Based in the Galilee in the north of Israel, The Trendlines Group fosters start-ups involved in medical technology and agritech. The group works primarily through a set of business incubators licensed by the Israeli government. But CEO Todd Dollinger says Trendlines also regularly seeks out private sector support.
"Many of our companies seek to raise money from angel investors when they do their first and second financing rounds, and that’s a really important part of our visit to Houston."
Trendlines is bringing thirteen of its best companies to meet with potential investors in a "speed-date" format. Dollinger says the group will also use the meeting to talk about the Israeli public-policy model for supporting the growth of start-up companies. There are 4,000 active start-ups in Israel, more than in any country other than the United States.
Houston is the second stop on a five-city U.S. tour that also includes Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York.