The Kauffman Fellows Israel VC Summit is a one week experience starting on Sunday April 22nd, 2018 and wrapping up on Friday April 27th, 2018. Don’t forget about post-summit activities like the Dance for Life at the conclusion of the week.

This agenda is subject to change.

April 22, 2018

Welcome! Debriefs with your class kick off the afternoon in Tel Aviv. Make sure to join us for a fun activity in the afternoon followed by our welcome dinner with a surprise guest.

  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm: Class Debriefs
    • Locations: Gordo
    • Attire: Casual
  • 2:30 – 5:00 pm: Beach and Wine Tasting
    • Location: Gordo
    • Attire: Casual
  • 6:00 pm: Bus travel from Hilton to Welcome Reception & Dinner at The Lawrence
  • 6:30 – 9:30 pm: Welcome Reception & Dinner

April 23, 2018

This day features globally renowned speakers and multiple breakout tracks that take deep dives into tech. We’ll also discuss what makes Israel special in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Attire, All Day: Casual

All Monday events take place at the Hilton Tel Aviv

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am – 3:30 pm: Business Meeting Sessions
  • 9:00 am: Summit Opening Session
    • Location: Hilton Ballroom B
      • 9:00 am: Opening Remarks – Jeff Harbach, Yoel Cheshin
      • 9:10 am: Ecosystem Talk – Wendy Singer
      • 9:40 am:  No Room for Small Dreams – Chemi Peres
      • 10:00 am: From Special Forces to the Board Room – Inbal Arieli
      • 10:20 am: The Israeli Venture Capital Market – Alan Feld
      • 10:40 am: Why Israel? – Barak Regev
      • 11:00 am: Mosaic Called Israel – David Horovitz
      • 11:20 am: MEET – Driving Social Change Through Technology Education – Gigi Levy
      • 11:40 am: Capital Formation to Fuel Economic Growth – Victor Hwang
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
    • Location: Hilton Ballroom Terrace
  • 1:15 – 3:30 pm: Summit Breakouts
    • 1:15 – 1:55 pm:
      • Track 1: Israel as a Cyber Superpower – Yuval Shachar
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom A
      • Track 2: Going Against the Grain – Prof. Oded Shoseyov, Nadav Berger
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom B
    • 2:00 – 2:45 pm:
      • Track 1: Blockchain – Eden Shochat, Amos Meiri
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom A
      • Track 2: Digital Health – Michal Geva, Dr. Peter Fitzgerald
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom B
    • 2:50 – 3:30 pm:
      • Track 1: Space – Opher Doron, Dr. Raz Itzhaki-Tamir, Arie Halsband
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom A
      • Track 2: Inclusion and Diversity – Yoel Cheshin
        • Location: Hilton Ballroom B
  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm: Innovation Showcase – Explore some of Israel’s leading start-ups and learn about their technology first-hand.
    • Location: Hilton Ballroom C
      • Agritech
        • Ofir Schlam – Taranis
        • Anat Assa – Cropx
        • Eylon Sorek – skyx solutions
      • Digital Helath
        • Gabi Mizrachi – Scade Medical
        • Haim Bachar, Ofer Limon – 6over6
        • Sara Smolley, Danny Weissberg – Voiceitt
      • Industry
        • Adam Tabor – KitovSystems
        • Aviel First – Precognize
        • Noga Barpal – vayyar
      • Cyber
        • Amitai Ratzon, Ran Tamir – Pcysys
        • Avi Kasztan – cybersixgill
        • Mark Freeman – SecuredTouch
  • 5:00 pm: Kauffman Fellows Closing Session – Jeff Harbach
    • Location: Hilton Ballroom B
  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Hour
    • Location: Hilton Ocean Terrace

April 24, 2018

Take advantage of the different locations on Rothschild Boulevard as we transform it into a tech open house, enabling you to visit places like the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and Impact Lab for tours and discussions. Then, enjoy lunch with the locals in the heart of Tel Aviv, followed by curated tours of the city. Top the night off with a dinner hosted by the family of one of our own.

Attire, All Day: Casual

  • 8:15 am: Bus travel from Hilton to Rothschild Boulevard
    • Location: Hilton Tel Aviv Lobby
  • 9:00 am: Innovation Crawl on Rothschild Boulevard
    • Location: Tel Aviv Stock Exchange – Ahuzat Bayit 2 St.
    • When Tech Meets Tel Aviv – A Rolling Tour of the Innovation Ecosystem:
      Tel Aviv is one of the world’s leading start-up ecosystems – a daily hive of innovation activity, supporting high-tech companies, venture capital investment houses, hubs, accelerators, and MNCs. A vibrant, dynamic, and bustling city, Tel Aviv is at the forefront of the Israeli technological innovation scene, and Start-Up Nation Central is delighted to provide you with a glimpse into this unique phenomenon. We will be taking you on a expedition across the heart of the city, showcasing the best that the innovation ecosystem has to offer, against a backdrop of the unique atmosphere that exemplifies the remarkable Tel Aviv ambiance.

      Fintech Makes the World Go Round
      The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is the nucleus for all things both Israeli and financial. In this auspicious location, we present an introduction to the world of financial technology, with demonstrations of how Israeli innovation plays a significant part in the field of finance, given by leading Fintech start-up players.

      Changing the World by Doing Good
      Alongside the business opportunities created by the innovative Israeli technological community are a number of groups whose aim is to use technology to benefit others, on a not-for-profit basis. Hosted by 2B Community, a subsidiary of the 2B Angel Venture Fund, and a social venture fund which invests in financially sustainable projects that promote social causes, this session presents a wide range of activities that all aim to promote and create a better world.

      Meeting the People Who Take it to the Next Level
      Come and explore the Israeli investment landscape, by taking part in an open discussion, including expert testimony by hand-selected Israeli investors. Packed full of essential and exclusive information, the session focuses on the field’s trends, opportunities and challenges, and is your opportunity to hear the local points of view, as well as contributing your own. Note: this session requires that you to register in advance.

      The Art of Food Technology, Israeli Style
      Food is to Israel what alcohol is to the rest of the world. The drive behind Israeli Foodtech companies is based on a desire to advance a healthier and more sustainable global approach to food production and consumption. Showcasing the full range of Foodtech innovation, from reducing obesity to eliminating hunger, this session gives insights into some of the most innovative Israeli solutions to one of today’s biggest worldwide challenges. Eat, drink, be merry and learn at – where else? – one of Tel Aviv’s most notable gastropubs, Aria.

  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Group Lunch with Local VCs
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
    • Fellows have the option of free time, curated tours through Israel Seminar, or spending time with entrepreneurs and VCs
    • Location: Beit Hasmachot
  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session with Ecosystem Guests and Entrepreneurs
  • 6:00 pm: Bus travel to dinner from Hilton
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm: Group dinner at Shaked Family Home
  • 10:00 pm: Bus travel back to Hilton

April 25, 2018

Make sure to have your bags packed as we travel to Jerusalem in the morning. After we arrive, enjoy lunch and conversation on the amazing Mamilla Rooftop overlooking the old city and famous market. We’ll then have an introduction to Jerusalem with the city’s leaders, and end the evening at the Shuk-Tech at the Machane Yehuda Market in the heart of Jerusalem. Shuk-Tech is where Jerusalem’s foodies meet the tech crowd to turn a traditional marketplace into a tech hub.

Attire, All Day: Casual

  • 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 am: Bus travel from Hilton to Jerusalem
  • 12:00 pm: First come, first serve for this limited seating event featuring a talk with Israel’s Minister of Education, Naftali Bennet. Lunch will be served afterwards.
  • 1:30 – 4:45 pm: Empathy Tech Tour – Download a detailed agenda here!
    • Location: Tower of David
    • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: 3000 Years of Innovation – Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem
    • 2:30 – 3:10 pm: How Artificial Vision Can Empower Billions of Lives – Ziv Aviram, Prof. Eugene Kandel
    • 3:10 – 3:20 pm: Diversity as an Engine of Innovation – Elie Wurtman
    • 3:20 – 3:40 pm: Tour at the Tower of David – Eliat Liber, Rose Ginosar
    • 3:50 – 4:20 pm: Breakouts
      • Rethinking Pharmaceutical – Dr. Yuval Tabach, Dr. Ora Dar, Prof. Tamar Yablonski Peretz
      • Assistive Technology – Danna Hochstain Mann, Dr. Yoni Wexler, Miri Berger
    • 4:20 – 4:30 pm: Break
    • 4:30 – 5:00 pm: Breakouts
      •  A Fresh Look at Bioengineering – Prof. Koby Nahmias, Prof. Chaim Lotan
      • Sustainability Tech – Dr. Astorre Modena, Chaim Motzen, Glen Schwaber, Saul Singer
  • 8:00 pm: Bus travel to Machane Yehuda Market
  • 8:15 – 11:00 pm: Shuk-Tech at Machane Yehuda – Download a detailed agenda here!
    • AI/Big Data
      • 8:15 pm: Big Data Artificial Intelligence and Natural Stupidity – Romi Mikulinsky
      • 8:40 pm: Big Data and Big Ships: Using Data to Connect Global Supply Chains – Eytan Buchman
      • 9:05 pm: Do You Know What You’re Drinking? – Max Finder
    • Tech Meets Design
      • 8:15 pm: 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution – Prof. Shlomo Magdassi
      • 8:40 Democratization of Design Tools in the Mobile Era – Daniel Berkovitz, Judah Guttmann
      • 9:05 pm: How We DIY-ed Our Way to 2.5B Views – Moe Mornik
    • Innovative Investment Models
      • 8:15 pm: A Way for VCs and Start-Ups to Work with Corporates – Yonatan Machado
      • 8:40 pm: Why We’re Betting on Students and University Faculty Members – Zaki Djamal
      • 9:05 pm: Disrupting the VC Industry – Laly David
    • BioTech
      • 8:15 pm: Brain Repair via Brain Simulations: The Blue Brain Project – Prof. Idan Segev
      • 8:40 Can AI Help Get Neurological Disorder Patients Out of their Wheelchairs? – Yotam Drechsler
      • 9:05 pm: Biomimetics – Creating Man-Made Spider-Silk Fibers – Shlomzion Shen
    • 9:30- 11:00 pm: Live Music, DJ, Video art, Street performance, etc.

April 26, 2018

We’ll get to know the city today as you take personalized tours of Jerusalem. In the evening, we’ll have a closing cocktail reception and dinner.

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Pre-Selected Jerusalem Tours or At Leisure (book tours through Israel Seminar)
    • Attire: Casual
  • 6:00 pm: Bus Travel to Closing Cocktail Reception and Dinner
    • Attire: Resort Casual (Men: Nice jeans, slacks or shorts. Women: Casual dresses, skirts, nice pants or shorts)
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm: Closing Cocktail Reception and Dinner
    • Location: Olmaya
    • Attire: Resort Casual (Men: Nice jeans, slacks or shorts. Women: Casual dresses, skirts, nice pants or shorts)

April 27, 2018

Let us be your tour guides to show you all the places to go – Ramallah, Rawabi, Be’er Sheva, or Masada and the Dead Sea. The day is yours – just let us know if we can assist! At night, don’t miss the Dance for Life, an evening filled with energy and live music.

Attire: Casual – All Day

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Day at Leisure/Optional Tours
  • 2:00 pm: Bus transportation to Dance for Life
  • 2:30 pm: Dance for Life
    • This event lasts through the night until the next day! It will feature live performances, workshops, and more. Be sure to scroll down to watch the video and register for this event!
    • Attire: Casual

Dance for Life Festival – Post Summit Event Friday, April 27, 2018

If you’re interested in attending, please book your flights back no early than Saturday night, April 28, 2018.

The planned party, Dance For life Festival, will start on Friday night and continue until Saturday morning. To RSVP, please click here to complete the form.

The party will have a special atmosphere, and will take place in the dessert combining great people from the Israeli Hi-tech industry, startups and VC`s, as well as:

  • Live performances by the best Israeli artists on the central stage
  • Guest appearances by the world’s finest DJ’s – from Israel and abroad
  • Workshops for personal empowerment and alternative treatments
  • Unique experience for festival participants at the entrance: the Butterfly complex
  • Camping area & relaxation area
  • Delicious food
  • Click here for a video of the Dance for Life Festival

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