Renown scientist Dr. Kira Radinsky, the director of data science and Israel chief scientist for eBay, and Nuseir (Nas) Yassin, known as NAS Daily and one of the most successful content creators on social media (named by NoCamels among 16 most influential Israelis in 2018), are among the keynote speakers at the upcoming OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. The event is held annually by Israel’s most active venture investor and crowdfunding platform, OurCrowd.
OurCrowd announced its programming for the summit to be held on March 7, 2019 in Jerusalem under the theme “Startups: Making a Global Impact.” The agenda is set to highlight the power of Israeli breakthrough technologies that “make a real and lasting difference in the world,” the company said.
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OurCrowd says it expects some 15,000 guests at the upcoming event.
“This year’s summit celebrates how in today’s globalized climate, startups are able to amplify their know-how to tackle the critical, complex challenges facing society,” said OurCrowd founder and CEO Jon Medved. “Our event is the premier showcase of Israeli technology, and a golden opportunity for investors looking to meet the very best that Startup Nation has to offer the world.”
Also among the keynote speakers are Professor Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author, who will speak on the behavior of impact entrepreneurs, Ron Fisher, the president of Softbank Holdings and vice chairman of Sprint, who will give a talk on how mature startups can solve global challenges, and David Bonderman, the founding partner of private equity firm TPG, who is set to explain why he created the largest impact fund in history.
Attendees are also set to hear from experts and industry professionals during a number of sessions and roundtables including those titled “The Great Tech Debates: Designer Babies, Big Brother, and the New Plagues,” a talk about the ramifications of genetic editing, governments addressing a robotic future, and whether manufactured medicines will save the human race or wipe it out; “The Cannabis Revolution: Saving Lives and Changing Society,” first-person accounts of the incredible ability of cannabinoids to replace addictive painkillers, address development delays alleviate PTSD symptoms, and more; “Hacked Cars, Stolen Identities, and Short-Circuited Pacemakers: Cybersecurity in a Connected World,” in which professionals from five key sectors present rapid-fire presentations on tech defenses that could make the difference between prosperity and failure, life and death; and “Two Truths and a Lie,” an interactive, entertaining game featuring five masters of the VC world, which will shed light on the mechanics and opportunities of investing through VC funds.
The event will also feature “OurCrowd University,” a three-part intensive course on the fundamentals of investing and building startups, and an exhibitor space where summit attendees can take a close look and personally experience some of the products and services.
For the second time, the summit will host the OurCrowd Maimonides Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science, Leadership and Menschlichkeit (properties that make a “mensch,” or person on integrity). This year, the prize will be presented to Professor Avraham Baniel, the inventor and co-founder behind Doux Matok, a leader in targeted delivery of flavor ingredients and nutrition.
Its community consists of almost 30,000 registered investors from 150 countries, OurCrowd says.