Past Forums Forum 2014
1st annual High-Tech Forum
A special place in the old flea market of Tel Aviv to exchange ideas on how to source growth and invest in High-Tech
In November 2014, Credit Suisse hosted its first exclusive High-Tech Forum in Tel Aviv with 150 selected guests: innovative Israeli start-ups, growth stage entrepreneurs looking for their next big step, and selected high-tech investors and experts from Israel and abroad looking for investment opportunities. In the old flea market of Tel Aviv we recreated the atmosphere of a living room, a place where entrepreneurs often start their journeys.
attendees in 2014
speakers attending from four countries
start-ups competing for the Pitching Ring Award
Key speakers included: Eyal Waldman, President of Mellanox; Gigi Levy, Israeli high-tech angel; David Rowan, international tech expert and editor of Wired magazine; and Chris Cottrell of Credit Suisse IB TMT who co-led the Alibaba IPO.
Together with our 2014 partner SOSA we hosted an exclusive pitching ring allowing five innovative Israeli high-tech start-up entrepreneurs to pitch in four minutes to the Forum’s audience of selected high-tech investors and experts from Israel and abroad. CallVu, a developer of visual solutions for call centers, was instantly selected by electronic vote of the audience as the winner of the 2014 pitching ring. It was awarded with a one-year scholarship sponsored by Credit Suisse including a field trip to its Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong and including personal coaching sessions by the Head of Credit Suisse Israel, and it was promoted in the Forum’s media release and on the Credit Suisse high-tech website.
Winner of the Credit Suisse Pitching Ring Award 2014
The Israel High Tech Forum provides an exclusive pitching ring allowing five pre-selected innovative Israeli high-tech start-ups four minutes time to present to the forum’s carefully selected audience. The winner voted by the audience will receive an attractive prize package.
Winner of the Credit Suisse Pitching Ring Award 2015 is CallVU
CallVU develops a visual solution for call centers. Menus, interaction with the agent and call wrap up information are presented on the user’s mobile phone’s screen. Founded and patended in 2008, CallVu adds an “Interactive Display Response” (IDR), a unique visual layer, to the telephone call.
Dniel CohenPartner of Carmel Ventures
David RowanEditor, WIRED magazine, UK; Future Trends Expert and Columnist
Gigi Levy-WeissAngel Investor, Tel Aviv
Joshua G. KiernanPartner White Case Capital Markets group; Head of European Technology Practice and the Firm's Israel Practice
Rami BrachaManaging General Partner at Pitango
Ran NussbaumFounder & Managing Partner, Carmel Ventures, Tel Aviv
Shelly Hod MoyalFounding Partner, iAngels
Chris CottrellHead of Digital Media within TMT, Credit Suisse Investment Banking, New York
Doron AverbuchCEO of Credit Suisse Financial Services (Israel) Ltd., Managing Director, Tel Aviv
Eyal WaldmanPresident & CEO of Mellanox Technologies
Leo BerentStrategic Advisors group, Director, Credit Suisse, Zurich
Philippe CerfCo-Head of EMEA Telecom, Media & Technology Group and Vice Chairman of the M&A EMEA Group, Managing Director, Credit Suisse Investment Banking and Capital Markets, London
Thomas SchornsteinMarket Leader Israel, Managing Director, Credit Suisse Private Banking, Zurich
During the following networking dinner, all contestants were able to connect with the Forum’s selected high-tech investors and experts from Israel and abroad.
With the Pitching Ring Award, Credit Suisse wants to support innovative Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs from early on to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the Israeli high-tech community.