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The 2018 conference
With two fast-growing and thriving entrepreneurship ecosystems, it is an exciting time for Israeli and Miami entrepreneurs! Building upon the success of the inaugural Startup Nation conference with over 300 attendees, it is time once again to bring together Miami Dade College students, local innovators, Israeli entrepreneurs, and support networks alike to share best practices in a unique and exciting exchange.
The 2018 Startup Nation Conference will highlight emerging innovations and trends in the high-tech industry.
- The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Beyond the hype and the heightened media attention, the numerous startups and the internet giants racing to acquire them, there is a significant increase in investment and adoption by enterprises (Forbes, 2017)
- According to Global Market Insights, the market for AR products is projected to grow 80 percent to $165 billion by 2024. (Entrepreneur, 2017)
- With cybersecurity at the forefront of discussions on global threats, Israel – second only to the U.S. market – remained strong and showed impressive numbers yet again, as we witnessed a surge in funding and continued innovation. (TechCrunch, 2017)
The inaugural Startup Nation conference drew over 300 attendees, who experienced and witness the latest in Israeli innovation from the following disruptors
Ben Enosh is Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Audioburst, a company organizing the world’s audio information. Hundreds of thousands of unique content are broadcasted daily, but none of it is readily searchable or easily accessible. Audioburst’s technology automatically transcribes and understands streams of auditory content in real-time turning them into web-friendly, searchable, sharable and embeddable digital objects for Internet users, radio broadcasters, publishers and app developers.
Meir Zorea, Chairman and Co-Founder of ARTSYS360, has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of international and domestic sales and business development. He is an expert in security software product and telecom, and has served as CEO in a number of companies, including: NessPro Italy and Spain. ARTSYS360 is developing an innovative radar system to enhance monitoring over 360 degrees in azimuth and coverage of up to 400 meters in range.
Compounds, such as nuclear plants, water reservoirs and communication facilities, require a comprehensive range of security measures along their borders. ARTSYS360’s patented technology allows reduction in price, weight and energy consumption by a factor of 8 times compared with similar systems.
Dr. Maurice R. Ferré brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. Before INSIGHTEC, Dr. Ferré served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of MAKO Surgical Corp, a transformational robotic surgical company that he co-founded in 2004. The company was IPO’d in 2008 and recently sold to Stryker Corp. for $1.65 billion in 2013. Prior to MAKO, Dr. Ferré was Founder, CEO and President of Visualization Technology Inc. (1993-2002). VTI became the world leader in image guided surgery for ENT, cranial and orthopedic procedures. The Company was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2002. Today he is INSIGHTEC’S CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. INSIGHTEC is continuously investing and expanding its current and investigational applications, ranging from functional neurosurgery to oncology and gynecology. Their revolutionary technology is embraced by world-renowned physicians in more than 120 medical facilities. The company has received numerous innovation awards – among them are The Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine. Dr. Ferré himself was the recipient of the prestigious Ernest & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Today.
Liat Sade Sternberg is CEO of Fusic, an innovative social music video platform seeking to revolutionize the music industry. Fusic has developed an easy way to mix music videos and selfies into “one fuse.” Its collaborative platform has the potential to become the next generation of selfies with a new and easy way for fans to interact with their favorite music acts by integrating themselves into the original music.
Joshua Levinberg has been involved with the initiation and growth of several successful companies, two of which are responsible for providing remote locations access to Internet or telephone. Most specifically, Levinberg launched and exited two companies that resolved this issue. Joshua co-founded Gilat Satellite Networks in 1987 and served Gilat as Executive VP for Corporate Business Development and Strategy. Gilat introduced new technology that connected rural communities with high-speed Internet and today is an industry leader! In 1998, while with Gilat, Joshua was Founder and CEO of Global Village Telecom later acquired from Vivendi by Telefonica for $9B. Global Village Telecom was another venture of his that built a satellite-based phone network for remote locations.
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists.” Medved currently is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. OurCrowd is according to Forbes “one of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet” having raised over $200M for 91 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. As both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades invested in almost 200 startup companies, helping to bring 15 of them to values in excess of $100Million.
Itay Tayas Zamir is an avid environmental and social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to finding clean water solutions for everyone on the planet. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Woosh® water systems, Itay tackles the unreasonably immense issues of water treatment and urban sustainability. Woosh® water systems is an Israeli startup deploying Smart Water Stations in cities around the world. Each refill costs a fraction of the price of bottled water.
Isaac Litman founded Neteera Technologies after serving as CEO for Mobileye. Shortly after founding the company, Neteera completed its first round of funding, raising $2 million from private investors. Neteera’s novel technology offers unique possibilities in a variety of potential markets, including transportation, IT, consumer electronics, homeland security and healthcare. Based on the detection of electromagnetic emissions from sweat ducts, Neteera’s technology enables reliable and speedy biometric identification, along with the capability to monitor stress, fatigue, pain, alcohol influence, drug abuse detection, and medical diagnostics. The technology has the ability to identify a person and simultaneously measure his or her stress level, providing a powerful tool for homeland security purposes. Another use is the possibility to remotely monitor stress, inhibition and alcohol levels of drivers, offering a valuable tool for the automotive industry. Today, Neteera is strengthening its research and development efforts towards launching its first biometric product in 2017!
Gilad Oppenheimer is CEO & Founder of Green O.C and Chairman and Co-Founder of Intovision Engineering & Design. At Green O.C., Oppenheimer became an expert in the field of green energy and recycling, specifically in the development of a unique process turning hydrocarbon waste into standard fuels. At Intovision, he lead and executed projects in the fields of mechanical and electromechanical design for hi-tech, security companies and many startups.
Doron Bakchy is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in building startups throughout all phases of growth. Bakchy’s primary interest is to solve the various challenges one encounters when the online and offline worlds meet. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Eyefeelit Technologies and Bringoz. Bringoz is an on demand & last mile delivery dispatching platform revolutionizing same day delivery service. Eyefeelit is a high definition 3D content delivery platform that produces 3D interactive shopping experiences for customers, “bringing e-commerce to life.”
Danny Weissberg is the Co-Founder of Voiceitt, the company behind Talkitt, an innovative solution that enables people who have motor and speech disorders to easily communicate using their own voice. Around 1.5% of the world’s population cannot communicate naturally using their voices. At present, no product uses the instinctive medium of a speech-disabled person’s voice to communicate. Voiceitt and its product, Talkitt, are disrupting the complex worlds of communication boards and tracking technologies to restore natural fluidity to the 100 million speech-disabled, enabling them to speak to their family members, caregivers and friends and dramatically improving their lives.
Arie L. Gutman has had a long history in the pharmaceutical industry, essentially creating the building blocks for modern medicine. Gutman sought to eliminate the difficulty in creating generic versions of branded drugs as President and CEO of FineTech Pharmaceuticals. In 1990, Dr. Gutman established FineTech Pharmaceuticals, which evolved into an FDA approved pharmaceutical company, exporting its products to the USA, Canada, Europe and South America. FineTech possesses proprietary technology and confidential expertise in organic synthesis, allowing generic pharmaceutical manufactures to launch products in high barrier markets.
Ariel Beery is the CEO of MobileODT, a medical device company based in Israel committed to transforming the discovery of cancers in epithelial tissue. Beery is dedicated to making medical care available to the billions who have access to mobile phones, but not to physicians. MobileODT offers a hardware and software solution that consists of a physical phone attachment with light and camera that connects with phone software that enables real time visualization of the area in question. Their product is 10% the cost and size of current offerings.
Avner Mor is an industry leader with 25 years of experience in senior management positions at companies such as Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom. Today, Mor is CEO and Co-Founder of Dyadic, whose mission is to revolutionize the way organizations in the software, financial and healthcare industries protect their secrets. Dyadic solves the problem of security breaches, while still making data protection accessible and easy to use. According to Dyadic, even if a system is breached and attackers get access to some credentials, other credentials will instantly become inaccessible. Its cutting edge technology coupled with cryptography solutions based on multiparty computation is initiating an exciting new era in data encryption.
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