Raimondo inks business collaboration agreement with Israeli university

BEN-GURION University of the Negev President Daniel Chamovitz and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sign a memorandum of understanding in Beer-Sheva, Israel, on Tuesday. / COURTESY A.L. COMMUNICATIONS
BEN-GURION University of the Negev President Daniel Chamovitz and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sign a memorandum of understanding in Beer-Sheva, Israel, on Tuesday. / COURTESY A.L. COMMUNICATIONS

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo opened potential channels for international business collaboration this week by signing a memorandum of understanding with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

The signing took place Tuesday during Raimondo’s weeklong stay in Israel, where she led a group of Democratic governors for what her office called an economic-development mission.

During the trip, Raimondo and her delegation met with officials, policy experts and entrepreneurs in an effort to build new ties with Israel’s business community.

The memorandum calls for the creation of working partnerships by “encouraging a strong collaboration and cogeneration of business startups, valuable high-tech internships and job opportunities with Rhode Island’s leading public and private universities,” a release from the university reads.

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The agreement is also meant to spark relationships between Providence’s newly established startup incubator, riHub, and Ben-Gurion University’s Advanced Technologies Park, a multi-partner organization that creates job opportunities for the university’s students and graduates.

“We are pleased to be entering a partnership with our valued colleagues at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,” Raimondo said in a statement. “This partnership will provide access to international expertise and global resources, and it will forge collaborations well into the future.”

Doug Seserman, CEO of American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, said a relationship between the university and Rhode Island is likely to foster the growth of startups in the United States.

“We look forward to the ongoing development of this project and a long-term relationship for our students and startups with the state of Rhode Island,” he said.

Raimondo is expected to return to Rhode Island Friday.

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