Connected with Israel - Tel Aviv’s startup playbook: What can we learn?

The launch of Connected Series of Talks

On the 29th of October, Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre launched its Connected series of talks targeting the main actors and stakeholders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Cyprus. The aim of the Connected series is to inspire these actors by presenting to them good practices in the field of entrepreneurship from different parts of the world.

The first event of the Connected series was entitled Connected with Israel – Tel Aviv’s Playbook: What can we learn? The event was held under the auspices of the Embassy of Israel and her Excellency the Ambassador of Israel Yael Ravia-Zadok delivered a welcome address.

During the event, three exceptional speakers from Israel gave presentations and engaged in a stimulating discussion with the audience sharing their experiences, from the investor point of view. The guest speakers were:

  • Nimrod Cohen: A serial entrepreneur in the web and mobile industries. A Venture Partner at Plus Venture, and heading the Explore. Dream. Discover. Incubator, with over 30 investments in portfolio companies in the last three years.
  • Tal Chen: An Israeli Technology dots connector. Focusing on establishing business relationships between Israeli tech companies, foreign investors, strategic partners and potential buyers. Leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry group of Deloitte Israel.
  • Yossi Korakin: Over 17 years of experience in Business Development, R&D and Project Management at both small startup and large companies. Co-founded three consecutive hi-tech startups and secured venture capital and private funding leading to successful sale of each company.

An introductory presentation on the importance of entrepreneurship on the competitiveness of an economy as well as the status quo of entrepreneurship support in Europe and Cyprus was delivered by Nicos S. Kyriakides, Member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte Limited, Head of Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.

The discussion was facilitated by Monica Ioannidou Polemitis, Senior Manager at Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.