The Business Leadership Forum

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Creating a Thriving Eco-System for Innovation:  an informative and inspiring day at the Hebrew University’s Edmond J. Safra Campus
Transportation: Bus will leave from the Inbal Hotel at 8:30 am and then pick up from the King David Hotel followed by the David Citadel Hotel (approx. 2 minutes between hotels).
9:00 – 11:00 am                                                                                                        
Shark Tank Panel
The Innovation Panel will bring together entrepreneurs, founders, and funders, as well as established businesses to talk about today’s best practices and tomorrow’s most exciting trends. Panelists represent the best of Israeli innovation and will discuss what makes Jerusalem and Israel a successful technological ecosystem.
Young faculty members will have a unique opportunity to present their entrepreneurial ideas to the expert panel of judges. Who will have the next big idea? Audience participation is encouraged.
The panel will include: 
  • Izhar Shay, Israeli high-tech entrepreneur, venture capital investor and HU alumnus
  • Harel Beit-On, Israeli seasoned executive with over 30 years of management leadership in the IT industry and an extensive investment and exit record
  • Orna Berry, Vice President of Dell EMC, and the General Manager of Israel Center of Excellence
  • Marius Nacht – Co Founder, Check Point and HU alumnus
  • Oren Shoval, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Via and HU alumnus
  • Moderator: Dr. Yaron Daniely, CEO & President, Yissum, Hebrew University’s technology transfer company 
Special Presentations
  • Zeev Farbman – CEO, Lightricks
  • Yossi Vardi, Israeli entrepreneur, often referred to as the Israeli high-tech guru
11:00 – 11:20 am
Break – Refreshments
11:20 am – 12:40 pm                                                                                                                  
“Be the Investor”
We give you a million… you play with it…
An interactive investment simulation game with timed, speed meetings between participants and HU alumni entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs will include:
12:50 – 1:10 pm
Dr. Yaron Daniely, CEO & President of Yissum 
Presentation of Prizes to winning companies
Address:  Promoting Hebrew University Entrepreneurship
1:10 – 1:45 pm                                                                                           
Guest Lecture by Brigadier General (res) Dr. Danny Gold
Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Danny Gold is the head of MAFAT, the Israeli Defense Forces’ Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure. Brig. Gen. Gold will showcase the Talpiot program, an elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training program based at the Hebrew University. He will also present the army as a unique incubator for the creation of advanced technologies.
2:00 – 2:45 pm
At the University’s Belgium House, Faculty Club
2:45 – 3:45 pm                                                                                                            
Exclusive exposition of The Albert Einstein Archives                                                        
Participants will get a glimpse of original documents that few people in the world have seen.
Hanoch Gutfreund, Professor Emeritus in theoretical physics, former University President, and currently the Academic Director of the Archives, will present the exposition.
3:45 – 4:15 pm
Coffee & Dessert