Joint event with Jewish Funders Network: Arab Innovation in the Start Up Nation

Imad Telhami, Chairman of Takwin Labs and Founder of Babcom Centersand

Itzik Frid, CEO and Managing Partner of Takwin Labs

Greetings by
Ambassador Ido Aharoni,
Consul General of Israel to New York


Integrating Arab citizens into Israel's thriving hi-tech industry has become a major national priority. Currently, fewer than 2% of hi tech professionals in Israel are Arab citizens, while thousands of Arab engineers are not employed in their field of study.

Arab textile executive Imad Telhami wanted to see the private sector take a lead in bringing high-tech growth industries to Israel's Arab society. In 2008, he launched Babcom Centers, a successful call and software development center in the North. In 2014, Telhami partnered with Erel Margalit (Jerusalem Venture Partners) and Chemi Peres (Pitango Capital) to launch a $20 Million Jewish-Arab start-up accelerator, Takwin Labs, as part of their vision greater Jewish-Arab cooperation and a thriving Arab tech sector in Israel.

Join us on to hear from Imad Telhami, Chairman, and Itzik Frid, CEO, of Takwin Labs about the current status of Arab integration into high tech and their vision for stronger Jewish-Arab relations and a thriving tech sector within Israel’s Arab society.

About the speakers:

Imad Telhami is Chairman of Takwin Labs and the Founder and CEO of Babcom Centers, a social business initiative that aims to build, advance and develop successful businesses that will advance important social goals. Babcom is a large call-center initiative in the Galilee whose purpose is to assist Arab men and women to integrate into the job market. Babcom employs hundreds of workers in three centers (In Tefen and Misgav). In the past, Telhami served as the Deputy CEO of Delta Industries. For over 25 years, he served at Delta Galil in a number of senior management roles, responsible for divisions, factories and thousands of workers in Israel and abroad.

Itzik Frid is the Managing Partner of Takwin Labs, a new investment fund focused on Arab entrepreneurs, which was founded by Imad Telhami, Chemi Peres (Pitango) and Erel Margalit (JVP). Previously he was the CEO of MoMinis/Playscape, a leading publisher in the Android space (with over 80M users), a Managing Partner in Argoquest, VP Business Affairs at AOL and the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance. He studied Physics and Law.


Event Details

Event date: 03-27-2015
Event End Date: 03-27-2015
Cut off date 03-27-2015
Individual Price Free
Time 8:30AM – Breakfast will be served
Location New York City - location will be provided for registered participants.
Event Language Event will be conducted in English
Location New York
Event registration is closed
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