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Singapore and Israel; two countries that are geographically small on the world map but continuously punch above their weight in a number of areas - including startups.
Israel has the highest number of startups per capita anywhere in the world and Singapore consistently ranks among the top of global competitiveness indexes and ease of doing business lists. It's no wonder that a recent article by the World Economic Forum of 5 startup hubs to watch globally put both Singapore and Israel on that list in the number one and two spots respectively.
Bilaterally, the countries have a long and rich history since they established diplomatic ties in 1969, making the opportunities for collaboration amongst those in the startup world in these economies all the more natural.
So what opportunities exist to strengthen the startup links between Israel in Singapore? How can Singapore be a hub and springboard for Israel startups, financiers and ideators to grow and scale in Asia and vice versa?
Join us on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30pm Singapore time / 12:30pm Tel Aviv time for this virtual event as we talk with the changemakers and leaders on how to build these bridges and strengthen the bonds between these two dynamic startup hubs.
Singapore Economic Development Board
Regional Director - Israel, Germany, Denmark, Norway
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists”. In the 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.
Medved is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. OurCrowd has $1.5B in commitments and has made investments in 220 companies, 22 funds and has seen 40 exits since its launch in February 2013. OurCrowd exits include: Jump Bikes sold to Uber, Briefcam sold to Canon, Argus sold to Continental, Crosswise sold to Oracle, and Replay sold to Intel. Bloomberg Business week said in the May 7, 2015 edition that “OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world right now.” TheStreet described OurCrowd as “Crowdfunding for Real Investors.”
Prior to OurCrowd, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) and the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, with $262M under management.
Based in Frankfurt, Eng Yian works with partners and clients in the manufacturing, engineering, logistics and agritech sectors as their point of contact in Europe and covers four markets in the region, including Israel. Together with colleagues in Singapore, he helps guide companies on exploration and discovery of opportunities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent.
Founder, CEO Crumbiz & Country Manager Startup Grind Israel - Father, business culture catalyst, Startup ecosystem builder & connector
Experienced Entrepreneur. Shahar has over 20 years of Global startup ecosystem experience. Shahar is the person responsible for putting Israel on the Global Startup Grind map. Today Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 3,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 600 chapters. SG nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups.
Crumbiz came about as Shahar realized that networking, emails and forums were not always effective tools to build, manage and leverage Glogal Business Relationships; he has invented a professional platform to both build and leverage global business relationships; thus changing the way we work and live - more coming soon!
Skilled in strategy, management, investor relations. Globally connected professional with a can-do attitude.
Curtis has spent the last two decades living, working and studying in Asia. Since 2007, Curtis has been based in Singapore, most recently working within the startup community and ecosystem, helping startups grow and scale by connecting entrepreneurs and founders with resources, funding opportunities and knowledge. Over the last three years, he has been the Director of Startup Grind for Singapore - the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators and creators. He has interviewed and moderated discussions with well-known local and international founders such as Mikkel Svane from ZenDesk, Darius Cheung from 99.co and Rachel Lim from Love, Bonito.