II4: Israel's Premier
Industry 4.0 Conference

II4 brings together Israeli start-ups, industry leaders, and multinational corporates, to deliberate and discuss the digitization and evolution of manufacturing, and the influence of innovation upon the industrial sector. 

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II4: Israel's Premier
Industry 4.0 Conference

II4 fuses Israeli start-ups, industry leaders, experts, and multinational corporates, to deliberate the phenomenon that is Industry 4.0, the digitization and evolution of manufacturing, and the influence of innovation upon the industrial sector.

Israel is fast becoming an international hub of Industry 4.0 innovation, with its entrepreneurial culture and innovative ecosystem. The disruptive technological advancements for which Israel is renowned, such as AI, computer vision, cybersecurity, smart sensors, blockchain, and automation processes, are helping to change the way products are manufactured, designed, and marketed. II4 will showcase how Israel meshes its innovation capabilities to provide revolutionary solutions for international companies, and remarkable opportunities for investors.

This is your opportunity to participate in a truly unmissable event. Highlights of the conference include a range of visionary speakers, panels of industry leaders, and the opportunity to network with some of the industry’s prominent experts.

II4 is brought to you by Start-Up Nation Central, an Israel-based non-profit that serves as a gateway to Israeli innovation, together with Grove Ventures, an Israel-based Venture Capital fund.

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II4 Speakers

Grant Allen

Head of Technology Ventures, ABB Group

Grant Allen

Head of Technology Ventures, ABB Group

Allen is a Managing Director of the ABB Group (NYSE: ABB) and CEO, Head of Ventures at ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), ABB’s venture capital arm. Based out of ABB’sSilicon Valley headquarters, Grant leads ABB’s direct and fund investment activities globally and serves on ABB’s Technology Leadership Team, reportingto the Group CTO.

A VC for over a decade, he has personally led investments in Bonsai AI (acq. by Microsoft),Industrial Defender (acq. by Lockheed Martin), Validus (acq. by ABB), Persimmon Technologies (acq. by Sumitomo), Atom Power, Element Analytics, Kespry, Soft Robotics, Trilliant and Vicarious. Areas of interest include EV infrastructure and autonomy, robotics, AI, vision/sensing, advanced manufacturing, industrial IoT and cybersecurity.

Prior to ABB,Grant was with Core Capital Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on enterprise software; Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division;Jingle Networks (acq. by Marchex for $63M); a strategy consulting firm where he developed complex econometric models; and several start-ups. He is also an active angel investor (30+ personal investments) and a founding member of NextGen Venture Partners in Washington, DC (acq. by Brown Advisory).

Listed on Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist 100, and a member of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer selection committee, Allen has been an invited speaker at theSt. Gallen Symposium (St. Gallen, CH), SLUSH (Helsinki), Sting Day (Stockholm),TechCrunch Sessions (Boston), ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (Washington, DC),Global Corporate Venturing Symposium (London), Katapult Future Fest (Oslo), andat MIT, Stanford and Wharton. Allen holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.He has also completed executive education at IMD Business School in Lausanne,Switzerland.

Amos Dor

CTO & Pharma General Manager, Applied Materials AGS Automation Products Group

Amos Dor

CTO & Pharma General Manager, Applied Materials AGS Automation Products Group

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

Vice President Innovation Scouting and Co-Investing, E.ON Managing Director, E.ON :agile

Dr. Philipp Ulbrich

Vice President Innovation Scouting and Co-Investing, E.ON Managing Director, E.ON :agile

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 Moran

Managing Partner, Grove Ventures Inventor, USB drive

Dov Moran

Managing Partner, Grove Ventures Inventor, USB drive

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 Shargal

Partner and Co-Founder, Utilligent

Meir Shargal

Partner and Co-Founder, Utilligent

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.

Thomas Gottschalk

BASF 4.0 Cluster Head Smart Innovation & Technologies, BASF

Thomas Gottschalk

BASF 4.0 Cluster Head Smart Innovation & Technologies, BASF

Dr. Gottschalk is the Cluster Head for Smart Innovation & Smart Technologies within the BASF 4.0 team. The BASF 4.0 project leads the digital transformation in chemicals; adding value for our customers through digitally enabled products and services.

Thomas drives significant parts of this initiative and reports to the Chief Digital Officer. His cluster team executes over 30 explorative lighthouse projects and scale-up programs of proven solutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. The cluster’s team also further define BASF’s cooperation mode with start-ups and digital service providers to ensure forceful and timely execution.

Thomas has been with BASF since 2009. He joined BASF as a formulation research Scientist in the central research unit in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He continued to promote the build up of research teams for physical chemistry / formulation and mathematics (operations research, statistics, business analytics) in Shanghai, China.

Thomas was born in Neumarkt, Germany. After studying chemistry and political science in Erlangen, London, and Los Angeles, he earned his doctorate in physical organic chemistry from ETH Zurich.

Zviya Baron

Head, HANGAR Innovation Lab, BEDEK Aviation Group, Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI)

Zviya Baron

Head, HANGAR Innovation Lab, BEDEK Aviation Group, Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI)

Zviya Baron is the Head of HANGAR, a commercial aviation innovation lab powered by the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), the leading Israeli aerospace $4bl. company. In that role, she initiated an open-innovation model customized to the needs of a state-owned company and start-ups alike.

In that role, she is responsible for the introduction of new technologies to IAI's commercial aviation division, in the space of industry 4.0, such as IoT, AI, robotics, inspection and operational excellence. HANGAR operates as a gateway to the aerospace industry providing all the necessary tools for success for companies outside this space, through partnership, commercialization of defense technologies and on-site pilots.

Zviya has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the Israeli innovation eco-system, as a start up veteran and consultant to both multi-national organizations and government agencies alike in designing and executing innovation strategies on different scales.

She holds a B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the Erasmus University of the Netherlands.

Steve Miller

Director of Product Owners - Software & Automation, Merck

Steve Miller

Director of Product Owners - Software & Automation, Merck

Steve Miller is the Product Owner in the Software & Automation team within the Life Science Division of Merck which is the global market leader in BioProcessing tools. The Software & Automation team deliver products across the entire BioContinuum that help pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop drugs safely, effectively and cost-efficiently.

In this role he leads a team that translates the challenges faced by our customers when integrating complex automated systems into their manufacturing environments that allows R&D develop new products and services.  His team ensures that new technologies from other industries are leveraged to anticipate the evolving customer need and that Merck platforms are ready to support trends such as Industry 4.0.

Steve has over 23 years’ experience in various Life Science positions and previously working for Roche Diagnostics in a Global Marketing role. The last major project was to develop and launch the CoaguChek® Link platform which is designed to bring patients and caregivers together with an online platform that allows total coagulation self management.

Steve was also a champion of open connectivity standards such as POCT-1A supporting the implementation into devices and middleware platforms at Roche Diagnostics. He worked across the Diagnostics industry and with customers to enable healthcare institutions implement regulatory compliant decentralised testing strategies to manage users, equipment whilst ensuring that results generated out of the laboratory could be safely used, billed and integrated in the patient medical record.

Alexandre Bonay

Managing Partner, Siemens Dynamo

Alexandre Bonay

Managing Partner, Siemens Dynamo

Alex is an experienced intrapreneur and Managing Partner of Siemens Dynamo, a commercialization program for Israelis startups into the Siemens eco system.

With 28 years of experience with industrial automation in France, Switzerland and Germany in different management positions he was selected to lead an innovation project about virtual reality, integrating tools from the gaming startup eco system to the software division of Siemens, which leaded to his current assignment in Israel.

With his relocation to Tel-Aviv in March 2017 and together with 3 other partners, Tali Segall, Ran Livnat and Haim Piratinskiy, he build up Siemens Dynamo as a bridge between Israeli Startups and the industrial division of Siemens.

Jonathan Pulitzer

Managing Director of Israel, GE Ventures

Jonathan Pulitzer

Managing Director of Israel, GE Ventures

Jonathan Pulitzer is the Managing Director of Israel for GE Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Electric. In this capacity, he covers investments across the nexus of the industrial and digital markets. He also leads European investments in the energy technology sector. Jonathan has been making venture and growth capital investments in the US, Israel and Europe for GE for the last 11 years. Notable recent exits include SolarEdge (Nasdaq: SEDG), TPI Composites (Nasdaq: TPIC) and Emefcy (ASX: EMC). In Israel, GE currently has 11 active investments. He joined GE in 2005 with the Financial Management Program where he served various business functions across GE Capital, including Commercial Aviation Services, Capital Markets and Equity, while completing GE’s executive training program in finance. Jonathan is a Kauffman Fellow and was selected the #2 Rising Star in Corporate VC by Global Corporate Venturing in 2018. Jonathan earned his BA in economics and business from New York University. He lives in Israel with his family.

Anton Papp

Investments and Corporate Development, Rockwell Automation

Anton Papp

Investments and Corporate Development, Rockwell Automation

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).

Murray Grainger

Managing Director and Head, Honeywell Ventures

Murray Grainger

Managing Director and Head, Honeywell Ventures

Murray Grainger is the Managing Director and Head of Honeywell Ventures. Murray joined Honeywell in 2004, and has served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility across Honeywell’s global business units.

Murray has a strong track record in general management, finance, business development,investor relations, and strategic marketing at Honeywell. He is a proven leader within many of Honeywell’s businesses and functions and has a thorough knowledge of the Company’s technology portfolio. Most recently, Murray led the integration of Intelligrated, a $1.5 billion acquisition completed by Honeywell in 2016, which was one of the largest deals ever completed by the Company. His deep expertise in evaluating operations, commercial opportunities and technology road maps gives him a keen ability to identify promising partnership opportunities for Honeywell Ventures.

Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sydney and a master of business administration from Columbia University.

Emek Sadot

CEO, FSIGHT

Emek Sadot

CEO, FSIGHT

Mr. Emek Sadot is the CEO of FSIGHT, a company providing Distributed Energy Resource Management SaaS solutions.

Before joining Foresight, Mr. Sadot worked at the Israeli Public Utility Authority and served as a consultant in the field of Smart Grid, Electric Vehicles and Batteries for European utilities and the private sector.

For 5 years, Mr. Sadot was a Senior Director and Head of the Energy Services and Battery group at Better Place. Prior to that, Mr. Sadot was the R&D Manager and CTO for Avaya USA, leading the Smart Grid, Security, Wireless, and Mobility divisions.

Hilary Flynn

Director of Incubation, National Grid Ventures

Hilary Flynn

Director of Incubation, National Grid Ventures

Hilary Flynn is Director of Incubation at National Grid Ventures where she works with, and invests in,early-stage startups. Prior to joining National Grid, Hilary was a Managing Consultant for Lux Research, an emerging technology advisory firm, and was responsible for the Asia Pacific consulting practice.

Hilary was previously the Director if International Business at Meister Consultants Group where she advised investment and development banks on energy policy. She has also held positions with MJ Bradley & Associates and PHOTON Consulting, and holds board seats at the Worcester Cleantech Incubator and Elemental Excelerator.

Hilary earned her MS in computer modelling of energy policy at Washington State University and her BS from Rutgers University. She also holds a certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT. 

Dr. Ruth Dagan

Partner, Head of Industrial Manufacturing and Environmental Law, Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office

Dr. Ruth Dagan

Partner, Head of Industrial Manufacturing and Environmental Law, Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office

Ruth heads the Industrial Manufacturing and Environmental Law practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman.

She advises business corporations in the industrial manufacturing, energy and oil and gas sectors on operational risk management and regulatory compliance as well as environmental regulation and licensing.

Ruth frequently consults manufacturing corporations on Industry 4.0 adoption processes and is the founder of Project Flywheel, an initiative connecting manufacturers with Industry 4.0 innovative technologies.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Tel-Aviv University, Master’s degrees in Law and in Management (LLM, MSc) from New York University, and a doctorate in law (JSD) from New York University.

She is licensed to practice law in Israel (1995) and New York (1997).

Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

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.

David Gilmour

Vice President, Business Development at BP Group Technology

David Gilmour

Vice President, Business Development at BP Group Technology

After graduating with MA, D.Phil in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University in 1986, David joined ICI Paints asa chemist formulating paint for use in the automotive crash-repair industry.David moved into product and brand management and into key account management with the major automotive companies. In 1996, David joined Burmah Castrol torun the Marine lubricants business in the UK and stayed for the next 12 years as the business became the leading player in the marine lubricants industry.  During this time David held a number of different roles as Marketing and Technology Director, Strategy Director, Performance UnitLeader and Global Sales Director.

In 2009, David joined Air BP as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing major transformation, including driving innovation through new partnerships and venturing. In 2016, David joined group technology, with responsibility for BP Ventures, technology commercialisation& strategy, planning and communications. David has been instrumental in BP’s strategic decision to increase its venturing activities in support of the company’s transition to lower carbon, and is now accountable for venturing investments.

David is married to Amanda and has three children, Matthew, Jonathan and Natalie and is based in Windsor, UK.

Andrew Bolwell

VP, Chief Disrupter, Global Head of HP Tech Ventures HP, Inc.

Andrew Bolwell

VP, Chief Disrupter, Global Head of HP Tech Ventures HP, Inc.

AndrewBolwell is VP and Global Head of HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm ofHP, where he and his team identify promising, leading-edge technology startupsand pursue strategic investments and partnerships to help those companies bringproducts to market and scale as they grow. The US and Israel based team focuses on global, early stage investmentsin industry shifting trends—Hypermobility, Internet of All Things, 3Dtransformation, immersive experiences, security and artificial intelligence. Liaisingwith HP Labs, business groups, customers and partners, Andrew is defining newmarket segments, products and business models that will help shape HP’s futuregrowth.  

Asone of HP’s lead futurists, Andrew is also responsible for HP thoughtleadership and industry evangelism. In this role Andrew is a sought afterkeynote speaker, recognized futurist, blogger and HP spokesperson for globalmegatrends, new business creation, innovation, emerging technology trends andnew, disruptive technologies. He has been widely quoted in the New York Times,USA Today, The Financial Times, The Economist, Reuters, CNET, Information Weekand The Inquirer, among other. He has also appeared as a spokesperson andindustry expert on ABC News with Charles Gibson and ABC News Now.

Priorto this role, Andrew was General Manager of a number of HP businesses,including co-founder and CEO of MagCloud, a self-publishing Web Service fromHP.  In this position he guidedMagCloud’s evolution from early HP Labs concept to a fast growing onlinepublishing business.  Andrew built and manageda global team, and pioneered partnerships with commercial publishers, smallbusinesses and print service providers to grow MagCloud into one of today’s premiercloud-based, self-publishing services.

Andrewis a graduate of the Venture Capital Executive Program at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and the Accelerated LeadershipExecutive Program at Harvard Business School. He graduated magna cum laude fromMonash University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ComputerScience and Electrical Engineering. A native Australian, Andrew has lived andworked in the US, Australia, and Japan. He currently resides in Santa Cruz,California with his wife and two daughters.

Mark Yeomans

Supply Chain Strategy Leader European Center of Excellence, EY

Mark Yeomans

Supply Chain Strategy Leader European Center of Excellence, EY

Mark is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s European supply chain centre of excellence and has over 30 years supply chain experience in industry and consulting.
Following an initial Manufacturing career with Pirelli Tyres Mark joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1987. Mark has severed as a Supply Chain Strategy Leader for EY, PwC and IBM.  While with IBM, Mark served on the Industry Panel, selecting software acquisitions that were suitable for Industrialisation and Ramp Up. Today his special focus is the application of Digital Technologies in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Processes.

Guy Hilton

General Manager, Start-Up Nation Central

Guy Hilton

General Manager, Start-Up Nation Central

With more than 15 years of marketing and management experience, Guy Hilton leads strategy, research, partnerships and engagements, product, and marketing at Start-Up Nation Central and is in charge of the organization's day-to-day operations. Previously, Mr. Hilton was Start-Up Nation Central’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for both Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining Start-Up Nation Central, Mr. Hilton served as the Head of Marketing for Amdocs Portfolio, where he helped leading service providers devise their marketing and pricing strategies to better differentiate themselves in the market. Mr. Hilton transformed Amdocs’ marketing organization, bringing it into the digital marketing era. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hilton worked at Kodak and Microsoft, where he won awards for marketing excellence.

Ash Mehra

Senior Director Supply Chain Technology, Mondelez

Ash Mehra

Senior Director Supply Chain Technology, Mondelez

Ash Mehra is the IT & Solutions Lead, Integrated Supply Chain, R&D, Quality and Innovation for Global Supply Chain and RD&Q for Mondelēz International.  Ash is responsible for leveraging IS to help Mondelez achieve its business goals to drive profitable share growth.  Ash led the creation of Digital Supply Chain which is the IS strategy to support the supply chain re-invention program which is a big driver of margin expansion in the company.

Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Ash was the Chief Information Officer of Chobani, based out of New York, USA.  In this role Ash’s major focus was to improve operational excellence by focusing on the proper use of basic transactional systems with the needed discipline to drive up Inventory Record Accuracy, reduce collections and ensure food safety.

Ash has more than two decades of experience working in across Information Technology  and Services within Procter & Gamble.  With his diverse background in varied locales such as Singapore, Manila, Mumbai and Cincinnati, Ohio, Ash’s career has focused on establishing and delivering business solutions for finance, sales and supply chain (operations, purchasing, logistics and customer service).   His knowledge of ERP systems together with his business and technology expertise, has placed him in an excellent position to lead IT teams to build infrastructure, policies, project prioritization and system implementations. Ash likes to make big things happen and is often associated with the creation and delivery of large programs.  Ash likes to be seen as a culturally connected global leader.

Dror Nahumi

General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners

Dror Nahumi

General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners

Dror brings to Norwest more than 20 years of operational, technology and entrepreneurial experience, having worked extensively in both the U.S. and in Israel in various senior positions at leading global organizations. Dror most recently invested in and serves on the boards of CyberX, Cynet, Gong, Personali, SundaySky, VAST Data, Weka.IO, and Wiliot. Dror has served as aboard member of Veraz Networks since 2004. Dror was a previous board participant at Fireglass (acquired by Symantec), Pontis (acquired by Amdocs), ScaleIO (acquired by EMC), Seculert (acquired by Radware), SolarEdge (Nasdaq:SEDG) Unisfair (acquired by InterCall), and Velostrata (acquired by Google) and was a board observer for ConteXtream (acquired by HP). At Norwest, Dror focuseson multi-stage (seed to pre-IPO) and multi-domain (enterprise, cloud, consumer,semi) investments in Israel.

Prior to joining Norwest, Dror served as executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer of ECI, which he joined in 2004. In this role, he was responsible forECI’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, business development, and strategic marketing.

Before joining ECI, Dror was CEO of Axonlink, an optical components start-up company.Prior to Axonlink, he was President of I-Link, a US-based VoIP service provider which acquired MiBridge, the VoIP software company he founded.

Dror was also a senior research engineer at AT&T Bell Labs where he developed voice and video compression technologies, including the speech coder that is now the standard for CDMA cellular in North America.

Dror holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.

Shay Benchorin

Director of Cloud-Services Platform at Mentor Graphics, Siemens

Shay Benchorin

Director of Cloud-Services Platform at Mentor Graphics, Siemens

Shay manages theMindSphere Reference Designs team, an organization tasked with creating completeend-to-end designs for key MindSphere customers. Shay joined Siemens with theacquisition of Mentor Graphics, where he was the business unit director of the CloudServices Platform. Shay has over 30 years of experience with companies such asNational Semiconductor and Synopsys. Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Shay wasfounder and CEO of Virtio, a Silicon Valley startup company that enabled earlydevelopment of software for cell phones. Shay eventually sold Virtio toSynopsys after over six years of successful operation. Shay is also an active angelinvestor in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as an advisor for startups atthe Alchemist Accelerator. Shay holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and aMaster of Business Administration degrees from San Jose University.

Yogev Katzir

Managing Director, INFRALAB

Yogev Katzir

Managing Director, INFRALAB

Yogev Katzir is the Managing Director of INFRALAB, part of the open innovation labs program of the Israel Innovation Authority, which is powered by Enel, a global leading energy provider and Shikun & Binui, the leading infrastructure and real estate group in Israel. Also at Shikun& Binui, prior to this, Mr. Katzir held the positions of SustainabilityManager and, more latterly, Innovation Director. He was Professional Advisor to the Director General at the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, after working as the Environmental Team Manager at Pareto Engineering Ltd. Mr. Katzir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies fromTel Aviv University.

Lotan Levkowitz

Partner, Grove Ventures

Lotan Levkowitz

Partner, Grove Ventures

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.

Yariv Geller

CEO, vHive

Yariv Geller

CEO, vHive

Yariv Geller, CEO and co-founder of vHive,brings over 21 years of expertise in developing markets for innovative products, technology strategy and execution.

Geller was previously CMO of Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI), a large IT corporation for the telecom industry. Before that,Geller managed marketing and business development at Polychromix (acquired by Thermo-Fischer Scientific), a technology startup in the domain of advanced material sensing. Before that, he was a Team-Leader at POC Consulting, managing strategy, marketing and business development for tech startups and corporations.

Geller holds degrees in Physics and Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University (TAU) and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ariel Rosenfeld

CEO, 3DSignals

Ariel Rosenfeld

CEO, 3DSignals

Ariel Rosenfeld is the CEO of 3DSignals. He previously served as a SVP at M-Systems (NSDQ:FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market. Under his management of the DiskOnKey, his business unit grew from single to triple digit revenues in 3 years. After M-Systems, Rosenfeld developed algorithms for automated transactions in the stock market.

As a person that likes challenges he's also a competitive ultra-marathon runner that participates and wins races in Israel and internationally. Rosenfeld holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial and Management engineering at Tel-Aviv University.

Lior Akavia

CEO, Seebo

Lior Akavia

CEO, Seebo

Lior Akavia is a driven entrepreneur, focused on integrating the physical and digital worlds to drive meaningful business impact. Lior co-founded Seebo in 2012 and serves as CEO. Prior to Seebo, Lior successfully launched Playfect (acquired), delivering value to investors, employees, and the market. 

Lior possesses a deep understanding of complex systems, combined with the innate ability to analyze markets and translate technology to business opportunities. A strategic thinker who can intuit 'where the ball is going' -especially in the rapidly changing field of Industrial IoT. 

Lior holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (earned at age 19).

Carlos Benaim

CEO, Deep Learning Robotics

Carlos Benaim

CEO, Deep Learning Robotics

Carlos Benaim is the founder and CEO of Deep Learning Robotics. He has extensive technological and senior managerial experience in areas of computer science, information technology, robotics and automation. He has managed multi-disciplinary teams in USA,Europe and South America in areas of software, automation and robotics developments projects.

Before founding Deep Learning Robotics, Mr. Benaim founded and managed RoboLogics a company that developed a unique technology that enables a user to control a robot using gaze.

Before that, Mr. Benaim was Vice-President of Information Technology at Quark Pharmaceuticals. Before Quark, he held several senior managerial and technological positions in areas of computerization and automation in petrochemical manufacturing companies of the group of Global 500 PDVSA.

Mr. Benaim holds an M.Sc. in Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).

Aviran Yaacov

CEO and Co-founder, EcoPlant

Aviran Yaacov

CEO and Co-founder, EcoPlant

Mr. Aviran Yaacov is the CEO and Co-founder of EcoPlant, a revolutionary company providing an Artificial Intelligence cloud-based platform that saves energy and optimizes peripheral equipment operations.

In the past 12 years, Mr. Yaacov led complex and long B2B sale cycles in the IT industry. Before joining EcoPlant, Mr. Yaacov served as a consultant in the field of Information Systems, ERP and business development for SAP as a B1 Gold Partner. As a former captain of a basketball team, he believes that the path to success depends on many aspects in building a winning team. Mr. Yaacov holds an Executive MBA from Colman.

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8:00-9:00
Gathering and Registration

9:00-9:20
Opening Remarks

Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central Dov Moran, Managing Partner of Grove Ventures

Guy Hilton, General Manager of Start-Up Nation Central
Dov Moran, Managing Partner of Grove Ventures

9:20-9:55
Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Grant Allen, Head of Technology Ventures, ABB Group interviewed by Lotan Levkowitz, Partner, Grove Ventures

09:55-10:35
How to Build a Successful Collaboration

The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings many questions and challenges to all the players involved. How can a start-up develop a healthy and empowering partnership with a global corporate?

Moderator:

Dr. Ruth Dagan, Partner, Head of Industrial Manufacturing and Environmental Law, Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office

Speakers:

Amos Dor, CTO & Pharma General Manager, Applied Materials AGS Automation Products Group
Murray Grainger
, Managing Director and Head, Honeywell Ventures
Yogev Katzir
, Managing Director, INFRALAB
Steve Miller
, Director of Product Owners, Software & Automation, Merck

10:35-11:00
Networking Coffee Break

11:00-11:30
Israeli Start-Up Showcase #1

Three promising Israeli start-ups will give the audience a glimpse into their innovation, product, market activities, and success stories.

11:30-12:00
Funding and M&A

Unlike in other technology sectors, the Industry 4.0 ecosystem investors and entrepreneurs are still lacking the “text-book” metrics to evaluate start-up success.

In this panel we will discuss with investors their theories and expectations from start-ups in this ecosystem. We will learn from the acquirer perspective about what competitive edge they are looking for when collaborating with or acquiring a start-up.

Moderator:

Lotan Levkowitz, Partner, Grove Ventures

Speakers:

Dror Nahumi, General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners
Anton Papp, Investments and CorporateDevelopment, Rockwell Automation
Dr. Philipp Ulbrich, Vice President Innovation Scouting and Co-Investing,E.ON and Managing Director, E.ON :agile

12:00-13:00
Lunch & B2B Networking Meetings

Investors, multi-national corporates, innovators, and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to engage with one another in meaningful networking discussions in our allocated B2B meeting space.

The B2B platform will be available before the event, to allow for pre-event interactions and a tailor-made networking experience.

13:00-13:20
Israeli Start-Up Showcase #2

Two promising Israeli start-ups will give the audience a glimpse into their innovation, product, market activities, and success stories.

13:20-13:50
Energy and Industry 4.0

Energy firms are facing dramatic challenges in recent years, requirements to cut costs, obligations to increase productivity, and the movement from centralized to decentralized grids are key drivers for the industry’s recent appetite for innovation and its rapid adoption of new technologies. This panel will discuss how Industry 4.0 solutions can provide an answer and what future opportunities await startups active in this field.

Moderator:

Meir Shargal, Partner and Co-Founder, Utiligent

Speakers:

Hilary Flynn, Director of Incubation, National Grid Ventures
David Gilmour, Vice President, Business Development at BP Group Technology
Emek Sadot, CEO, Fsight

13:50-14:20
Smart Factories

<p class="MsoNormal">The smart factory represents a leap forward from <span lang="EN-GB">the</span> traditional automation <span lang="EN-GB">systems into </span>a fully connected and flexible system—one that can use a constant stream of data from connected operations <span lang="EN-GB">by utilizing artificial intelligence </span>and <span lang="EN-GB">sensor fusion t</span>o learn and adapt to new demands<span lang="EN-GB">, detect anomalies and even self-repair</span>.<span lang="EN-GB"> T</span>his integration <span lang="EN-GB">of data and machines </span>is colloquially known as the smart factory, and signifies the opportunity to drive greater value both within the four walls of the factory and across the supply network. <span lang="EN-GB">In this panel we will discuss topics of Digital Supply Chain, Smart Machines and discuss the shifting</span> from linear, sequential <span lang="EN-GB">data feed </span>to an interconnected, open system of supply operations<span lang="EN-GB"> that </span>could lay the foundation for how companies compete in the future. <o:p></o:p></p>

The smart factory represents a leap forward from the traditional automation systems into a fully connected and flexible
system—one that can use a constant stream of data from connected operations by utilizing artificial intelligence and sensor fusion to learn and adapt to new demands, detect anomalies and even self-repair. This integration of data and machines is colloquially known as the smart factory, and signifies the opportunity to drive greater value both within the four walls of the factory and across the supply network. In this panel we will discuss topics of Digital Supply Chain, Smart Machines and discuss the shifting from linear, sequential data feed to an interconnected, open system of supply operations that could lay the foundation for how companies compete in the future.

Moderator:

Mark Yeomans, Supply Chain Strategy Leader European Center of Excellence, EY

Speakers:

Shay Benchorin, Director of Cloud-Services Platform at Mentor Graphics, Siemens
Zviya Baron
, Head, HANGAR Innovation Lab, BEDEK Aviation Group, Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI)
Ash Mehra, Senior Director Supply Chain Technology, Mondelez
Jonathan Pulitzer, Managing Director, GE Ventures

14:20-14:50
How Does the Future Look from Here?

Significant advances in technology, including artificial intelligence, analytics, Internet of Things, robotics and additive manufacturing, are shifting the capabilities and value proposition of global manufacturing. Opportunities for differentiation and for achieving growth through superior customer experiences arise. On the other hand, emerging challenges associated with increasing labor and energy costs, restrictions on trade and complex supply chains are influencing global production and associated distribution decisions. These combined forces create significant incentives for global players to adopt and lead Industry 4.0 initiatives domestically and internationally. In this panel, key global corporates will share how they work to shape the future of the offerings they make to their customers, their manufacturing, logistics and operations and how startups can contribute to the fourth industrial revolution.

Hosted by: Prof. Eugene Kandel, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

Speakers:

Alexandre Bonay, Managing Partner, Siemens Dynamo
Thomas Gottschalk, BASF 4.0 Cluster Head Smart Innovation & Technologies, BASF
Andrew Bolwell, VP, Chief Disrupter, Global Head of HP Tech Ventures HP, Inc.

14:50-15:00
Summary & Closing Remarks

Panels

Cybersecurity Panel

While the rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 by manufacturers makes the industrial sector more efficient, smart and interconnected, it also makes the industry much more vulnerable to cyberattacks that now have far more extensive effects than ever before. As one of the leading innovation verticals in Israel, cybersecurity entrepreneurs are now aiming to solve these risks and advance the industry's ability of manufacturers to implement advance Industry 4.0 solutions.

Pricing


Whats included:

Visionary Speakers
Panels of Industry Leaders
Networking Coffee Break & Lunch
B2B Meeting Space
Start-Up Showcase

Registration

STANDARD fee

$140/500 NIS

Start-Up

SPECIAL fee

$55/200 NIS

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Central

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.

Grove Ventures

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.

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