Hot summer at the capital of the Southern Plain - Rishon Lezion. We celebrate it with a huge startup pitch night competition. 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.
Games for Peace
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
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.
Raz is Playtika’s Chief Product Officer and a member of its top Management Team. Today, Playtika has over 3,500 employees at 19 sites worldwide, and is one of the largest online gaming companies worldwide.
Prior to joining Playtika, Raz founded startups and created web social apps, providing him with a strong foundation and understanding of product development. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in every aspect of bringing a product to market successfully, covering everything from design to coding, initializing products with target audience understanding, and driving business strategy for sustainable growth.
Raz joined Playtika in 2010, as the company was established, becoming its third employee. Raz has since been a key player throughout the company’s milestones, as well as a contributor to its exponential growth and success.
Raz founded and led some of Playtika's flagship products’ Product and Economy teams. From day one, Raz set out to create a range of new, exciting ways of working in previously uncharted fields, paving the way to what is now a $2B industry.
In 2013, when Playtika purchased the social game version of WSOP, entering another strand of the online gaming industry, Raz designed WSOP’s entire product strategy, building its road map and quickly helping it to become the #1 Social Poker brand in the world. WSOP has held on to the title to this day. Compounding on his past successes, in 2016 Raz assumed the position of Playtika’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), joining its Management Team. He has since overseen Playtika’s entire portfolio and steered its expansion into new mobile gaming verticals.
Raz’s focus as CPO is to establish new processes and methodologies of acquiring, on-boarding, and developing new games. In the past 5 years, Playtika has continued its rapid growth, acquiring gaming companies from across the world and developing new games of its own.
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.
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Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Co-Founder & CEO
Medasense Biometrics LTD
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
DiA - Revolutionizing Ultrasound
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CTO
Kobi is a successful entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in leading technology and media startups from seed stage to acquisition. Prior to founding Arbe, Kobi was the Founder and President of Taptica, a mobile DSP acquired by Marimedia, and Founder and CEO of Logia, a mobile content platform acquired by Mandalay Digital. At Arbe, Kobi and the team work towards making autonomous driving a reality, developing their proprietary imaging radar to provide real-time 4D mapping in high resolution. As the winner of the Winner of Frost and Sullivan’s “2018 Global Technology Innovation” award as well as the “Most Innovative ADAS Technology” award from Tech.AD, Arbe continues to innovate and be at the top of the real-time 4D mapping game
Michal is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Triventures and brings over 25 years of experience in medtech and digital health in Israel and the U.S. She co-founded Triventures in 2010 to provide what was then missing in the ecosystem- a deep understanding of commercial integration of innovative technologies into the healthcare system. Triventures was one of the first funds in to focus on digital health in Israel and Michal was the first woman to found and manage a venture capital firm in Israel.
Since founding Triventures, Michal has grown the fund into a multi-stage investment platform and industry leader. Prior to launching Triventures, Michal served for many years in the healthcare start-up ecosystem and held multiple executive positions with GI View, Advanced Stent Technologies (acquired by Boston Scientific), ByPass, TriReme Medical (IPO) and others. Michal ran several business departments from operations to regulatory and marketing and helped scale and steer the companies towards successful exits.
In 2017, Michal was recognized as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel by Globes, Israel’s leading financial journal and in 2011 she was recognized as one of the 40 most promising leaders in Israel by The Marker, Israel’s leading business journal. With a hands-on approach, Michal is involved in all the fund’s major decisions, leads investments and serves as an active board member in the majority of the portfolio companies.
Michal holds a B.A from The College of Management Academic Studies.
Amiad Soto is co-founder and CEO of Guesty, one of the world’s largest property management platforms for short-term rentals that simplifies all aspects of the property management process - from automating tasks to unified guest communication solution. After launching the disruptor in 2013 with his identical twin brother, Amiad grew Guesty from a Y Combinator funded startup to an international enterprise headquartered in Tel Aviv with 10 global offices and 280+ employees worldwide. He has spoken at various industry events - from VRMA to Web Summit Lisbon - and has been featured in prominent publications including TechCrunch, HuffPost, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Skift and more. Most recently, Amiad was featured in Forbes Israel’s 30 Under 30 ranking.
Galit Zuckerman-Stark is the founder and CEO of Medasense Biometrics Ltd. Ms. Zuckerman brings to Medasense over twenty years of entrepreneurship, management and engineering experience in both startups and large corporations.
Ms. Zuckerman founded Medasense with a vision to reduce widespread suffering from pain and pain treatment. Leveraging her own technological background, she set out on a mission to develop innovative technologies enabling personalized and optimized pain treatment that improves patient outcomes. Today Medasense is selling its pain management platform in Europe, Canada, South America, Australia and Israel, with strategic partners including Medtronic that sells Medasense products in key territories across Europe. Medasense addresses a $5B global hospital market with its commercial solution and an additional $15B market with a cloud-based digital health solution for pain management in development.
Ms. Zuckerman holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering (cum laude, Engineering Faculty Excellence Program) and a BSc in Computer Engineering (cum laude, Adi Lautman special program for outstanding students TAU) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. and served in 8200 "Haman Talpiot" program.
Moti Cohen is the Co-founder and CEO of Apester, a content management platform that enables the creation, distribution and monetization of interactive digital content for publishers and brands. Since the company’s founding in 2014, Moti has driven the company’s vision, business objectives, and guides its mission, values and strategy. Under Moti’s leadership, Apester has grown into an international company of over 1,500 brands serving over 100 million engagements monthly.
Prior to co-founding Apester, Moti served as the Head of the Algotrading and visual science R&D Team at Israel’s largest investment bank, Psagot Ofek. He led a team of 25 engineers and business intelligence analysts in the development of the company’s automated trading solutions.
Moti is an Advisory Board Member of the Israeli Export Institute, leading the IEI services for the Israeli digital media sector. He holds a BA in Business and Economics from Peres Academy Center. When he’s not the driving force behind the evolution of content, Moti is a musician, game theory and behavior analysis freak.
Hila Aslan-Goldman has been leading Health-Tech companies for 15 years. She established DiA Imaging Analysis as a Co-Founder, chairwoman and CEO, leading the company through its early stages of product development into commercialization. DiA Imaging Analysis is now recognized as the market leading provider of AI-based solutions for ultrasound image analysis.
Hila is an industry visionary, passionate business leader and serial entrepreneur who is recognized for her ability to execute. Additionally, in her role, Hila is committed to actively empowering women in the healthcare technology marketplace.
Or Hiltch is Co-Founder and CTO at Skyline AI, the artificial intelligence investment manager for commercial real estate. Or's team is harnessing AI to find alpha in real estate investment using hundreds of data sources and advanced algorithms. Prior to Skyline AI, Or was Co-Founder and CTO at StreamRail, whose yield optimization algorithm using petabytes of data made it the market-leading technology in the video ad tech space, leading to its acquisition by ironSource in 2016.
In parallel to his business career, Or maintains a strong community presence, regularly hosting and speaking on AI, ML and AWS related meetups and conferences, including SageMaker related topics on the AWS User Group meetup, Serverless NYC Conference, MIT AI 2018, and more. Or is the founder of PropTech TLV meetup group, forming a conversation about using ML and AI in Real Estate, and the Co-Founder of the Tel Aviv CTO Club, an effort to progress the technology and startup culture in Israel by uniting the country's top CTOs.
Or is an open-source hacker and creator/maintainer of a few high-profile (1000+ stars) open-source repo's on GitHub and an avid blogger on ML and software engineering topics, posting on Amazon SageMaker, word2vec, novel uses for unsupervised-learning in real estate, and more.
Startup Grind Rishon Lezion
Startup Grind Rishon Lezion