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Virtual Field Trip to Corporate Venturing Ecosystem Israel

Israel is recognized as the “start-up nation” and is moving into “the scale up nation”. Join us on this virtual fieldtrip to Israel and meet some of the key players of Israeli ecosystem. We organize this event together with Annegien Blokpoel (organizer of the CVN Fieldtrip to Israel)

14 January 2021
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Israel is recognized as the “start-up nation” and is moving into “the scale up nation”. Today there are more than 500 international Corporate R&D/innovation centres in Israel. Each year the country produces around 1.000 top-notch high-tech start-ups and in 2019 a record of 8,3 billion USD was invested in start-ups and companies in the scale up phase. Key to success have been amongst others the successful implementation of support programs and creating an innovation ecosystem attracting global investors and corporate venture and their networks to Israel.

The opening speech will be given by Naor Gilon, Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands. Keynote presentations are from:
Chemi Peres -  Co-Founder & Managing General Partner of Pitango Venture Capital
Yonit Serkin - Managing Director of Masschallenge|
Nir Gartzman - Co-founder and Managing Partner of The Dock
After the presentations, we will have a panel discussion moderated by Annegien Blokpoel

During the last half hour of the event, you will have to opportunity to have a virtual network drink with your peers, using the same immersive virtual space we used during our other Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship and CVN events.

Hopefully, we will be able to visit Israel at a later stage in 2021 and this virtual field trip can be considered as a step forwards to know and explore cooperation with the Israeli VC / startup / accelerator ecosystem and to strengthen the relationships between the ecosystems of the Netherlands and Israel.

Naor Gilon

Naor Gilon

Ambassador of Israel to The Netherlands

Naor Gilon is the Israeli ambassador to the Netherlands and former ambassador of Israel to Italy and to San Marino. Earlier he served as the chief of staff to Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman,  and as the deputy director general for Western Europe division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Chemi Peres

Chemi Peres

Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital

Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital
Chairman of the Board of Directors - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation

Chemi Peres is one of Israel’s foremost venture capital and innovation pioneers and entrepreneurs having invested in over two hundred technology enterprises. Chemi is an integral part of the thriving Israeli hi-tech scene and key player on the global entrepreneurial stage.
Serving as Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s leading Venture Capital fund with three hyper-focused funds - Pitango First, Pitango Growth, and Pitango HealthTech - 250 investments across all verticals, 84 exits, and 7 unicorns in their portfolio . Chemi has served on the boards of several NASDAQ companies, and currently serves on the boards of numerous Pitango portfolio companies such as Via Transportation, Taboola, Venn.city and more.
He is a board member at Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s leading generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, publicly traded on the NYSE. He serves as a member of the GEOX Committee for Ethics & Sustainability.
Chemi is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. Founded in 1996 by the late Ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres, the Peres Center is Israel’s leading non-profit NGO focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge peacebuilding programs in Innovation, Peace Education, Medicine, Business, and Environment.
The new Israeli Innovation Center at the Peres Center is an interactive hub showcasing how Israel became one of the most innovative countries in the world. Visitors from Israel and abroad, including students and business professionals, heads of state and soldiers, take part in a dynamic journey, where they learn about the past, the future, and the here and now of Israeli innovation.
Mr. Peres is highly active in the field of impact investments in Israel. He is an active board member for several other non-profit organizations and social impact investment platforms, such as Social Finance Israel and others. In 2020 Chemi co-founded the Covid-19 relief Israeli Solidarity Fund together with MATAN, the Israeli branch of United Way.
Mr. Peres holds a BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and MBA degree from Tel Aviv University. He served as a pilot in the IAF (Israeli Air Force) for 10 years.

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Yonit Serkin

Yonit Serkin

Managing Director of MassChallenge Israel

Yonit Golub Serkin is the Managing Director of MassChallenge Israel. In this role, she connects high-impact companies to leading corporates, philanthropists, and stakeholders. Previously, she was a founder of Moonscape Ventures, a corporate development office, served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development at the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and as the spokeswoman for NYC Economic Development Corporation. Yonit received an MA in International Studies and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Yonit was named one of Israel's 40 Under 40 by The Marker Magazine in 2014.

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Nir Gartzman

Nir Gartzman

Nir Gartzman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, theDOCK

theDOCK is a vertical venture capital firm that invests in startups addressing the Ports, Shipping & Logistics sectors.
Located in Israel, the startup nation, theDOCK serves as a meeting place for global maritime corporates, entrepreneurs, and investors, harnessing Israel's technology excellence as well as global talent to deliver novel innovation to the domain.
Our strategic partners include international leading maritime organizations such as Kirby Corp., Port of Singapore, Wartsila, Maersk, Lloyd's Register, Cargotec, DSV, and Thyssenkrupp.
These partners provide valuable market guidance and know-how to the emerging startups, while at the same time benefit from access and exposure to the latest cutting-edge technology relevant to their business.

Nir Gartzman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, theDOCK
Nir is a maritime, hi-tech, and clean-tech professional combining strong technical capabilities with broad industry background and business development experience. Nir earned his proficiency in the maritime domain during 10 years of management positions in both navy and civilian sectors. Responsibilities included positions of Chief Engineer(Navy); Superintendent of cargo ships(commercial); infrastructure projects manager involving hardware software, and facilities integration; followed by sales & BizDev management roles.
Nir graduated from the Naval Academy & Advance Maritime Command School. Served as Chief Engineer of a Navy Missile Corvette and instructor at the Naval Academy.

Nir holds a B.A degree in Business Management from the IDC - Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

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Annegien Blokpoel

Annegien Blokpoel

Strategy Advisor & Tech Angel Investor

Annegien Blokpoel is founder of strategy firm PerspeXo and active hands-on business angel. Annegien was Director Investor Relations  & Corporate Communications at two dual listed companies on AEX/Bel20 and AEX/NYSE, and before structured finance specialist at MeesPierson Merchant Bank and Corporate Finance PwC.

Over the last 15 years she acts as hands-on strategy advisor, board member, interim manager, lecturer and moderator. Annegien is author of two bestsellers on growth and value creation. She is founder of a value based management program for (fast) growing SME companies and helped over 300 companies as advisor and/or interim manager crossing the tipping points. As informal investor she invests directly in companies with well experienced teams, international scale up potential and preferably with an impact focus. She is on the Advisory Board of 5 international tech startups. She is investor/mentor o.a @Collider, @StartupBootcamp, @PMP (Cybertech/fintech, E-Commerce, MAD-tech), NextStageEarlySeed Fund, Arches Capital and on the Advisory Committee of the NWO scientific startup grants program.

Since 2017 she organized 6 Trade Missions for Dutch investors to Israel, and became heavily involved in the Israeli and Dutch startup ecosystems.

Annegien studied MBA, Economics and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and 2 years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her hobbies are sailing, hiking, dancing and excavating.

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