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Marianne is the President of GE Ventures, based in Menlo Park, California. She is responsible for the company’s overall investment strategy spanning manufacturing & supply chain, energy & mobility, and healthcare & life sciences. Her team also creates strategic optionality for GE by investing in potentially disruptive products and services across machine learning, robotics, autonomy, security and IoT.
Marianne holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, where she also serves on the advisory board.
Amos Dor is the CTO and Pharma General Manager at Applied Materials AGS Automation Products Group. He previously served as COO of Data Analytics Group at MKS Instruments, now Sartorius. Amos holds 4 patents and 20 provisions for knowledge management system (DSI-DKL), enterprise data mining (DKL-EDM), spatial signatures (ASR) and multivariate image processing (DSI-AIR).
He has a BSc from the University of Ben Gurion in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Dr. Philipp Ulbrich is the Vice President for Scouting and Co-Investments and leader of E.ON´s co-investment team focusing on minority shareholdings in mature start-ups with the aim to bring new innovation to E.ON. He also acts as the Head of :agile, E.ON´s accelerator and seed financing vehicle. The two teams are located in Berlin, Essen, Düsseldorf and San Francisco.
Dr. Ulbrich has been with E.ON since 2006. He has been responsible for various units at the Group both in and outside Germany (e.g. France), with a variety of assignments in the fields of financing and controlling. In his most recent position, he served as project head for the Group-wide initiative, "Working Capital Excellence," through which more than a billion euros of liquid resources were freed up.
Philipp Ulbrich received his degree in Business and studied Business Administration in Ingolstadt and Sophia Antipolis (F) and then went on to receive his doctorate in corporate accounting at the Catholic University of Eichstätt.
Dov is the managing partner of Grove Ventures and is known as a pioneer of several flash memory technologies, most notably as the inventor of the USB flash drive. He was a founder and CEO of M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market. Under Dov's leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue, and was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B.
Dov has invested in many successful start-ups in the digital health, media, SaaS and IoT sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Glucome, Rapid API, TriEye and Neuroblade, and was previously the Chairman of Tower Semiconductors (NASDAQ:TSEM).
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.
Meir brings more than 28 years of experience delivering Strategic Business Transformation focused on the energy and utility industry. He has held senior management roles at major management consulting and technology organizations leading the Strategy and Business Transformation utility practices, delivering projects focused on Operational Excellence, Smart Metering/Grid, and Customer Excellence.
Meir is a partner and co-founder at Utilligent, a global consulting firm with deep functional expertise in the utility industry. He guides utilities in delivering energy and water safely to millions of customers by turning strategy into operational reality. Areas of strategic focus include the transformation of the utility business model, security and asset criticality, realizing value from Smart Grid investments, developing asset-centric operations, enabling the integration of utility scale of distributed resources, and grid modernization.
Anton Papp joined Rockwell in August of 2017 as a senior member of the Corporate Development team supporting the software business and leading the company’s efforts in forming a Corporate Venture Fund based in San Jose, California.
Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Anton was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Teradata, a market leader in data warehousing, big data analytics and marketing applications where he was responsible for investments, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and strategic partnerships. While at Teradata, Anton led, managed and acted as a board observer for Teradata’s investments numerous companies including Revolution Analytics (acquired by Microsoft) and Hortonworks (IPO’d 12/14).
Prior to that, Mr. Papp was the Vice President of Corporate Development and Global Alliances at Aprimo, a leader in on-demand integrated marketing software solutions, which he sold to Teradata for $525 million. Before Aprimo, Anton spent over a decade in investment banking advising technology companies at several investment banks in the San Francisco Bay Area including Robertson Stephens and Banc of America Securities Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Papp earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors. Anton began his career as a Naval Aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat and is a graduate of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).
Prof. Eugene Kandel is the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is an Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Prof Kandel’s primary area of academic expertise is Financial Markets, Financial Intermediaries and Corporate Governance. His research was published in the world leading Finance and Economics journals. Prof. Kandel is a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy and Research in London, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and served as Editor and Associate Editor of several leading Finance journals.
Lotan is a partner at Grove Ventures. He has been an early stage technology investor since 2012 in the areas of IoT, Digital Health and Enterprise IT, and was responsible for Grove’s investments in 3D-Signals, Lumigo and Rapid API. Prior to joining Grove, Lotan was a Strategic Consultant at TASC, an international management consultancy firm where he focused on the Telecommunication sector.
Lotan holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BA) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Start-Up Nation Central is an Israel-based non-profit, serving as a gateway to Israeli innovation. The organization leverages its in-depth knowledge of Israel’s innovation sector to connect business leaders, governments and NGOs from across the globe to the most relevant people and technologies that can address their most pressing challenges.
Founded in 2016, Grove Ventures is devoted to early-stage investments and to building tomorrow's market leaders. Grove places significant emphasis on technology, as well as on its core principle of putting people first. Grove's team, built of veteran entrepreneurs, company builders and experienced investors, provides early-stage startups the needed support to become great companies that shape the future of the world through deep technology.