Next Gen of Australian Entrepreneurs Take Tips from Israeli Startup Pioneers

November 9, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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The annual Israel-Australia Investment summit, The BRIDGE, kicked off yesterday at Telstra’s Customer Insight Centre connecting key players from the Israeli startup ecosystem with local startups and VCs.


Ayala Domani, Telstra; Nagraj Kashyap, Microsoft; Tzipi Avioz, AMP; Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed; Hadas Kroitoru, Israel Innovation Authority

The program, which continues today, aims to foster stronger ties between the Australian and Israeli startup ecosystems, with an impressive Israeli delegation including 13 startups, 14 VC funds, accelerators and government officials.

High profile speakers include one of Israel’s most prominent entrepreneurs and investors, Dov Moran, most notably known as the creator of the USB key; Professor Amnon Shashua, founder of Mobileye, Israel’s biggest ever IPO listing; and Hillel Milo, pioneer of the venture capital industry in Israel.

The key sectors covered during the Summit include:

· Fin-tech & Cyber security
· Industry 4.0
· Ag & Food tech
· AR & VR
· Tech4Good
· Impact Investment
· Data analytics & Customer engagement
· Best Practice advice for investors & startups

Trade Commissioner for Australia and New Zealand, Ethy Levy said: “The summit showcases the ideas and talent behind a diverse range of successful Israeli pioneers and startups. The speakers take to the stage sharing the ingredients to their success to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, connecting disruptive startups, leading investors and major corporates.”

Last year’s event attracted over 350 attendees, sparking hundreds of connections and generating multi-million dollars’ worth of deals. Day two of the summit promises continued high-level networking, live-demos, and a real-time elevator pitch competition pitting Australian and Israeli startups against one another.

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