2020 Summit Highlights
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The startup world gathered in Jerusalem for the 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit
Top investors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate representatives, government officials, and press engaged in a packed week of activities, including tech and press tours, corporate meetups, VC forums, insider access to accelerators, labs, and startups – and of course, some great partying.
The Summit has become one of the largest and most important tech events in the world and the largest investor event in the Middle East, taking over the iconic International Convention Center, as well as other venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
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Summit Day Experience
After a smooth registration, attendees plunged into a stimulating – and crowded – sensory experience of ideas, technology, global networking, and abundant food.
- Incredibly diverse programming included industry leaders speaking on crucial topics, dramatic emotional moments on the main stage, breakouts tackling social and political issues facing the venture world, and of course, amazing tech demos
- Almost every hall at or overcapacity
- 104 exhibitors and 61 sponsors
- All-day networking, over 1,400 facilitated meetings among investors, startups, and corporate executives
- Book signings by Saul Singer (“Startup Nation”), Inbal Arieli (“Chutzpah”), Rebecca Fannin (“Tech Titans of China”), and VC legend Michael Eisenberg (“The Tree of Life and Prosperity: Economic Principles from the Book of Genesis”)
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“If I could have imagined what Startup Nation would look like in 10 years, this would be it”
– Saul Singer, co-author, “Startup Nation”
Three Startups, Three Patients, Three Lives Saved
The audience at the Opening Plenary alone was treated to an emotional high, as they met three different patients whose lives were saved by startup technologies.
- A three-year-old boy, whose surgery to remove a brain tumor was possible only through the training by doctors on a virtual reality platform from startup Surgical Theater
- A man whose essential tremors – so bad that he could not write, use a keypad or play with his grandchildren – were eradicated almost literally overnight by Insightec’s targeted ultrasound therapy
- A 78-year-old woman whose carcinoma was cured using Alpha Tau’s revolutionary pinpoint radiation technology, avoiding traditional, debilitating therapies with low success rates
“This is the way healthcare should be done in the 21st century”
– Dr. Steven Melnick, Chief, Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, Florida
Top 10 Tech Trends for 2020, and Beyond
Reflecting the views of the OurCrowd investment team as well as input from its global network, this session looked at trends that will shape the tech landscape for the next 10 years. Three examples:
- Mind Over Matter: Our Brains Get Wired: The Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device, and will bridge the time gap in how we communicate with machines. CorrActions is a plug & play, non-invasive SaaS platform that can read your mind and intentions, even before conscious awareness, and translate it into actions.
- If You’re Not Scared of the Dark, You Should Be: The Dark Web is a hidden world illegal activity: drugs, human trafficking, stolen IDs, and much more. Companies such as Sixgill are automatically searching the Dark Web to locate any sign of cyber threat against enterprises and provides real-time actionable threat intelligence to their customers.
- Schrödinger’s Catfight Over Quantum Supremacy: Quantum computers are an exponentially scalable and highly parallel computing model. Google and IBM stated that in less than five years, quantum computers would be able to break the encryption we use today. Companies such as QuantLR protect next-generation networks and the entire internet, using quantum technology.
“The next trend for 2020 is that anything that can be automated, will be automated”
– Stav Erez, Partner and EVP, Business Development, Labs/02
A record 28 events and activities provided a unique insider’s look at the fastest-growing tech ecosystem in the world, where Israel’s rich past and exciting future live side by side as nowhere else.
- OurCrowd Leaders Forum: Over 1,200 startup CEOs, corporate partners, and top investors gathered for rich content and productive meetings. Top speakers, such as Israel’s Chief Scientist, participated in workshops, roundtables, and presentations, including “Israeli Innovation in the Era of Global Transformation” and “The Surprising New Driver of Innovation: Private Equity.”
- Grow with Ukraine: a Tel Aviv meetup that unveiled the tech potential of five IT service companies, including a speed dating session.
- Legendary partying that included the Post-Summit blast at the International Convention Center, Summit After Dark events in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and ShukTech, a night of Middle Eastern food, craft beer, live music, and global networking at Mahane Yehuda, the iconic cultural center of Jerusalem.
“At a first meeting, an entrepreneur is selling trust, that’s all”
– Judah Taub, Managing Partner, Hetz Ventures