THE CHALLENGE
23 JULY, 2019 • TEL AVIV
REGISTRATION CLOSE!

The Prizes

$250,000 Investment from TAU ventures

6 months membership @WeWork Shoken + Pass to The Merage Institute Leadership Program worth $30,000

3 months membership @WeWork Labs at London Ministore

Or Meiri

Manager

Dror Tamir

Moderator :Room 1

Rinat Gershfeld

Moderator: Room 2

About the Challenge

“The Challenge” is the biggest start-up competition in Israel. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurs apply to vie for the prize: an investment of  $250,000 by TAU Ventures.

Since the first conference, which was held in 2011, the companies that won the start-up competition have raised millions of dollars. Typically obtaining the investment within months of winning the competition.

The competition is divided into a number of verticals such as AI, Smart Mobility, FinTech and more, though only one startup ultimately wins the investment. From hundreds of the start-ups who are expected to apply to the  competition, our judges will choose 70 start-ups that will participate at the semi-final stage at the first day of the summit at 23 of July.

Two weeks before the summit, there will be held a ‘Demo Day’ event. At this event the entrepreneurs of the start-ups that were accepted to the competition will present their initiatives in a pitch of several minutes, for an audience of senior high-tech professionals, accountants, lawyers, body language experts, business experts and more, in order to receive professional and reliable feedback before the major competition.Then, the start-ups entrepreneurs will pitch throughout the day in front of large crowd and selected judges from the very top of the Israeli eco-system. The winner will be announced at the peak of the summit.

Startup Registration

DEMO DAY SCHEDULE

Day 1
14 Jul 2019
Day 2
15 Jul 2019

Demo Day

The selected startups will have the opportunity to present and practice their presentation in front of experts mentors in order to receive feedback.
* 35 Startups each day

Demo Day

The selected startups will have the opportunity to present and practice their presentation in front of experts mentors in order to receive feedback
* 35 Startups each day

SEMI FINAL SCHEDULE @TEL AVIV STOCK EXCHANGE

Day 1
23 Jul 2019

Digital Health

DR. Refael Barkan

AI

BlockChain

Fintech

eCommerce

Media

Smart Mobility

Automotive

Cyber

IOT

15:00-16:00

Break

Evening Cocktail + Investors Panel

Nimrod Cohen
Ruti Levy
Lior Navon
Tal Slobodkin
Lior Simon
Dafna Winocur Biran
Yanai Oron

Announcing the Finalists for The Challenge 2019

THE JUDGES

Han Rabinovitz

Growth strategy @Scale

NOFAR AMIKAM

VP Value creation @Glilot Capital

Adi Yarel Toledano

Partner & CFO @TLV Partners

Refaella Goichman

Tech Journalist @TheMarker

Amir S. Iliescu

Partner @Shibolet & Co.

David Balsar

General Manager Innovation and Ventures @MEKORO

Keren Maimon

Managing Partner @Brilliance Ventures

Ran Goldi

CEO @First Digital Assets Group

Kevin Baxpehler

Managing Partner @Remagine Ventures

Julia Shteingart

Managing Director @Capsula Tau

Zviya Baron

Head @HANGAR Innovation Lab

Hans Shakur

Founder & Director @ Ascend Foundry & MobileMonday Nazareth

Orit Stav

Managing Partner @Israel Innovation Partners

Alisa Mesh Iliescu

Managing Director @MedTech Raanana Innovation Center

Mor Barak

Head of WeWork Labs Israel @WeWork

Omer Vered

Co-founder @Streets Hub

Or Haviv

Partner & CIO @Arieli Capital

Dr. Sharon Rashi-Elkeles‏

CEO & Co-founder @EVE - Femtech Hub LT

Omri Levavi

TLV Director @Startup Grind

Yoav Tzuker

CIO @Natural Intelligence

Eti Finkelstein

Alumni director @Merage

Adi Stein

Alumni director @Merage

Yishay Aizik

Executive Director @Merage institute

Nir Lotan

CEO @Sea-gal yacht club

Tal Catran

Accelerators Guru & International Keynote Speaker, Start-Up Ecosystem Builder

Ishay Green

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Ofir Azury

Head of Technology Investments @Gandyr Investment

Emanuel Timor

General Partner @Vertex Ventures

Tami Bronner

Executive in Residence @Vertex Ventures

Zvika orron

Partner@Viola Ventures

Yaniv golan

General Partner @Lool ventures

Tal Barnoach

General Partner @Disruptive VC

Sivan Shamri Dahan

Partner @Qumra Capital

Roi Bar-Kat

Invt. Director @Intel Capital

ran achituv

Managing Partner @Entrée capital

Ornit Shinar

Head of Venture Invt. @Citi Israel

Nir adler

General Partner @SOMV

Natalie Refua

Partner @Viola Growth

lotan levkowitz

Partner@Grove Ventures

liron azrielant

General Partner @Meron Capital

Irit Kahan

Managing Director @DTCP Israel

Idit Muallem-Yedid

Partner @Pitango

Gil canaani

General Partner @Hearst Ventures

Erez ofer

Partner @83north

eran wagner

Managing Partner @i3 equity

daniel shinar

CEO @Claltech

Daniel Karp

Head of Israel @Cisco Invt.

Barak Pridor

Managing Partner @Saban Ventures

Assaf Harel

General Partner @IGP

Asaf Horesh

Partner @Vintage

Khouloud Ayouti

Co-CEO @Presentense

Yael Rozencwajg

CEO @Blockchain Israel

Eran Savir

Managing Director @Intango Ventures

Yair Sakov

Managing Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

Yaniv Shiryon

Co Founder and CEO @ExitValley

Shir Agassi

Managing Director @9900 Alumni Association

Dr Hadas lewy

Head of Digital Health Ventures @HIT

Amos Talmor

Partner @Innolab

Omri Cohen

Head of special projects and Africa operations @Frontier

Eric Banoun

Angel Investor, Serial Entrepreneur

Karin Schnaiderman

Business Operations Manager @Tau Ventures

Shira Gal

VP Business Developement @Tau Ventures

DR. Refael Barkan

Head Of Research & Innovation @HIT

Nimrod Cohen

Managing Partner @TAU Ventures

Lital Leshem

Executive Director, Global Business Development @Frontier

Nadav Gross

Technical Training Manager @Lubinski

Shachar Bester

Technical & training department Manager @Lubinski

Kobi Samboursky

Managing Partner @Glilot

Tal Slobodkin

Managing Partner @StageOne Ventures

The Speakers

Maya Gershon

VP, Head of Growth Israel @WeWork

DR. Refael Barkan

Head Of Research & Innovation @HIT

Nimrod Cohen

Managing Partner @TAU Ventures

Ruti Levy

High-Tech Correspondent @TheMarker

Lior Navon

Head Of Sales and Markets Development @TASE

Tal Slobodkin

Managing Partner @StageOne Ventures

Lior Simon

Head of Israel @Arbor Ventures

Dafna Winocur Biran

Partner @JANVEST Capital Partners

Yanai Oron

General Partner @Vertex Ventures

Founders

 
TheMarker
TauInnovation
 

SPONSORS

 
LUBINSKI
HIT
Agadir
gotfriends
Tel Aviv University
newrelic.com
Shibolet
 

Partners

 
IVC
HIT
Iati
Sea Gal
Stock exchange
HitechIsrael
TAUVentures
Frankfurt
Medtech
circles
Merage
Wework
accelerators
HubEtzion
TAU AGU
Nielsen
Startup Grind
TECH7
Entrepreneurship Center