Axis Tel Aviv is Axis Innovation's flagship conference about Israeli startups and global innovation. Now celebrating its 10th consecutive year, Axis Tel Aviv is recognized as one of Israel's most effective events for dealmaking, international investors and speakers, limited attendees, and quality content and networking.
This year’s event will focus on the theme of sustainability and ESG, quickly becoming one of the more important and critical topics for corporations and investors around the world. At Axis Tel Aviv, the event will focus on sustainability across 4 key industries:
Advances affecting energy usage and mobility modalities combining the latest technology advances in AI, sensors, and big data enable cities to be safer, smarter, and more efficient. Mobility innovations are bringing new ways for people and cargo to move locally and globally in smarter, cheaper, and more efficient ways. Panel of investor and corporate leaders will discuss the latest challenges and predictions for these sectors, followed by Israeli startups pitches and Q and A.
Both physical and digital commerce have been disrupted over the past year, with e-commerce accelerating years into the future. What are the cutting edge startups bringing disruptive innovation in retail and new services to the consumer and businesses? Hear innovative startups and retail investors and corporations share their insights on the future of retail.
Metaverse & AI
Experts predict that the metaverse will add $5 trillion to the global economy by 2030, and 2023 will be the year that defines the direction of the metaverse for the next decade. Beyond the metaverse, AI has made major breakthroughs in 2023, most notably with ChatGTP and generative AI. What can we expect to come next with AI and the Metaverse and how will startups provide new solutions? In this session, trend experts, investors and corporations will share their insights into the coming years, followed by Israeli startups pitches and Q and A.
ClimateTech, the fastest growing tech sector in Israel covers energy, sustainability, green tech, batteries, new materials, supply chain, and more. Today, Israel is home to more than 700 companies that offer ClimateTech solutions that help companies and governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions, become more energy efficient, or adapt to the changing climate environment. In this session, a panel of investor and corporate leaders will discuss the latest challenges and predictions for these sectors, followed by Israeli startups pitches and Q and A.
Limited to 300 attendees
50+ International Investors and Corporate Innovators from
After organizing over 100 in person and virtual events in 20+ countries, we've learned a few things about what makes events effective, engaging, and worth attending.
15 selected Israeli startups pitching on stage, with 60+ additional Israeli startups attending
Industry-leading keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, themed startup and investor pitches, and masterclasses
High level networking opportunities, 1-1 meetings, exclusive investor reception and VIP dinner (invitation only)
The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is one of the premier event venues in Tel Aviv. Located on the sea just a 15 minutes drive from central Tel Aviv, it has an enchanting Jaffa atmosphere and young Startup Nation spirit.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2023
Deputy CEO, Bouygues Group, Chairman, Bouygues Telecom
Brought to you by Chutzpah Lab
Edward Bouygues is a graduate of ESSCA, Angers (specialising in banking and finance) and holds an MBA from the London Business School. After having spent five years as a works supervisor and in sales at Bouygues Construction, he joined Bouygues Telecom in February 2014 in the Marketing department. He was then appointed as the head of services, content and product design, before being appointed CEO of RCBT (Club Bouygues Telecom store network) in February 2017. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Bouygues Telecom Executive Committee and Vice-President of Development at Bouygues Telecom since February 2021. On 17 February 2021, he was appointed Deputy CEO of Bouygues.
CEO and founder, BOSS Capital Partners
Brought to you by Siinda
Greg Shepard is a Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and Angel Venture Capital Investor with a legacy of building and running sustainable growth businesses. Driven by a transformational leadership style, Greg has spearheaded multiple company exits in the BioTech, TransitTech, AdTech and MarTech space. Two of his former companies were
acquired by eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions in January 2016 as a part of a cross-brand deal totaling largely over $900M. The transaction comprised the purchase and sale of numerous companies, two of which were Greg’s.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder @NextLeap Ventures
Ocean Azul is an early-stage venture capital fund focused on the technology sector, primarily B2B software and deep tech. They invest globally, with most of their investments in North America or Israel, helping those companies grow their US presence. David Zinn, Managing Director has over 15 years experience working with founders and entrepreneurs and investing in startups and early-stage companies. He is a prior founder and operator who understands the challenges in creating profitability and sustainable growth.
Managing Director @Ocean Azul Partners
Group Innovation SVP @Sodexo
Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve quality of life. Operating in 53 countries, Sodexo serves 100 million consumers each day through its unique combination of on-site food and facilities management services, benefits and rewards services, and personal and home services. Neta Meir, Group Innovation SVP, focuses on creating an open innovation ecosystem by bringing outside-in trends, ecosystem, and partners. She has a background in the following industries: communications, finance, banking, B2B services.
CEO @Orbita Capital Partners
Orbita Capital is a venture capital firm based in Russia with a focus on technology growth in both emerging and developed economies. The firm seeks to invest in business products, business services, consumer products, consumer services, information technology, healthcare, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, drones, 3D printing, and internet of things sectors in the United States and Europe. Evgeny Kuznetsov serves as Partner at Orbita Capital Partners. He also serves as an Independent Member of the investment committee at Vibranium Venture Capital.
General Partner @Magic Fund
MAGIC Fund is an early-stage venture capital fund focused on companies at their earliest stages (pre-seed/seed). They have backed 80+ startups around the world in the last 5 years, with a focus on consumer products and services, fintech, and healthcare sectors. They recently raised a $30 Million Fund II. Troy Osinoff is General Partner at MAGIC Fund, as well as the co-founder of Juice, an award winning digital marketing agency.
Kimberli Lewis has over 20 years of CEO experience in over ten countries working on the operational side of Private Equity owned companies. She has received over 29 international awards in operations, sales, and marketing. She is currently General Manager and Board member of Siinda.
Siinda is a network of European companies in the technology, SaaS, digital marketing, and e-commerce sectors. Siinda has access to over 20 million SMEs in Europe through its members. Siinda also runs the Startup Success Program under the label of Siinda Institute.
General Manager @Siinda
Héctor Shibata Salazar
Investment Director @AC Ventures
AC Ventures, based in Monterrey, Mexico, is the corporate venture capital arm of Arca Continental, a Mexican multinational company that produces, distributes, and markets beverages under The Coca-Cola Company brand to a client base of over 120 million people. ACV has invested in an Israeli retail technology company disrupting the foodservice industry in the US, and also made an LP commitment to VC funds in Israel. Héctor Shibata Salazar serves as the Investment Director of AC Ventures, where he is responsible for leading the investment processes and managing the portfolio. He is also an adjunct professor at the EGADE Business School at the Monterrey Tech for Entrepreneurial Finance.
Partner @Hitachi Ventures
Tobias is Partner at Hitachi Ventures, the Venture Capital Fund of the Hitachi Group. His main areas of focus are Climate Tech, Deep Tech (e.g. Quantum Compute) and Enterprise SAAS. He is investing in venture-backed companies since 2008. Prior to joining Hitachi Ventures in 2021, he had been Principal and Managing Director at BMW i Ventures Europe in Munich for about 6 ½ years and worked for 7 years for the Corporate Venture unit of US based 3M Company. He holds a master’s in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.
Managing Director @Verstra Ventures
Verstra Ventures is a Canadian-based fund that combines venture capital experience with deep knowledge of building and managing vertically-focused software businesses. They go beyond traditional venture capital and consider long-term, unique, and unorthodox investments. Prior to joining Verstra Ventures, Matan Hazonov spent 6 years building startups as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. In his prior role as a venture investor, he was a key player in many investments in the software, cleantech, and ag-tech industries in North America and Israel. As Managing Director, Hazanov leads the team in sourcing, investing, and managing its portfolio.
Head of BD & Partnerships @APX VC
Partner & CIO @Elysium Ventures
Elysium Venture Capital aims to close the gap between the promise of Web3, and a reality where users can finally call the internet 'ours to own.’ Their expertise is in business development, international markets, deal structuring, strategy, recruiting, and product marketing, through the United States, Europe, and China. With over 20 years’ experience at companies such as Microsoft and Google, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer Roberto Croci’s passion lies in innovation, startups, and building relationships.
Founder @Neo Ventures
Neo Ventures is the first open-ended early stage investor, named the “Most Innovative Early Stage VC Fund Manager in Eastern Europe in 2018.” The founders have backed more than 30 startups and exited 10 successfully. It invests globally, supporting founders in business planning, scaling operations, and follow-on investments. Pavel Ezekiev is the Founder of NEVEQ and Neo Ventures. His emphasis is on health-tech, space, and enterprise SaaS, with 15 years VC experience and 13 exits.
Founder and Managing Partner @ECS Capital Partners
ECS is a venture capital firm investing in innovative seed and growth-stage technology-based companies capable of high financial return and positive human, social, or environmental impact. Operating globally, it provides a diversified and multi-stage portfolio of this asset class to investors ranging from accredited individuals to institutions of all sizes. Charles L. Sidman, MBA, PhD, is an angel investor and managing partner of ECS Capital Partners. He previously held positions at the American Angel Capital Association, Crowdfunding Professional Association, and the University of Cincinnati, and is a member of EBAN and GBAN.
General Partner @Sakal Group Family Office
Sakal Group Family Office is a second generation Family Office in Israel, with an investment focus towards fashion, real estate, fintech, social impact, wellness, automotive, and “Tikun Olam,” or repairing the world. Solomon Ibragimov, General Partner, partners with venture funds and family offices, with a focus on early stage investment, business development, and growth.
Managing Partner @Kinneret Impact Ventures
Kinneret Impact Ventures is the first Israeli Agritech and Climatech Specialized VC Fund established by the farming community in collaboration with industry and academia to target emerging agritech, foodtech, watertech, and climatech startups. Managing Partner Ethy Levy is also the Founder of Impact Innovation Israel and co-Founder and Israel CEO of the Bridge Hub. She has a wide experience in creating the right settings to promote innovation and providing innovators the right tools and skills to bring their ideas to life and to commercialize them.
Partner @Flashpoint VC
Diane is charged with early-stage technology investments within the new energy space, identifying strategic sectors and building partnerships to expand slb’s portfolio and nurture the growth of this emerging industry. Over the course of her 20-year career, she has worked in four different industries, and seven countries in Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Since joining slb 10 years ago, Diane has held diverse roles in sales, marketing and supply chain. Before that, she founded and ran her own company, and has remained active inmultiple incubators. She holds master’s degrees in Industrial Management from HEC Paris and Agro-Science Engineering from UniLasalle.
Venture Principal @Schlumberger New Energy
Managing Partner @Fox Rothschild
Fox Rothschild LLP is a full-service law firm with nearly 1000 attorneys in 29 offices serving individuals as well as businesses–public, private and nonprofit; startup, family-run and multinational. Their Israel division helps companies of all sizes, from startups to market leaders, and supports Israeli-based companies in developing technology and innovation. Emily Yukich serves as the firm's Los Angeles Office Managing Partner and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She works with startups on strategy and early-stage funding as well as with existing companies on growth and acquisition financing. Additionally, Emily advises venture and angel capital investors on due diligence, negotiation of investment documents, and other matters.
Paul Adam Isbell
Professor @IE University
IE University is a top international university in Spain with locations in Madrid and Segovia, recognized worldwide for its quality in teaching. Paul Adam is the Adjunct Professor at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs. His focus is on the ongoing two-way relationship between digital transformation and international political economy, geopolitics and national, regional and global governance.
Private Investor, Board Member @PubliGroupe
Gabriela Montojo Sancho
Senior Regional Manager for Europe and Central @IE University
Gabriela is Senior Manager for Europe & Central Asia, within IE Global Markets, based in Madrid and shares her experience as an IE alumni to potential students in Mexico, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Portugal; Originally from Spain, Gabriela is very curious about anything that means international, having been educated for four years in the UK, completing her IB Diploma in London then continuing for a degree in International Relations at IE University.
Corporate Development @Kubota
Kubota Corporation, based in Osaka, Japan, manufactures industrial machinery, farm machinery, and fluid piping systems and produces forged iron products, housing equipment, and environmental control plants. The main focus of their investments are in startups, with a particular emphasis in companies from areas such as IoT, telematics, big data, software, automation/robotics, sensor technology, etc. As Corporate Development Manager, Covadonga Fernandez, is responsible for the execution of M&A and venture capital transactions, IP licensing, and related projects of the Innovation Center Europe.
Open Innovation Hub Director @Orange Innovation
Dr. Leslie Broudo-Mitts currently serves on the faculty of Tel Aviv University, where she also runs the Coller Institute of Venture and the Sofaer Global MBA Program. Leslie previously built and led the largest entrepreneurship practicum at the Wharton School for high-growth ventures. Prior to moving to Tel Aviv, she was CEO of a University – associated venture fund that invested in education technology ventures globally.
Leslie received her MBA from the Wharton School with a concentration in Decision Sciences, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Head @Coller Institute of Venture
CEO & Founder @Trendone
Head of Inception Israel @NVIDIA
Dr. Norbert Csizmadia
President Board of Trustees @John von Neumann University
Vice President Of Global Business Development @AFIFI GROUP
Partner and Head of Israel Country Group @DLA Piper
Senior Vice-President Innovation @Bouygues Group
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