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On Wednesday May 13 2015, a special event about Global Open Innovation, organised by IE-Club Tel Aviv, was held at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
The aim of the event was to highlight the existing strategic relationships between Israeli startups and international companies/institutions in the field of business, funding or partnership.
An IE-Club delegation from France composed of innovation managers, entrepreneurs, international consultants and business angels visiting Israel, attended this event, as well as Israeli entrepreneurs, business developers, startuppers and venture capitalists. In total, around 60 persons were seated in the Weston auditorium.
Prior to the event, Professor Eyal Benjamin, director of the Academic College noted “it is a pleasure to have the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo hosting the IE-Club Tel Aviv event. The College is a Key player in the Innovation landscape in Israel and is involved in dozens of events that empower, connect and leverage the ecosystem”. Benjamin added that very soon a new Starhub program, their local startup accelerator, will be announced.
During the first part of the event, 8 top-notch Israeli startups with global outreach were invited to join and pitch their project in 5 minutes, followed by an interactive Q&A.
Yossi Dan, president of IE-Club Tel Aviv, hosted the pitches and Q&A for:
- Noam from Algomizer: www.algomizer.com
- Danny from Dogiz: www.dogiz.com
- Matan from Expolike: www.expolike.com
- Tomer from Homage (EMU): http://homage.it
- Ilan from Seatylock: seatylock.com
- Sagiv from Spotad: http://www.spotad.co/
- Boaz from Video Dubber: http://videodubber.com/
- Anat from Winkapp: http://www.winkapp.co/
During the second part of the event, André Dan, a Board member of the IE-Club in France, has moderated a panel with 4 international organizations: Keyrus (www.keyrus.com, Mazars (www.mazars.com), SoftLayer (an IBM subsidiary) (www.softlayer.com) and the UK tech hub (www.ukisraelhub.com).
They shared their open innovation approaches, and especially how they leverage the Israeli ecosystem:
– Gavriel Lebens, Head of Israel desk at Mazars
“We launched Mazars’ Lab with an intrapreneurial approach. Mazars’ Lab is the Mazars open innovation programme ; the objective is to foster co-development of innovative services between Mazars and Startups: startups help Mazars to innovate and to grow. They work at three levels to strengthen innovation:
– Mazars’ EcoSystem: co- business development with startups around existing offerings,
– Mazars’ Accelerator: co- R&D with startups to imagine new services,
– Mazars’ Angels: investment in startups (via smart equity, business acceleration, incubation, cash….)”,Gavriel said.
Mazars’ Israel desk was established to support Israeli companies in their international activities, monitor and share cross border investment opportunities and assist European companies establishing a presence in Israel or joint venturing with Israeli partners.
– Fabrice Jakubowicz – Kohen, Community Development Manager EMEA at SoftLayer, an IBM subsidiary
Fabrice offers business development support and serves as advisor and liaison for early-stage startups in the Catalyst Startup Program offered by his company in Israel and Europe.
He is seeking to meet fellow entrepreneurs in multicultural environment to suit his envy of learning, sharing strengths and values. Through the Catalyst program, SoftLayer offers free infrastructure for early-stage startups, mentoring and business development. Fabrice also helps them by sharing his own experiences, by spending time with them to build a trustful relationship, by challenging them on everything they are presenting, by being genuine and supportive to their venture, by making sure they see what’s the key success factor for them to get to the next step.
– Cyril Cohen-Solal, Head of innovation at Keyrus
Keyrus is a global player in consulting and innovative technology integration, offering a large portfolio of core enterprise and industry-specific services. Keyrus Israel offers its clients to benefit from the 15 years Business Intelligence expertise of the Keyrus group.
Working closely with the innovation center of the Keyrus Group, Keyrus Israel develops a large range of innovative BI solutions around the best software products of the market (IBM, Informatica, Microsoft, Oracle, QlikTech, SAP BusinessObjects, SAS…).
– Avi Cohen, Digital Solutions Manager at UK Israel Tech Hub:
“The UK Israel Tech Hub, at the British Embassy in Israel, helps drive economic growth in both countries by helping British companies partner with the best of Israeli innovation. Our goal is to create partnerships in which British companies gain a global competitive edge via Israeli innovation, and Israeli innovation goes global via the UK”, Avi Said.
“The Hub’s goal is to create win-win partnerships in which British companies gain a global competitive edge via Israeli innovation, and Israeli innovation goes global via the UK. We organise targeted business delegations between the UK and Israel, offering leading companies and technology experts from both sides unique platforms to identify and pursue collaborations and business opportunities. We also organise bespoke visits for top policy makers or companies to pursue strategic innovation partnerships and exchange best practices”, he added.
Finally, to conclude the event, Yossi Dan, the IE-Club Tel Aviv president, announced that the IE-Club Tel Aviv is now recruiting members and will organize in September 2015 a bigger event. “It won’t be only a great event to learn and share about Open Innovation” he said, “and also a great opportunity to celebrate the Open Innovation achievements in Israel, including the awards of Global Open Innovation of the IE-Club”.
About the IE-Club, Innovation & Enterprise Club, present since 2000 in Paris, and 2012 in Boston, Montréal and Tel Aviv: http://www.innovation-entreprise.club/en/