Two RIIC events held December 3rd at Innovate Newport and December 4th in the Nelson Center, Provide


The first BIRD workshop held Tuesday, December 3rd at the Innovate Newport began with opening remarks given by Tuni Schartner, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Innovate Newport and Kate Grotteberg, Events, Development & Program Director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce who gave background on the Innovation Center and Avi Nevel, President & CEO of the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) moderated the event and shared how the RIIC focuses on building relationships between Rhode Island companies, research and academia and their counterparts in Israel and spoke about the activities and achievements of the RIIC and talked about the recent visit by Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor to Israel and the agreement signed by Ben Gurion University as a continuation of the growing relationship between Rhode Island and Israel business, research and academia.

(Both events) Guest Speaker, Sara Smolley, (2nd from left) Co-Founder and VP of Strategy of Voiceitt ,(Technologies of Voice Interface, Ltd), a pioneer in development speech recognition technologies for people with speech disabilities and a recipient of a joint BIRD grant collaborating with a U.S. company in New York . (See link) Sara spoke about her experience in obtaining the BIRD Foundation grant and the positive impact it has had on their company.