This past week I was asked to speak on a panel at the WE Summit called The Art of Fundraising: Decoding the Equation. Amy Millman, the President of Springboard Enterprises was the moderator. Amy was great and I was really glad to finally put a face with the name.
The event is put on by the US Israel Business Council. This years mission was to to promote high-growth women-led Israeli businesses. There was a competition to selection three women entrepreneurs in Israel and then bring those winners to NYC to meet, greet, network and showcase their companies. The winning companies were HDH Medical that is working on creating innovative surgical solutions, Sol-Chip an innovative solar company and Tipa-Corp that is bringing a new world of biodegradable and recycable package solutions to market. Each using technology to create innovative products.
I sat on a panel with two women, Dorin Miller, a partner at the Cedar Fund and Michal Tsur a second time entrepreneur currently of Kaltura. Both women are beyond impressive. Smart, thoughtful, entrepreneurial, analytical and strategic. I am looking forward to sitting down with each of them individually in the future because certainly the conversation was for the audience and except for shaking each others hands before and after the event we really did not get a chance to talk.
Israel has always been an entrepreneurial hub. It isn't so surprising that many of the ideas that come out of Israel are ripe with new technology platforms. All Israelis serve in the military where much of that type of training takes place. I have only had the pleasure of meeting with a few Israeli companies in the past year that have contacted me about their businesses directly and we have talked on Skype. Each entrepreneur impressed me with their razor focus and intellectual intensity.
After the panel ended I spoke to a few people including the group behind the conference. It was small and intimate and I was impressed with everyone I spoke to at this event. I love that the Israeli Government is focusing their efforts on highlighting women entrepreneurs by supporting them financially and bringing them to the US to showcase their companies globally. Would love to see more countries to that.