Trade Delegations

The MIBA plans and executes trade delegations to and from Israel to connect business and government leaders and create collaboration opportunities.

Since 2018, the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA) has hosted annual Delegations that bring Michiganders to Israel and Israelis to Michigan. Each Delegation revolves around an industry sector that aligns with the shared strengths of the Michigan and Israeli ecosystems.

The MIBA plans the entire itinerary –from logistics and accommodations to business meetings– that is guided by a highly qualified team at each location.  The Delegation itinerary revolves around bringing Delegates to industry conference events and meetings with leading companies within each industry in order to facilitate connections between Delegates and local businesses.  Equally important, the MIBA places emphasis on connecting Delegates with the culture, history, and geopolitics of the country they are visiting as it relates to the industry’s innovation ecosystem.  As such, each Delegation itinerary also includes touring cultural centers, meeting local leaders, and enjoying local cuisine.  

The MIBA’s Delegations repeatedly earn high marks from participants in the areas of: logistics, accommodations, support, itinerary efficiency, education, and business.  We invite you to reach out to learn more about our upcoming Delegations.


2022 Mobility Delegation to Israel

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be invited to be a part of the 2022 Michigan Israel Business Accelerator Delegation. The investment of time has already paid off with new and enhanced business partnerships, the innovative hub of Israel small start up companies for future growth, a support system that includes finance and lifelong friends. My understanding of Israel, from a cultural and business (start-up nation) perspective was minimal, and now I have not only a great understanding, but I am encouraged to invest in the Michigan/Israel partnership. Thank you to the Michigan Department of Transportation Director for the consideration and for keeping a strong focus on diversity and innovation.

Amy Trahey, Great Lakes Engineering Group

The blend of business, culture, and history make MIBA’s trade mission a valuable investment of time and resources. Israel is one of the most dynamic economies in the world, which means you can’t leave without gaining new inspiration.

Trevor Pawl, State of Michigan

The MIBA mobility delegation was incredible. It was a significant investment but the value provided in business contacts, thought leadership, and cultural experiences were well worth it. The MIBA team delivered an amazing experience!

Eric Morris, HNTB Corporation

2022 Defense Delegation to Israel

This was both personally and professionally a wonderful experience! The meetings and cultural tours were so well organized, I'm not sure I could have ever done this on my own. We were able to showcase some of our outstanding Oakland County companies and foster relationships that will be a cornerstone of our Israel strategy going forward.  

Michael Abdallah, Oakland County Economic Development Agency

I highly recommend joining a future MIBA trade delegation to companies and organizations interested in expanding ties to Israel. For the defense industry in particular, there is tremendous opportunity to collaborate with Israeli firms and identify partnerships that create wins for both sides. MIBA paid great attention to detail when organizing and executing the trade defense mission to Israel, creating valuable experiences and opening the doors to new business opportunities for participants. 

Alyssa Tracey, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The details of the trip were flawlessly planned. The transportation and logistics were unmatched with any other business trip I have experienced. The networking opportunities were truly once in a lifetime and the experiences are something I will cherish forever.

Emma Smith, Globe Tech, LLC

2020 Cybertech Delegation

Having traveled throughout the world in many varied business and personal contexts; I can say that this delegation experience, the insight and the connections made, and most of all the exceptional people it brought together was far and away one of the most powerful international experiences I've had.  There was more value packed into this one week than I could ever have imagined.  I recommend it highly to any Michigan organization seeking to create ties with Israeli business and more so anyone looking for incredible inspiration and innovation in their business and personal lives.

Keith Glendon, LucidCoast

The MIBA Cyber Security delegation trip to Israel was amazing! Meeting with leaders focused on cyber, non-profit, and entrepreneurship was insightful and inspiring. Israel's Cybersecurity companies are leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies and talent. Staying connected and in-tune with the technology coming out of Israel ensures advancements in cyber security efforts in the U.S. ecosystem.

Ligia Forgaciu, Data Security Consulting

2020 Industry 4.0 Delegation to Israel

This trip was hands down, professionally and personally, paradigm-shifting. It was one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. I am still processing through all the opportunities and moments I had.

Justine Burdette, The Right Place