Press Release
April 30, 2018

Women in AgriTech Group to Launch During Israel’s AgriTech Week

The new group is a collaboration between Holland & Knight, Volcani International and Start-Up Nation Central
Holland & Knight

TEL AVIV and MIAMI (April 30, 2018) – Holland & Knight is proud to announce its partnership with Volcani International, the non-profit arm of Israel's prestigious Volcani Institute, and Start-Up Nation Central to launch an international Women in AgriTech group. Volcani International works to increase the impact of the Volcani Institute and leverage Israeli agricultural expertise and technology worldwide. Start-Up Nation Central is an organization dedicated to the Israeli innovation ecosystem.

The Women in AgriTech group was created to provide a networking opportunity for women in the agritech field and empower them to advance professionally. The initiative is co-led by Holland & Knight Partner Meital Stavinsky, who has advised innovative Israeli businesses that seek to enter the U.S. market or expand their operations in the U.S. for more than 15 years.

"Women were at the forefront of agriculture and food innovation decades ago when Israel was first established, but somehow their roles in leadership have diminished over time," said Ms. Stavinsky. "The current situation reflects the same gender imbalance found globally. However, we can help change this by empowering more women to succeed in this important and rapidly growing industry."

Women in AgriTech will hold its first meeting on May 8 during the AgriTech Israel 2018 Conference, which runs from May 8-10. The meeting will be an intimate gathering of female scientists, business people and those from the NGO/public sector. The topics of the first meeting will be:

  • How can women be encouraged to join the field of AgriTech?
  • How can female leadership in the field be advanced?

"Great efforts are being made across the tech space to build an equal opportunity ecosystem, and we cannot allow for AgriTech to be an exception. We hope that this group will promote the role of women in AgriTech by raising the visibility of women in the field and equipping them with the tools to find professional success," said Danielle Abraham, executive director of Volcani International.

To learn how to become involved, contact Nina Zivy, project manager at Volcani International at

Holland & Knight's Israel Team is led by Ms. Stavinsky and former U.S. congressman Ron Klein. The team regularly advises Israeli clients operating in the United States, as well as companies and investors doing business in Israel, on a wide range of legal issues. Members of the team have a deep understanding of the Israeli marketplace and assist clients in identifying and maximizing investor and market opportunities.

About Volcani International: Volcani International is a non-profit dedicated to increasing the impact of Israel's leading agricultural R&D innovation center – the Volcani Institute. Our primary focus is growing and strengthening the relationship between the global community and Israel's groundbreaking work in agricultural innovation. We do so by creating opportunities for active engagement, collaboration and philanthropy, as well as by fostering relationships with government, private sector and academic institutions around the world.

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