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Inspiring high-tech ideas through international collaboration

The "Silicon Wadi" meets Switzerland event brings the incredible success story of Israel's high-tech industry to Switzerland.

How big is this success? "More venture capital investments on a per capita basis is flowing into Israel each year than into any country in the world including the US!" Dan Senor, author of the bestselling book Startup-Nation.

At this event some of the currently most promising high-tech firms from Israel will be present.
In panel discussions and breakout sessions the success is discussed with leading think-tanks, entrepreneurs and technology universities.

The event is an ideal place to learn about latest high-tech trends. Also you will experience first-hand, what is behind this success story and how it was possible in a country with less people and resources than Switzerland.

April 26, 2018

Begins: 01:30 pm


This event is organized by


Welcome Notes

  • Ralf Haller, CEO, R. Haller IT Marketing & High-Tech Connect Suisse

The Israel Startup-Nation Ecosystem

How does Startup-Nation Israel work?
Peek into the Tel Aviv startup ecosystem
Intelligent learning system center


High-tech exhibition and networking

Panel Discussion

How can Israel and Switzerland work together in high-tech entrepreneurship?

moderated by Philipp Löpfe, Economic Journalist, Watson.ch


Networking. Apéro.

High-tech exhibition and networking


Uri Weinheber

Uri is Managing Partner of thetime, and has been leading innovative ventures for over fifteen years in various positions, including CEO, founder, board member, investor, senior advisor and VP.

His involvement spans over a dozen companies, including Scitex (Acquired by Creo/Kodak), Xerox (NASDAQ), VirtualSelf (Acquired by TDNet), Pitango Multimedia (a Scitex Company), RadWare (NASDAQ), Netcom ( Acquired by Malam Team), XMPie ( Acquired by Xerox), Ubique (then, an AOL Company), RTImage ( Acquired by GE Healthcare), Agentics (Acquired by Mercado), AppStream (Acquired by Symantec), ComView and others.

Michal Geva

Michal has 20 years of professional experience in Israeli and American medical device companies.

Michal has co-led and founded all of Triventures funds with strategic and financial investors. She has led investments in the fields of structural heart, orthopedics, robotics, women’s health, ophthalmology and digital health. Michal’s investments have been from pre-seed all the way to late stage deals.

Michal held board seats on Apica and ApK (transitioned to Thoratec), and currently holds board seats in OrthoSpace (massive rotator cuff repair), MST (robotic laparoscopic surgery platform), MediSafe (patient engagement platform), Eyeyon (ophthalmology), Cathworks (interventional cardiology) and 6over6 (consumer optometry).

Prior to Triventures, Michal held executive roles in regulatory and clinical affairs and in business development at a number of startups including ByPass (collaborated with J&J), AST (acquired by Boston Scientific), and GI View (in the field of gastroenterology).

Dr. David Zvilichovsky

David Zvilichovsky received his Ph.D. in Economics as well as an MSc. in Computer Science from the Tel Aviv University. His current research interests include: Networks & Platforms, Innovation & Growth, CrowdFunding, Entrepreneurship, Bubbles, and the Internet Economy.

Dr. Zvilichovsky has been involved with the Israeli High Tech industry for over 20 years working with industry leaders such as Comverse, Scitex and Electric Fuel. He co-founded IPHighway, a pioneer in the Network QOS space and was an executive at the Robo-Group during its IPO on both the Nasdaq and Tel Aviv Stock exchanges.

Over the years David has served as a board member and advisor in the areas of Venture Capital, Technology Innovation and Early Stage Ventures. Zvilichovsky also served as a special economic advisor to the national economic council at the Israeli prime minister’s office during the 2008 market crisis.

Dr. Zvilichovsky teaches courses in economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.


We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

Dr. Anda Baharav

Dr. Anda Baharav holds Physics and Medicine degrees from Tel Aviv University. She specialized in Pediatrics and Sleep Medicine.

In her research at the Medical Physics Department of Tel Aviv University, she integrated clinical and physiological studies with signal processing.

Beside her clinical activity in academic centers, Dr. Baharav conducted research on Autonomic Nervous System function during normal and pathological sleep.

She mentored graduate students, published in peer reviewed journals, and holds several patents.

She is leading research on sleep and performance in young athletes at the Wingate Israeli National Sports Institute.

Dr. Baharav is the founder and CEO at HypnoCore-SleepRate, a company with the vision to make sleep evaluation and efficient digital Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for sleep deficiencies available for the millions of people who suffer quietly and have no relief.


SleepRate has developed a comprehensive sleep therapy and monitoring solution, based on state of the art principles of behavioral sleep medicine, wearables, and mobile technology.

SleepRate’s solution is designed to help as many people as possible improve their sleep, through the use of a mobile sleep therapy application. The application acts as a sort of 'sleep therapist', by accumulating and monitoring sleep-related data and other objective measures of sleep.

Based on the data collected, the application provides daily sleep insights, an analysis of detected sleep deficiencies - such as insomnia, circadian disorders and insufficient sleep - and a personally tailored e-coaching program with actionable items that help lead to improved sleep and a more healthy and productive lifestyle.

Barak Matzkevich

Barak has over 20 years of experience in both multinational corporates, as well as young start-ups. In this period he led the business development & sales effort to introduce highly innovative automotive & IT technologies to tier-suppliers and OEMs across all regions. With extensive involvement in the introduction of both hardware & software elements that impact the performance of future ADAS & AD solutions, he brings extensive know-how and understanding of the automotive value chain, Go-To-Market strategy and channel creation.


Cortica is an Israeli company founded in 2007 with leading AI technology for autonomous platforms. The company’s Autonomous AI is based upon proprietary brain research and utilizes unsupervised-learning methodologies backed by more than 200 patents. The Cortica AI understands the visual world on a human level – thereby significantly exceeding the capabilities of the industry.

This Autonomous AI is embedded in next-generation, ultra-scale platforms where understanding images is a critical task. Cortica provides the intelligence that enables autonomous vehicles, smart cities, autonomous drones, and more.

With headquarters in Tel Aviv and offices in NYC, Cortica has 100 employees including leading AI researchers and veterans of elite Israeli military intelligence units.

Hans-Jörg Dohrmann

Hans Dohrmann ist Investment Partner bei Scail Capital.

Er ist verantwortlich für die Identifikation spannender Startups und deren gesamtheitliche Betreuung während/nach der Investition.

Hans hat in den vergangenen 13 Jahren sowohl in-house startups für Grosskonzerne, als auch eigene Unternehmungen zusammen mit Mitgründern erfolgreich im Markt platziert.

Vor seiner Zeit als Unternehmer arbeitete der promovierte Wirtschaftsjurist in verschiedenen Rollen (Strategy, Business Development etc.) bei führenden internationalen Unternehmen.

Privat ist er ein begeisterter Freeride Snowboarder und Motorradfahrer.

Prof. Dr. Boaz Golany

Prof. Dr. Boaz Golany is the holder of the Samuel Gorney Chair in Engineering in the Industrial Engineering and Management Faculty at the Technion, where he served as Dean during 2006-2011. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the IC2 Institute in the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Golany received his BSc degree from the Technion (1982) and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (1985).

Dr. Golany’s research focus is analysis, modeling and optimization of complex systems with emphasis on resource allocation in different settings. He registered two U.S. patents and has authored more than 100 publications which have garnered over 8,600 citations and an H-Index of 42 (Google Scholar). Several of his papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals including the Journal of Econometrics and OMEGA. He won the Levi Award of the Israeli OR Society in 2003, and the Technion Academic Excellence Award in 1991. Dr. Golany served as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Productivity Analysis, OMEGA and Operations Research, and was on the Editorial Board of IIE Transactions focused issue on Operations Engineering.

Dr. Golany has been a principal investigator on over $3 million of sponsored research with funding by the EU FP7 program, The Magnet and Magneton programs of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and other research granting agencies. His research was also supported from industrial partners such as the Israeli Electric Corporation, Haifa Chemicals, GM and Bank One. He has consulted to various companies and organizations in diverse fields such as energy, banking, municipal services, defense and homeland security.

During his tenure as Dean, the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion witnessed significant growth in student enrollments, research funding and faculty recruitment. The number of labs has doubled and the Faculty partnered with leading multi-national corporations (IBM and Microsoft) in significant research collaborations. New educational programs were developed and the diversity of students and faculty flourished.

During his term as Vice President, Dr. Golany has greatly expanded the global reach of the Technion – yielding significant growth in the number of Technion societies, the number of sponsored joint projects with foreign universities, the number of visitors and delegations to Technion, the Technion exposure in the world media and most importantly, an unprecedented growth in private and institutional philanthropic support to the Technion.

Eyal Rosner

Starting Jan. 2017 Eyal is building Beyond Mobility – Israel's one stop shop for innovation & investment in smart mobility in Israel.

From 2012 until the end of 2016, Eyal was the Chairman of "The Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative" - Israel's National Program for alternative fuels and Smart Mobility.

The 10 years - $400 million Program serves as a catalyst for reduction of global dependency on crude oil by establishing Israel as a center of knowledge and innovation in the field of alternative fuels and smart mobility. Reporting to the Prime Minister's Office, Eyal Chairs the government’s inter-departmental steering committee and runs the Program's administration, where he is responsible for developing and executing the Program's strategy while coordinating nine government departments participating in the Program.

During his five years as the head of the initiative, the amount of companies in the field in Israel grow seven fold to more than 500 while the amount of research groups grow from 40 to 250. In addition, global collaborations with governments' academia and industry from around the world turned Israel into a global hub for technologies and forward thinking in the field, with constant presence of most of the global players.

Eyal brings to the Program twenty years of experience in different facets of the investment and business world, both as PE and VC.

Previously Eyal was the CEO of the Borovitz Mozes Group (BMG), a $3 billion privately held company controlling El Al – Israel Air Line, Sonol gas stations, Tambour paints, GES environmental solutions and other companies.

Eyal's 7-year tenure at BMG includes the acquisitions of EL AL, Tambour - Israel's largest paint company, and Granite Energy Company. Eyal served as a board member and consultant to most of the Group's companies.

Prior to BMG, Eyal was a Vice President at Bankers Trust for five years, where he was responsible for the trading and sales in Israel.

Eyal have vast experience in early stage investments with 18 private investments and 4 large exits (among them Mobileye). In addition Eyal was among the owners of Sde Boker Incubator & Member of the Investment committee at Evergreen VC.

Eyal was also an advisor to the Government of Israel and the Israeli Space Agency (2010), and served on the board of the Israeli chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) from 2007 to 2012.

Eyal served as captain in the Israeli Navy after graduating with highest honors at the Naval Academy. Eyal's education includes BSc in Computer Science and Economics, and MBA both from Tel Aviv University and HBS President Program.

Amit Kerterman

I'm Co-founder & CIO, former project manager at Flex. Holds a degree in BSc Industrial Engineering and Management.

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.

Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

He is also founder of the first High-Tech Connect Suisse association encouraging high-tech business development.

Ralf teaches at the Swiss-American university in Lugano the course Global Innovation Ecosystems.

In his free time he loves spending high-quality time with his family, and doing fitness sports and intelligence training to keep fit physically and mentally. He is eager and open to always try out new things.

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In the Media

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Nach Silicon Valley ist Israel der attraktivste Ort für IT-Start-ups geworden. Warum jüdische Mütter dabei eine bedeutende Rolle spielen, wie die Armee die Risiko-Kultur fördert und wie man auch als Schweizer Kleininvestor an diesem Boom teilnehmen kann, erklärt Jonathan Medved von Our Crowd, dem grössten Funds der Szene.

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Israel: The start-up nation - CNBC, 23.07.2015

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How does Israel, one of the world's smallest countries, produce more startup companies than many of the world's most developed nations?

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Was die Schweiz von Israel lernen kann - NZZ, 07.10.2016

In Israel fliesst pro Kopf der Bevölkerung fünf- bis zehnmal so viel Risikokapital in Jungunternehmen wie in der Schweiz. Israel ist damit die Nummer eins der Welt. Die Schweiz kann davon lernen.

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Cybersecurity-Unternehmerin Shira Kaplan: «In der Schweiz ist man zu entspannt» - Luzerner Zeitung, 08.10.2016

Die Israelin Shira Kaplan gilt als eine der profiliertesten Expertinnen in Sachen Internetsicherheit. Sie sagt, warum die Schweiz aufwachen muss. Und was der hiesigen Start-up-Szene fehlt.

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"Silicon Wadi" meets Switzerland - startupticker.ch, 14.10.2016

Israel is well known as one of the most important worldwide start-up hubs. What are the success factors? What can Switzerland learn from Israel? What are the opportunities for Swiss start-ups? Top-class speakers will discuss these questions at an event at the Technopark Luzern on 10 November.

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ROOT – Am 10. November werden im Technopark Luzern Erfolgsfaktoren von Startups unter die Lupe genommen - rontaler.ch, 25.10.2016

Israel gilt als die Startup-Nation schlechthin: Es hat den grösseren Zufluss an Risikokapitalinvestitionen auf einer per capita Basis als jedes andere Land auf der Welt, die USA eingeschlossen. Doch was steckt hinter Israels Erfolgsgeschichte und wie ist es überhaupt möglich, dass ein Land mit weniger Einwohnern und Ressourcen als die Schweiz im Startup-Bereich Geschichte schreibt?

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