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Jersey City hosts forum for Israeli startups

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The event saw presentations from eight different Israeli startups now operating in the New York and North Jersey area.
The event saw presentations from eight different Israeli startups now operating in the New York and North Jersey area. - ()

Israeli startups took to the chambers of city hall in Jersey City on Monday to showcase what they are already doing or plan to do in the New York and North Jersey markets.

Mayor Steven Fulop’s office hosted the event in conjunction with Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York.

Fulop said that by investing in technology, Israel has become a hotbed for innovation and now offers more scientists and engineers per capita than anywhere else in the world. With Jersey City now aggressively looking to attract new companies and investments, Fulop said that the connection between the two makes sense.

“If you look at the relationship between New Jersey and Israel, there’s about $740 million in trade that happens every single year,” Fulop said. “It’s something to highlight and something to expand upon.”

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And while most of the eight startups that presented their products Monday talked about entering the New York market, Fulop said that having the event in Jersey City was particularly important in spreading the word about what the other side of the Hudson River has to offer.

“I think there’s a big opportunity for Jersey City and New Jersey,” Fulop said. “We’re in the shadow of New York City but it doesn’t mean we need to be second to New York City.”

And while Aharoni’s office may be based in New York, he said he takes the job of serving the entire tri-state area “very seriously.”

“My job is not only to focus on Manhattan, but to bring Israel’s message and Israel’s story and Israel’s technology and Israel’s relevance to other parts of the tri-state area,” Aharoni said. “Of course, New Jersey is a big part of what we do.”

Among the presenters Monday were representatives from LoyalBlocks, Pango, Gett, Farmigo, CUPS, Cellolo, SPREO and AppCard.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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