Past Forums Forum 2016

Forum 2016

3rd annual High-Tech Forum

Helping High-Tech Entrepreneurs Create and Preserve Wealth – Private and Investment Banking join efforts in Israel

In September 2016, Credit Suisse hosted its exclusive High-Tech Forum in Israel for the 3rd consecutive year. Building on its 20 years of commitment to the high-tech sector and the Israeli market, the forum provides a networking platform for selected entrepreneurs, investors and experts from both Israel and abroad.


attendees in 2016


speakers attending from four countries


start-ups competing for the Pitching Ring Award

Pitching Ring Award 2016

With the Pitching Ring Award 2016, Credit Suisse demonstrates its support of innovative Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs from early on, underlining its long-term commitment to the Israeli high-tech community.

Together with our partners OurCrowd, its seed fund OurCrowd First and Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co., we are hosting an exclusive pitching ring allowing five innovative Israeli high-tech start-ups to pitch their companies in four minutes to the Forum’s audience of select high-tech investors and experts from Israel and abroad. The winner, voted by the audience, will receive an attractive prize package.

The contestants

From over fifty applicants, the following five contestants were chosen in a highly competitive selection process including a full demo day prior to the Pitching Ring:

Winner 2016

The winner of the Pitching Ring Award 2016 is The Pub Hub, selected by the audience by electronic vote and awarded with:

  • A one year scholarship sponsored by Credit Suisse, including a fully paid field trip to Credit Suisse’s exclusive global investor platform “Private Innovation Circle” on December 1, 2016, in London, and three personal coaching sessions by the Head of Credit Suisse Israel.
  • At the Private Innovation Circle, together with about 8 other handpicked ventures, it will have the opportunity to present its pioneering business to a select audience of Credit Suisse’s most influential clients, successful investors and other entrepreneurs. For further information please visit the website of the Private Innovation Circle
  • A fast-track due-diligence process for a potential USD 250-500K investment by OurCrowd First, Israel’s most active seed investor.
  • 40 hours of free legal counseling (10 hours a month for a period of 4 months) by Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.
  • The opportunity to present progress at the 2017 High-Tech Forum in Tel Aviv.

Follow up with 2016 Pitching Ring winner

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Follow up with 2016 Pitching Ring Award Winner, Tel Aviv.

On September 20, 2016, we had the great pleasure to host the 2016 Pitching Ring Award at the third edition of our annual “High-Tech Forum” in Tel Aviv. Over 220 selected guests from across the globe and designated experts from the Credit Suisse network attended and had a chance to vote for the winner. We would like to provide you here with the key moments from the 2016 Pitching Ring and interview with the winner.


OurCrowd is a leading equity crowdfunding platform for investors from around the world to invest in global startups. Managed by a team of seasoned investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd vets and selects opportunities, invests its own capital, and brings companies to its accredited membership of global investors. OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and frequently takes board seats. OurCrowd has raised US$250M for its nearly 100 portfolio companies, generating eight exits in three years. The OurCrowd community of 14,000+ investors from over 110 countries, mentors and partners is comprised of a diverse makeup of backgrounds, professions, locations, and investing experience.

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Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co.

Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co. is a leading Israeli law firm with a global perspective, dedicated to providing sophisticated, first-rate legal advice to clients operating in all sectors of the economy. The firm's Hi-Tech and Venture Capital practice group is considered to be one of Israel’s leading practice groups and has extensive experience in representing start-up companies (and their founders) in all stages, from inception through financings, commercial growth and exit, as well as representing investors, of all types, in such companies. The practice group is business minded with a deal making attitude, and regularly represents clients from various industries including: fintech, internet, media, software, enterprise software, e-commerce, bio-tech and medical devices, pharmaceutical, big data, communications, information technology, and clean-tech.

The firm's hi-tech and innovation club, UpLink, regularly initiates various meetups and lectures to members of the Israeli tech ecosystem.

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