Hot summer at the capital of the Southern Plain - Rishon Lezion. We celebrate it with a huge startup pitch battle. The world of gaming has been growing rapidly in recent years with billions taking part in it. It is time to show the world what we have here in our ecosystem.
Uri Marchand is the Founder and CEO of Overwolf, a guild for in-game creators. Overwolf is a development platform that lets creators build, distribute, and monetize in-game apps and mods
Uri Marchand is the Founder and CEO of Overwolf, a guild for in-game creators. Overwolf is a development platform that lets creators build, distribute, and monetize in-game apps and mods. Under Uri’s leadership, Overwolf has seen exponential growth, reaching over 12M gamers each month, 30,000 creators and a team of 69 employees. With over 15 years in the technology industry, Uri is a leader in establishing and scaling operations. Prior to founding Overwolf, he founded and led Applicell, a cross-platform e-learning product. A graduate of the prestigious Zell Entrepreneurship Program, Uri has a degree in computer science and served as a helicopter pilot in the Israeli Air Force
Games for Peace
Head of the Game Design and development MDes program, Senior lecturer at Shenkar College.
Vered Pnueli is a researcher, a writer, and a lecturer on the subjects of media, design, and digital games culture. Her academic interests in the digital media space are backed up with extensive industry experience in designing and developing media products for academic and business purposes. Vered is the founder and head of the ‘Game design and development program’ and of the ’Digital books and magazines program’ at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She served as head of Business Development and a founding director at the Management Committee at Shenkar center for innovation and development of games.
Vered holds a PhD degree in Media Studies from the Brunel University of West London, a Master’s degree in Design Management from UCA UK and a BFA from Tel Aviv University
A “new media” expert. After years of experience in film, television, and video content Zuckerman turned to the field of new technologies, integrating them in the field of marketing and learning skills, providing businesses with innovative multimedia solutions by developing unique content tailored to their specific needs, especially in AR & VR. One of the pioneers in the XR field and as one, gives lectures and workshops in Israel and around the world.
A product manager, Creative Director and Game Designer, Ziv has been working in the mobile and games arena for over fifteen years, holding both executive and creative titles. He was the head of the Game Design Program at Beit Berl, and appears around the world at conferences and events. Ziv worked on titles at Plarium Global, Playtika, and other international companies, and lead over a dozen games and entertainment projects from concept to launch.
In 2004 I founded Jivy Group with 2 friends. Since then, I have led business development and product management for a variety of game related startups while teaching about video games in various educations institutes.
Currently I am leading Makeree a startup that enable anyone to learn how to create things like: crafts, robotics or arts - online. Partnering with top retailers and educators, Makeree offers structured courses, feedback from experts and peers, and all the supplies users need. For the first time ever people can learn how to create almost anything in an accessible and affordable way.
I lectures about innovation and video games at Recanati Business School in Tel Aviv University, at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and at Kibbutzim College of Education. In addition, I’m an active member and co-founder of two NGOs: GameIS, the digital games industry association in Israel, and Games for Peace, which utilizes commercial video games in order increase dialog in conflict zones.
I also hold a PhD in Science, Technology & Society from Bar Ilan University.
Kevin is the Co-founder & Managing Partner of Remagine Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on digital entertainment, gaming, data, commerce & consumer investments in Israel. Previously he led ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s investment office in Israel, investing in companies like Dynamic Yield, Minute Media, Magisto, Magma and others. Over a decade ago Kevin started his career on Wall Street working for Gerson Lehrman Group and Credit Suisse.
Startup Grind Rishon Lezion
Startup Grind Rishon Lezion