Past Events

Democratizing Video Storytelling

Speaker: Dror Ginzberg, Wochit Co-Founder & CEO

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Tapping into Accents

 Speaker: Judith Weinman, Accent on Speech


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A $70B revolution – the future of TV advertising

Zvika Netter, CEO and Co-Founder, Innovid

Zvika is considered one of the leading innovators in interactive video ads, envisioning the future of TV. He was selected by Time Magazine as a “Tech Pioneer Who Will Change your Life” and in 2010, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Zvika co-founded Innovid in 2007, which allowed him to turn his vision into a reality. Innovid is now the leading global video platform for digital marketers to create, deliver, and measure immersive video ads.

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Impact Investing and Sustainable Social Businesses in Israel


Speaker: Benny Levin, Serial High Tech Entrepreneur and  IVN Vice Chairman and Co-Founder


About the speaker:

Benny co-founded NICE Systems a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions for business interaction management, where he served as NICE’s President and Director from its inception and as Chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2001. Under Benny’s leadership the company achieved impressive growth and raised significant funds, both on NASDAQ and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). From 2004 to 2012 Benny served as Chairman of the Board of dbMotion, enabling healthcare organizations to seamlessly connect and coordinate healthcare.

Since retiring from most of his business activities, Benny dedicates himself to a wide array of social and philanthropic activities. In addition to serving as IVN’s Vice Chairman, Benny serves as Active Chairman of the Board of the Ben Yakir youth village, assisting youth at risk mostly from the Ethiopian community and is involved in a variety of other philanthropic activities as a member of the Israeli Board of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and the board of Hakol Hinuch. Additionally, Benny is the Founder of JDOCU, a group of philanthropists and photographers that use the camera as a tool to document activities of Tikkun Olam (‘Repair the World’) in partnership with the JDC.

Benny Levin served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Intelligence Corps and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1978 during his army service he was awarded the Chief of Intelligence Decoration for Creative Thinking. Benny has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.

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Who governs Israel? The public or special interest groups.

Guy Rolnik, Founder of TheMarker, financial newspaper, who led major reforms in the Israeli economy in the last decade will analyze with the audience the numbers and the political economy process behind Israel’s special interest groups. We will together try to understand why Israel is not exploiting it’s potential, why startup nation is only for 10% of the labor market and why the current path is unsustainable if we want to retain top talent in Israel.


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Fostering Economic Growth In Israel

Amit Lang, Director General, Israeli Ministry of Economy

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Joint Event with NIF: Hacking for Better Israel

Intimate Briefing with Boaz Chen, General Director,

DemOS Project, The Public Knowledge Workshop

The Public Knowledge Workshop increases public participation in Israel by transforming government data into public knowledge. The Workshop provides open and accessible analysis of governmental information, working with Knesset members to increase transparency and with hi-tech entrepreneurs to incubate the industry's projects working to achieve this goal.

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The Fuel Choices Initiative and Start Up Nation 2.0

Eyal Rosner Chairman and Director of Administration, The Fuel Choices Initiative, Prime Minister's Office, Israel

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My Documentary Career: From Medal of Honor to Israeli Cuisine

Roger Sherman, Documentary Filmmaker

Cinematographer, Still Photographer, Author

Florentine Films/Sherman Pictures


From Medal of Honor to Israeli Cuisine

The Business and Art of A Documentary Career





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Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute Overview

Craig Gotsman

The first and founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.


Professor Gotsman will present an overview of the Institute including the plan and vision for the future campus of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island – aimed to be an innovative, sustainable academic campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

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Israel Defense Industries- Achievements and Opportunities

Israeli Business Forum, The Israel National Brain Gain Program and Tech Aviv are honored to host representatives of Rafael and Elbit's technology incubator, to share successes and challenges of the defense industry and to speak about opportunities within the industry.

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Building a global consumer internet company using Israeli human capital

Speaker: Allon Bloch, CEO of mySupermarket 

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Innovation within the Enterprise: How Unit 8200 introduced entrepreneurialism to the enterprise

A conversation with Nir Lempert, former Deputy Commander of Unit 8200, current Chairman & CEO of Zap Group, Chairman of the 8200 Amuta Foundation


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Where is the Israeli High-tech industry headed; challenges and achievement

Speaker: Avi Hasson Chief Scientist of Ministry of Economy

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No, No, No, No, No, Yes

Speaker: Gideon Amichay CEO & Founder at No, No, No, No, No, Yes New York and a TEDx speaker.

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The Start-Up Nation's Threat From Within

Speaker: Dan Ben David, Executive Director, Taub Institute for Social Policy Studies

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Running a Start Up: Reflections, Advice and Roadmap

Speaker: Guy Blachman, Founder of MyBuilding and Co-Founder of ActiveBuilding

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The Opportunity in Israel's Electoral Crisis The implications of the continued crisis in Israeli governance, and the opportunity it creates for building a great society

Speaker: Gidi Grinstein, Founder and President of The Reut institute

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Future of the Personal Cloud

Current thoughts of a practitioner Tamir Koch, Founder & CEO, TriPlay

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Doing well while doing good: A look at impact investing and the growing social capital market in Israel

Speakers: Yair Safrai, Chairman at Impact First Investments Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner at Impact First Investments

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Shavuot Wine Tasting Event

Sponsored by: Blue White Wines

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Shooting Under Fire

Speaker: Gil Cohen- Magen, Photographer

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Israel's Startup Frenzy: Is the party over or is it just the beginning?

Speaker: Jonathan Medved, Serial Entrepreneur

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Speaker: Yariv Bash, CEO and Co-Founder of SpaceIL

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Speaker: Oren Adler, CPA, Partner at Gideon Adler & Co. CPAs

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