BRINGING ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION TO YOU
Mel - TLV TELEconference and pitch night
livestream and pitch night
wednesday 14 march 2018
6 - 9pm, cisco melbourne
Hear inspiring stories of invention and innovation from two of Israel's biggest leaders in technology as they join us via live stream at Cisco to deliver TED-style talks direct from Israel.
The talks will be followed by a pitch night, where shortlisted entrepreneurs will pitch their Startups to an eminent judging panel and the winning entrepreneur will be awarded with a place on a fully-funded, tailored trip to Israel with the Australia Israel-Chamber of Commerce, valued at over $10,000.
This will give one Startup the chance to spend a week in Israel to tap into the culture of the Start Up Nation and draw on the Chamber’s unparalleled connections to make life-changing partnerships on the ground.
THE winning prize
MELT's winning Startup will be awarded one place for one member of its team to attend a fully-funded trip on a trade mission to Israel.
The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce "Tech Trends of the Future" Trade Mission to Israel will take place from May 4 – 10, 2018 in partnership with Friends of Tel Aviv University.
The mission will explore the latest developments in technology including artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber-security, cloud computing, augmented reality and digital media. The visit will provide exposure to the unique culture and capabilities that continue to make Israel a front-runner in global innovation and entrepreneurial success and will include presentations by Tel Aviv University on entrepreneurship and innovation.
The delegation will be led by Cliff Rosenberg, former Managing Director of LinkedIn Australia/New Zealand and South-East Asia. Cliff is currently an active investor, advisor and board member, with Non-Executive Directorships.
The visit will provide delegates with an opportunity to explore a “start-up nation” firsthand, to learn how Israel is creating a technology ecosystem, and to meet some of the leading technologists and entrepreneurs in the world.
The Chamber will tailor the trade mission to best maximize the needs and interests of the winning Startup.
NOTE: Only one member of the winning team will be able to attend the trip to Israel. This person must be between the age of 25-40 and have never been to Israel before. Applicants must commit to attending the trip on the dates specified. The successful applicant may be required to provide a report about his/her experience, and may also be required to speak at a Young AICC event.
FOUNDER AND CEO OURCROWD
Medved is a serial entrepreneur, investor and according to the Washington Post “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”.
In 2013, Medved started OurCrowd, the world-leading crowd investing platform for accredited investors. Medved spent the prior two decades as a venture and angel investor and invested in almost 200 Israeli startups, helping to bring 20 of them to values in excess of $100M.
NANOBIOTECHNOLOGIST AND FOUNDER
Oded is a global expert in nanobiotechnology and a leading innovator, inventor, researcher, entrepreneur and founder. He has founded 10 companies, invneted or co-invnted over 50 patents, authored or co-authored over 160 scientific publications and his talks have been viewed by millions of people worldwide.
Shoseyov is a Co-Founder of SP Nano Ltd. and is the Scientific Founder of CBD Technologies., FuturaGene, Melodea and Bondex. He is the Founder of Collplant Holdings Ltd. and Fulcrum SP Ltd.
the judging panel
inna braverman, co-founder of eco wave power
Inna Braverman is an Israeli entrepreneur and businesswoman. She founded Eco Wave Power in 2011, at the age of 24, and was recently chosen as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the world by medium.com (along with Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and others). With her leadership, Eco Wave Power installed the first commercial-scale wave energy array in Gibraltar, where Eco Wave Power is selling electricity to Gibraltar’s Electric Authority through a commercial scale Power Purchase Agreement. Inna is also responsible for securing 130MW of projects pipe-line for the company. Recently, Inna's personal journey was documented in a virtual reality film by Google, under the name "female planet", which was published earlier this year.
She holds a BA in Political Science and English Language and Literature from Haifa University, and is one of the only women sitting on the TC114 Committee for Marine Energy in IEC, which sets international standards for all electric technologies. Inna was also selected by Smithsonian Magazine as one of eight young innovators with ingenious ideas for the future of energy and featured in 3 times in WIRED Magazine for her accomplishments and contributions in the wave technology field.
Dr. Kate Cornick, CEO of Launch Vic
Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government's $60m initiative to accelerate Startups, drive new ideas, and create jobs in Victoria. LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and Startup ecosystem.
Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across Startups, academia, corporates and government. Most recently, Kate was the CEO of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX.
Malcolm Thornton, Head of Investment at cisco
Malcolm leads investments and acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand while supporting the broader Asia, Pacific, Japan corporate development teams across the region. Globally, Cisco is a major venture capital investor with an active portfolio of US$2b in over 100 direct investments and 40 funds.
Malcolm has extensive experience in the venture capital world both as investor and entrepreneur. He spent over a decade on the investment team at Starfish Ventures, one of Australia’s leading venture firms and had his first investment role with JAFCO Asia representing their investment activities in Australia. He also spent several years in the US with Platypus Technology, a high performance data storage startup.
IMOGEN BAXTER, HEAD OF COMMUNITY AT Square Peg Capital
Imogen is Head of Community at Square Peg Capital and is the current Community Curator of the Sydney Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Prior to joining Square Peg, Imogen was a founding team member and Head of Communications at Sendle, a tech startup providing logistics services for small businesses and, before this, she was the General Manager at TuShare, a peer-to-peer sharing marketplace operating in Australia.
Alon Cassuto, Chairperson of the Young AICC
Alon has been the Chairman of the Young AICC since 2010. Over the past 8 years, Alon has led the Young AICC's growth, building it into one of the most active and dynamic not-for-profits in Australia. Over this period, the Young AICC has seen hundreds of young leaders grow and develop through its programs, and thousands attend its networking events.
Alon has unique insight into Israel’s start up ecosystem and has led multiple missions and delegations to Israel. As a Culture and Leadership Consultant at Composure Group, Alon has worked with Australia's top executives and CEOs to transform their teams and organisations through the power of people and culture.
eligibility and application process
Any Startup is eligible to apply.
Applications close: 11.59pm February 20, 2018 AEST.
Applications will be screened and the candidates shortlisted to pitch on the night will be contacted. If your Startup is pre-selected, you will undergo a pitch training session to ensure you are best prepared to present at MELT.
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