Australia's Learning from Israel's Innovation Success -Trade Mission to Israel

03 November 2017 9:00 am - 10 November 2017 5:00 pm

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Australia's Learning from Israel's Innovation Success -Trade Mission to Israel

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"Australia's Learning from Israel's Innovation Success -Trade Mission to Israel led by Senator James McGrath"

Friday 3rd - Friday 10th November 2017


Israel is ranked world's 1st for innovative capacity and for entrepreneurship. It boasts one of the most highly educated, entrepreneurial, and multi-cultural workforces. Israel's creative, skilled, and ambitious workforce is one of the reasons leading executives turn to Israel to do business.

Israel’s unique business ecosystem has resulted in a worldwide reputation for investment from Venture Capitals, High Nett Worth Individuals and Multi-National Companies.

“Israel has a population of some 8 Million people, but currently has over US$60 billion in venture capital available. This is more than is available to the 350 million people of Europe”

Why Israel?

  • Per capita, Israel has the largest number of start-up companies in the world
  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds behind the U.S.
  • Israel has more NASDAQ-listed companies than any other country, besides the U.S. and China
  • Israel has the world's 3rd highest rate of entrepreneurship -the highest rate among women and among people over 55
  • Israel's scientific research institutions are ranked 3rd in the world

Since 1989, the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce has been facilitating annual trade delegations to and from Israel to help encourage trade, and foster closer business relationships between Australia and Israel.

Commercial outcomes derived from these missions extend beyond the bilateral trade statistics as they include joint ventures, technology transfer agreements, academic exchanges, partnership arrangements in third markets, cooperation agreements between Australian and Israeli business associations and an increase in trade.

Encouraging diverse representation from political leaders, public sector decision makers, academia, and broad private sector interests assist such outcomes.


Mission Leaders
The Mission Delegation Leaders
Mission leader - The Hon. Senator James McGrath

Senator James McGrathJames grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where his family had been growing sugar cane for many generations around Bli Bli and Yandina.

After finishing school, James completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws at Griffith University and went on to complete a Master of Laws at Queensland University of Technology.

In 1996 he started work as a Solicitor in Brisbane, before taking on the role as Investigating Officer for the Queensland Parliamentary Ombudsman.

In 2001 James took a new path, and started work as a Ministerial Advisor for the South Australian Government. With politics in his blood, James found his niche and never looked back.

Since then, James has worked on political campaigns around Australia and overseas. He was instrumental in the campaign to elect Boris Johnson the Mayor of London and he was the National Presidential Campaign Director for the Maldivian Democratic Party in 2008.

In 2010 James returned to Queensland as the State Campaign Director for the Liberal National Party (LNP). In 2012, the Queensland LNP won the state election in a landslide.

In 2013 James put himself forward as a candidate for the Australian Senate. In September of that year he was elected as a Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland. He took up the position in July 2014 and has based his office in Nambour, on the Sunshine Coast.

In 2015 Senator McGrath was appointed the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister in the Turnbull Ministry. He also briefly served as the Assistant Minister to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

When he is not in Canberra or traveling around Queensland, James spends as much time as possible at his home in Flaxton on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.




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