas Instruments, STARTech Early
Ventures (among the companies represented at this session were EMC,
Sevin Rosen Funds, and Lynntech), and TXP Corporation. The Trade

Mission also provided a framework to assist Israeli companies in opening
an office in Texas.

6:45pm – 8:30pm, Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Dell Jewish Community Center
JCAA Community Hall Stage
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731

As part of the Trade Mission to Texas program, The Texas-Israel Chamber
of Commerce, The Government of Israel Economic Office in Houston, and
the Israel-Texas Science and Education Foundation organized Building US-
Israel Partnerships. Doug Mangum, Managing Director of Silicon Valley
Bank, emceed the event and moderated the panel discussion.

The dinner reception was an occasion to welcome to Texas the participants
of the Israel Trade Mission to Texas, including featured speakers: Dr. Orna
Berry, Chairperson of the Israel Venture Association and Venture Partner
at Gemini Israel Funds; and Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the
Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD)
Foundation. Rick Seger, President of Austin-based N-trig – an Israeli
company, joined Dr. Berry and Dr. Yudilevich on a lively panel discussion.
We were greatly honored to also have Secretary of State Phil Wilson
address our guests.

This dinner was the first event in Austin for the Texas-Israel Chamber of
Commerce, and therefore provided a fantastic opportunity for the Austin
business community to learn more about the Chamber’s activities.

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce is grateful for the support of our
sponsors: Platinum – Austin Ventures; Gold – Entorian Technologies;
Silver – Applied Nanotech and Texas Instruments, and Greenberg Traurig
– wine reception (wine generously provided by Glazer’s) The Chamber
would also like to thank the following supporting organizations: Austin
Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Community Association of Austin and Blue
Knot Austin.

The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge Dana
Epstein, Assistant to the CEO, Jewish Community Association of Austin,
for working tirelessly to help put this event together and make it a great
success. A special thanks as well to Chamber board member Arie Brish and
his wife Etty for hosting a cocktail reception at their Austin home on the
evening of Tuesday, April 8 – the day before the trade mission officially
kicked off.

11:30am-1:15pm, Friday, April 11
Prestonwood Country Club
15909 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75248

The Metroplex Technology Business Council’s (MTBC) 1st Friday
Management Luncheon, which took place from 11:30am-1:15pm on Friday,
April 11 and was entitled Opportunities for US-Israel Business Partnerships,
featured a panel discussion with Dr. Orna Berry, Chairperson of the Israel
Venture Association and Venture Partner, Gemini Israel Funds, Dr. Eitan
Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, and Yoram
Solomon, Senior Director, Technology Strategy & Industry Relations, CTO
Office, Wireless Terminals Business Unit, Texas Instruments. The three
speakers provided strong insight on how to successfully develop business
relationships with Israeli companies.

We would like to thank the Metroplex Technology Business Council and
the event sponsor Haynes and Boone (www.haynesboone) for organizing
this event and supporting the mission of the Texas-Israel Chamber of

* with support from the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce

      Upcomiing Eventts iin Israell
       Upcom ng Even s n Israe

May 19-20, 2008
Tel Aviv, Israel

This year’s discussions of the IVA's 2008 Hi -Tech Conference will focus on
the topic "The Golden Age of Israeli Entrepreneurs". The conference will
take a comprehensive approach to looking at the issues of Israel and the
World - Increasing Global Competitiveness, Connecting Israel's cutting-
edge industries with global trends: focus on Future of Israeli tech
industries, Reaching the Golden Age: Full Maturation of the Industry,
Showcasing the Funds - Entrepreneur Relationship, From Innovation to
Commercialization:     Life     starts  at   60    (million)  and     more.

This year's conference will also have a new format. It will be structured
around an exhibit of case studies on specific examples representing these
topics. The case studies will be chosen and designed to showcase the
experience of companies and funds, bringing entrepreneurs, companies
and the investors together to tell the story of investing in Israel. We hope
that this fresh design will convey to the participants the realities of the
Israeli investment market in a close up and personal way, and help us map
the successes we have had up to this point, to leverage them for the future.

The IVA conference provides excellent exposure and networking
opportunities, bringing together top investors from Israel and abroad.

May 27-29, 2008
Tel Aviv, Israel

ILSI-Biomed is Israel’s premier showcase for its cutting edge bio-pharma
and medical device technologies. This year’s event will also feature “The
Second International Stem Cell Meeting: The Potency of Stem Cells” to be
held from May 27-29, 2008 in Tel-Aviv. Over 2400 scientists, engineers and
managers attended last year’s conference, with over 600 participants from

June 29-30, 2008
Tel Aviv, Israel

The Silicom Ventures summit will feature keynote speeches, seminars and
in-depth panel discussions over a 2-day program. Industry experts will
share a wealth of knowledge and exchange insights on the changing

climate for funding startups in various industries. A third day is planned
for the summit's guests.

     Busiiness Opporttuniittiies ffrom Israell
      Bus ness Oppor un es rom Israe

For more information on the following business opportunities from Israel,
please contact Russell Levine at or 214-576-9639.

1. ELKAT Security Engineering ( is a leading integrator,
   manufacturer and distributor of sophisticated electronic equipment for
   the security field. The company also offers protection solutions for
   organizations and individuals. ELKAT has the ability to provide the
   following emergency and security solutions: threat assessment and gap
   analysis; plans and procedures; crisis management; emergency
   operations centers; security planning and design; training and exercises;
   VIP protection courses and training. The company’s products include:
   monitoring systems; jammers; encryption; facility and personal
   protection; voice lie detector; detectors and deactivators; spy phones; PC
   special devices; audio equipment; video equipment & cameras.

2. Minrav Engineering & Building Ltd. ( offers
   movable scaffolding systems. Minrav is currently building two of the
   largest railway bridges ever built in Israel (2 km each) by the use of two
   Movable Scaffolding Systems (MSS). Minrav is willing to sell the MSS
   Systems as soon as it finishes the above mentioned railway project.

3. d&a ( is a leading Israeli hi-tech information company
   providing innovative platforms that visually communicate industries
   and business environments. d&a specializes in analyzing, structuring
   and mapping industries, providing visual insights into any business
   ecosystem using their unique visualization tool. d&a's flagship product,
   dainfo Visual Insights platform, is a powerful online platform, enabling
   users to navigate, locate and position companies in their specific
   business environment. The application is based on d&a's thorough
   analysis, and unique classification methodology. d&a has worked
   closely with global organizations in the public sector, mapping entire
   eco-systems. These platforms provide all encompassing solutions,
   allowing chambers and other organizations to promote their

       organization's goals and targets while enhancing the collaboration
       between the organization and its desired industries, as well as
       communication between the members.

    4. SIT Ltd. ( is a privately owned company based in Tel
       Aviv, Israel, with offices in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, and
       affiliates in Southeast Asia, and Latin America. SIT offers
       Organizational Innovation Programs that help companies develop a
       culture and practice of creativity. These programs teach new skills that
       help companies overcome the internal and external barriers to
       innovation. SIT’s global clients include industry leaders such as: Bayer,
       BP, Comverse, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Intel, J&J, Kraft Foods,
       Nestle, Philips CE, P&G, Rubbermaid, Siemens and many others.

    5. Orna Shuman Projects in Marketing ( offers
       export knowledge in organizing conferences and events in Europe and
       the States. Companies from abroad that wish to integrate into the Israeli
       market may utilize Orna Shuman’s Projects in Marketing extensive
       knowledge. The company has over 23 years of experience and offers a
       variey of services, including: marketing, advertising, and sales
       promotion services; branding; producing special events, conferences,
       and seminars; designing, copywriting, and production of all marketing
       materials; direct mailings; designing, implementing and producing
       stands, and sales promotion.

         Busiiness Opporttuniittiies ffrom Texas
          Bus ness Oppor un es rom Texas

    For more information on the following business opportunities from Texas,
    please contact Russell Levine at or 214-576-9639.

    1. Euler Hermes ACI ( is a (AA) rated credit
       insurance company that covers payment default of slow pay,
       bankruptcy, preference and political risk. We are an operating division
       under Allianz. We also are willing to insure inventory at 100% of cost
       plus labor where payment default occurs. Euler Hermes ACI insures
       trade receivables and inventory worldwide and have offices in 49
       different countries. We have been in business since 1893 and are the
       world's largest credit insurance company.

2. Front End Guru ( is a consulting company that
   helps you grow the front end of your business by identifying and
   removing barriers to improving sales performance. We will help you
   find, win and retain customers at higher margins and lower costs and
   work with your best interests always in mind to remove any activity
   that does not create sales value for your company and its customers.
   Value-added results delivered by FrontEndGuru include: decreased cost
   of sales, better lead generation, more robust sales pipeline, higher close
   ratios, shorter sales cycles and increased ROI in sales.
3. Alan Weinkrantz And Company (, founded in
   1982, is a full-service strategic public relations firm serving technology-
   based companies in North America and Israel. The agency has a strong
   track record of helping companies generate visibility, industry
   recognition and deal flow.
4. The Arcus Group ( is a boutique retained search
   firm focused on the recruitment of executive level management in the
   United States and internationally. Our clients range from venture
   backed portfolio companies (US, European and Australian based
   venture firms) to public sector companies. Searches have been
   completed in the following sectors: New Media and Interactive, Green
   tech and Renewable Energy, Defense, Communications and
   Networking,        Semiconductors,      Components        and    Hardware,
   Infrastructure Software and Services.

     Acknowlledgementts
      Acknow edgemen s

Hunton & Williams Serves the Chamber as Pro Bono Counsel

As pro bono counsel to the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Hunton &
Williams LLP is proud to offer its services and experience. For the last ten
months, attorneys at Hunton & Williams have dedicated over 50 hours to
advise the Chamber on numerous matters, including amending and
restating the Chamber’s Bylaws. One of our most important projects have
been the formation of the Israel-Texas Science and Education Foundation,
Inc., a new 501(c)(3) entity devoted to providing a forum for the exchange of
information and ideas concerning Israel and the southwestern region of the
United States. Hunton & Williams’ efforts on behalf of the Chamber and

the Education Foundation have been led by Mark Wigder, a Director of the

Hunton & Williams is consistently listed among the most highly ranked
law firms by The National Law Journal, Thomson Financial, Chambers,
BTI Consulting and others, and has achieved a national reputation as a pro
bono leader among large law firms.

At Hunton & Williams, LLP, we provide our clients with experience, advice
and diverse array of legal services in virtually every discipline of the law.
Our client base spans 100 counties and ranges from entrepreneurs to
Fortune 100 corporations to global biotech innovators. With more than
1,000 lawyers in the United States, Europe and Asia, and extensive
experience in Africa and South America, we can respond knowledgeably,
effectively and quickly, whether the issue is in the Dallas or in Tel Aviv.

For     more  information   about   Hunton &   Williams, visit   You may also contact Mark Wigder at or 214-468-3397.


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