Economy and Tourism
- Written by Ministry of Economy
FOURTH AGRIVEST CONFERENCE SHOWCASES ISRAELI AGTECH SECTOR TO INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS
AgriVest 2016, an initiative of Trendlines Agtech, GreenSoil Investments and Israel’s Ministry of Economy, to be held at Weizmann Institute of Science on 27th September 2016
Misgav, Israel – 6 September 2016 – The fourth international AgriVest Conference will take place on at the Wix Auditorium at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Conference organizers are Trendlines Agtech, an incubator of The Trendlines Group, Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, and GreenSoil Investments, an Israeli VC focused on agro & food tech investments.
More than 450 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference. AgriVest serves to showcase the Israeli agtech ecosystem and provides a forum for international investors, leading global industry executives, and government officials to discuss issues pertinent to the sector: The entire food chain – from field to plate - requires disruption to meet food security challenges and provide enough food to feed the world’s future population while maintaining sustainable and ecologically responsible methods. In recent years, innovations and technological solutions in agtech have captured the attention of investors.
“In 2012, Trendlines Agtech together with Israel’s Economy Ministry, launched AgriVest, the first and only Israeli conference in the agtech industry. From its modest beginning, the conference resonated with the global community to become one of the leading conferences in the sector. This year’s AgriVest promises to be the biggest event yet for two reasons: the enormous ‘growth’ of interest in the sector and the recognition of the investment opportunity it presents,” remarks CEO Trendlines Agtech, Nitza Kardish, Ph.D.
"We are thrilled to co-host this event and welcome hundreds of entrepreneurs and co-investors. Agtech is gathering more and more interest worldwide and Israel is one of the most exciting ecosystems within the sector", says Gideon Soesman,Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GreenSoil Investments, Israel's largest agro & food tech VC.
The conference includes an array of distinguished speakers and guests: Adrian Percy, Head of CropScience R&D at Bayer, will make the keynote address. Two professional panels will feature international and local agtech opinion leaders.
An AgriVest highlight is the start-up competition. Twelve selected Israeli companies (of over 40 that applied) pitch their technology to the audience and a panel of judges. The winning companies will receive a prize.
Oded Distel, Director of Israel NewTech at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, comments, “The growing needs in our global food supply to guarantee food security, along with the great challenges of creating sustainable agriculture which does not harm the environment, are fertile ground for development and innovation in the fields of agro-technology. At this conference, we bring together leading Israeli hi-tech with agricultural leaders to create a winning combination of innovative developments and agricultural technologies, becoming more and more relevant to developed and developing countries alike.”
The presenting companies at this year's conference: AseptoRay, ATPLabs, Enzootic Holdings, Farm Dog, FFMH Tech, FieldIn, InPlant Technologies, NeoTop Water Systems, NRGene, Tevatronic, UniVerve, ViAqua Therapeutics.
The start-ups were selected by an independent committee headed by Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Professor Avi Perl.
Previous AgriVest conferences have been a stellar platform to highlight Israeli agtech companies to businesspeople, scientists, and key ag investors from Israel and abroad. Eran Baniel, CEO of DouxMatok, the winning company of the AgriVest 2015, remarked: “DouxMatok has recently made a real breakthrough to a large extent thanks to the extraordinary impetus received from the 2015 AgriVest conference. Although I have been invited to present at many conferences since, AgriVest was and remains the most significant for my Company.”
About AgriVest 2016
AgriVest is organized by Trendlines Agtech, an incubator of The Trendlines Group; Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy; and GreenSoil Investments, an Israeli VC focused on agro & food tech investments.
Organizing partners for AgriVest 2016 are IATI, The Israel Export Institute, Israel NewTech, Start-Up Nation Central, and The Israel Innovation Authority.
Sponsors of AgriVest 2016 are Greenberg Traurig LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Bayer, Evogene, Shibolet &Co., Ernst & Young Israel, Tong Fang Smart City, Stockton Group, Impact Investing Israel, SOSA, Finistere Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital Gmbh, BASF, Linn Grove Growth Funds, Rootility, Gefen Capital, BioSTL, Technion Technology Transfer.
Media partners are AgFunder and GoforIsrael.
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
The Train in the Colony Ltd. wins the second tender issued by the Israel Lands Administration and the Tourism Ministry to develop hotels in the Jerusalem Ridge compound.
A seven-storey, 150 room hotel with retail space will be built. Two proposals were submitted and the Tenders Committee of the Israel Lands Administration selected the Train in the Colony Ltd. bid of NIS 7.2 million
Hundreds of hotel rooms are expected to be added to the hotel supply in Jerusalem - a process that should reduce the cost of overnight accommodation in the capital. The additional rooms will be built in the Jerusalem Ridge compound opposite the Sherover Promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. The Tourism Ministry financed the marketing costs of the tender and will handle the development, in cooperation with the Israel Lands Administration.
The compound that will be built is among the last significant areas of land in Jerusalem dedicated to the immediate construction of hotels. The site is zoned for six hotels (with four lots being marketed first and the other two at a later stage). The hotel compound also includes land with a listed building, commercial property and an area, common to all the hotels, that will be designated for bus parking. The commercial area will attract visitors from the adjacent promenade, and will serve as an entertainment attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "This tender is another important step in increasing the hotel room supply in Jerusalem. This tender will add to the hundreds of hotel rooms that have been approved in the last year in the Jerusalem Ridge compound, which will become a tourism complex located in one of the most attractive places, overlooking the Old City basin. I see great importance in strengthening the city of Jerusalem and its position as a magnet for tourists from Israel and around the world."
Acting Director, Israel Lands Administration (ILA) Adiel Shomron: "The Israel Lands Administration considers the strengthening of Jerusalem as a primary goal both in terms of increasing residential housing and in terms of strengthening commerce and tourism in Israel's capital."
Two companies won the first tender to build 580 hotel rooms hotels will be built on the site: Hasid Brothers Contractors and Construction Ltd. and Klir Chemicals. The winners will pay the ILA NIS 7.6 million not including development costs and will build two hotels and commercial space. The second tender, which was published by the ILA in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, was won by The Train in the Colony Ltd - a plot of 2,563 square meters with building rights of 14,080 square meters of which 400 square meters are for commercial/retail space, at a cost of NIS 7.2 million.
Image of the Jerusalem Ridge compound, courtesy of the Israel Tourism Ministry
- Written by Ministry of Tourism
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: "As part of the changes that we are spearheading in the Tourism Ministry and the move to more digital and interactive marketing, we initiated the Hackathon to develop tourism apps based on databases developed in the ministry. I call on entrepreneurs with the start-up spirit to participate in this competition and, beyond the personal experience, to contribute to the important goal of promoting incoming tourism to Israel. I am sure that, thanks to the participants' creativity and innovation, we will achieve amazing results and useful apps that will improve the tourist experience in Israel."
Jerusalem, August 15, 2016- Following the success of the first Hackathon that took place during IMTM last February, the Tourism Ministry will hold a second competition to develop tourism apps (Hackathon), based on Tourism Ministry databases open to the public. The climax of the Hackathon will take place within the framework of the Innovation Conference at the International Mediterranean Tourist Market (IMTM ) that will take place February 7-8, 2017 in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, when the 10 leading groups will present their apps, with prizes being awarded to the three finalists. Cnature , an app to identify flora and fauna, won the 2016 Hackathon,.
Within the framework of the initiative, the Tourism Ministry is publishing a wide-ranging database that includes all the information that a tourist needs in order to plan a visit to Israel, including hotels, B&Bs, trails, tour guides etc. The database, first launched in Hebrew and English, will be translated into other languages.
The Tourism Ministry is of the opinion that, in order to create varied tourism apps that will allow a strong digital presence for the State of Israel in this area, there is a need for a wide-ranging, quality, updated and multi-lingual database. As these activities are challenging and complex to implement for small companies or app developers, it was decided that the ministry would make these tools available for the public.
The databases will be published at http://data.gov.iland interested parties who would like to develop apps can focus on their relative advantage in developing digital innovation in tourism.
Leading people in the tourism industry in Israel and worldwide will serve as judges in the competition, alongside Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin will present the prize to the winning team.
Head of the Information Systems, Digital and New Media Division, Dr. Noam Kuriat: "The 2017 Hackathon gets under way. This year, apart from the fact that we are launching a rich database with over 20,000 items of information all open to the public, the competition format has changed to allow app developers to bring innovative ideas and products that will transform the Israeli tourism world. We call upon everyone who is passionate about technology and innovation to register for the competition and create a new reality for tourism in Israel."
Registration is open through to : https://survey.gov.il/he/node/
More information (in Hebrew) https://www.gov.il/he/
- Written by Silvia G Golan
"Dan" hotel chain were selected in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.
In a moving event, the management of the "Dan" hotel chain and the managers of the hotels received special diplomas following the election of hotels within this chain to be included in the star classification list!
Rafi Sadeh, CEO of the "Dan" hotel chain organized a ceremony to grant special diplomas to the hotels within this chain that were selected to be included in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.
The ceremony was carried out with the participation of the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Yariv Levin, the CEO of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Amir Halevy, and the President of the Association of Hotels in Israel, Mr. Eli Gonen.
In the ceremony participated the management of the "Dan" hotel chain and the managers of the hotels that were included in the star classification list of the Ministry of Tourism.
The "Dan" hotels that were graded with the highest level in the "5 Star Plus" classification are: King David in Jerusalem, Dan Tel Aviv, Dan Eilat and Dan Carmel in Haifa.
In addition, the hotel Dan Boutique in Jerusalem was graded within the "4 Star Plus" classification.
The ceremony took place on Monday, 15.8.2016, in the "Kria" ("קריאה") hall within the lobby of the King David hotel in Jerusalem.
Photos Silvia Golan
- Written by Taglit
Young Jewish Business Leaders from America Complete Two Month Internship in Israel
Birthright Israel's young business leadership program completes its sixth cycle:
60 students from the U.S., Mexico and Canada concluded a two-month internship at leading companies in Israel through the Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship Program
Last Night, Wednesday, 03/08/16, an event held at the Peres Peace Center marked the end of the sixth year of the Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship Program. "The Jewish world's business leadership community built in recent years by Birthright Israel is a project of significant importance, bearing many fruits to be harvested in years to come. Through the program, Jewish students receive an unparalleled opportunity to get to know the country and intern in its leading companies. We have already witnessed the cultivation of strong ties between future business leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's business sector. These bonds result in far reaching and extensive international collaborations" said Gidi Mark International CEO of Birthright Israel. The event, was attended by prominent individuals such as Eli Groner, Prime Minister Netanyahu's Director-General, Mr. Yoram Tietz, Chairman of Birthright Israel Excel Program and Managing Partner of EY Israeland Israeli business leaders.
This year, Excel welcomed 60 students from 29 top universities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada carefully chosen by Birthright Israel out of thousands of candidates. During their stay, students of Excel, benefited from meetings with Israeli leaders in various fields, went on tours and attended workshops as well as professional seminars with customized business mentoring that helped establish a deep understanding of Israel's business world. The Students interned with 42 leading Israeli business companies primarily in the fields of finance, consulting and technology. Executives of leading Israeli companies who participated in the program in 2016 include: Yoram Tietz- EY Israel, Roi Ben-Yamini – LR group, Adi Sofer Teeni- General Manager Facebook, Jonny Saacks- Genesis Partners, Mody Rosen- Magma and others. Three companies of particular interest this year belong to Excel Israeli alumni: Aviel Siman- Tov from Fairfly, Erez Naaman from Scopio and Dean Sysman from Cymettria. Upon return to the United States Mexico and Canada, the students will join the Birthright Israel Excel alumni community, where they will continue developing their networks.
This year, the Birthright Israel Excel program expanded its activity and launched "Excel Ventures", an innovative, first of its kind, global Initiative, in which 10 American entrepreneur students from leading universities in the US and 8 Israelis, who are graduates of elite technology units of the IDF took part in a technology start-up training boot camp. During the 10-week intensive program, participants spent their time in the startup scene of Tel Aviv, and became partners in the initial development stages of their very own Start-Up. Ventures, served as an accelerator for the young ambitious entrepreneurs: they went through all the critical stages of bringing an idea to life, putting a team together, finding investors and carrying out a reality-changing new concept.
Birthright co-founders and philanthropists Michael and Judy Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman, created Birthright Israel Excel six years ago with the aim of developing a cadre of future Jewish leaders, and empower them in the world of business, technology, and social entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Excel Fellows’ connection and commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and to foster the development of a collaboration between international and Israeli companies. The program is supported by the Steinhardt Family Foundation, The Lynn and Charles Schusterman family foundation, and the Paul E. Singer Foundation.
About Birthright Israel
Birthright Israel connects young Jews to the State of Israel as well as to their Jewish identity through a free ten-day educational tour of the country. Over the past 16 years, Birthright Israel has opened the eyes of hundreds of thousands of trip participants to the people and the land of Israel. The trip aims to build an understanding, friendship, and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide. This allows for the creation of new friendships between participants and Israelis as well as deepens their understanding of the country and the Jewish religion and connects participants to their Jewish heritage. Birthright Israel is considered the most successful and largest Zionist project in the Jewish world.
Birthright Israel has a unique, historical and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, thousands of individual donors and private philanthropists, and Jewish communities around the world through the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The gift of a trip to Israel started with philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt. Each year, individuals from across the world donate to Birthright Israel with the shared belief that it is the birthright of all young Jews to be able to visit their ancestral homeland.
Since its inception in 1999, over 500,000 Jews from over 66 countries have participated in the free 10-day educational tour of Israel. Of these over 80,000 young Israeli soldiers (from prestigious units of the IDF) and students have joined various groups on their tours.
Over the years, several studies have been conducted at Brandies University, located in the USA, demonstrating the lasting effect on Diaspora Jews when focusing on their Jewish identity, their connection to Israel and their ability to promote the country.
1. Guests: Mr. Yoram Tietz, Chairman of Birthright Israel Excel Program and Managing Partner of EY Israel,Ifat Bechor, Executive Director, Birthright Israel Excel Eli Groner, Prime Minister Netanyahu's Director-General and Inbal Arieli VP Strategic Partnerships, Start-Up Nation Central.
2. The participants
Photos by Avishai Finkelstein