Sponsors & Partners 2010

Rami Kalish I  Pitango Venture capital- Co-Founders of TSAV 8 to BCN

Pitango Venture Capital is Israel's largest venture capital firm and a lead investor in seed, early and expansion stage companies. It has helped grow over 100 companies, managing funds in excess of $1.3 billion in committed capital. 
The team's unique hands-on approach and personal involvement in each portfolio company is reflected in dedicated and informal working relationships with entrepreneurs. 
The Pitango is a semi-wild cherry that grows in almost every Israeli neighborhood. Finding the ripened Pitango fruit takes persistence, as the best Pitangos are always the hardest to find.

Yael Shany  I Branding Strategist, Co Founder of TSAV 8 to BCN 

A strategic consultant specialised in Integrated Marketing Communication (from concept and vision,   investors relations and up to advertising). Community manager of Open Coffee Club Israel- an entrepreneurs & mentors community.
Prior to that Yael has 10 years experience heading strategic and creative planning in advertising agencies. She has led strategic branding processes, advertising and communication strategies for telecom companies, such as MIRS, BEZEQ, CELLCOM, as well as with commercial companies such as Jaguar, Corona, El-Al and more.
MA in Social Psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Microsoft Israel Research & Development Center I 1 of 3 Strategic Global Centers 

Chosen as one of Microsoft's three strategic Global Development Centers,                         the Microsoft Israel Research and Development Center is home to some of the       Company's most exciting and innovative technologies. Led by industry leaders,  
such as Corporate VP and president of the center, Moshe Lichtman, the center                                                                                  is comprised of incubations and mature, next-generation product development activities designed for new business segments and key growth areas in the fields of Telecom, Security and Online Services.

With over $600 million currently under management, several successful exits, and a growing portfolio of promising start-ups, Carmel is among Israel’s top-tier venture capital funds. Carmel’s investments are focused primarily on early stage companies in the fields of Software, Communications, Internet, Media, Semiconductors, and Consumer Electronics.  Founded in 2000 by pioneers and leaders of the Israeli high tech industry, Carmel provides significant capital and active, hands-on support through the growth cycle of its portfolio companies and is recognized as a true company building fund in Israel. Carmel, headquartered in Herzliya, Israel enjoys a worldwide network of industry, strategic and investment resources.
Carmel is an affiliate of the Viola Group, a leading innovative private equity investment group with $2B under management focused on technology-based investment opportunities in Israel.  
For more information, please visit www.carmelventures.com.

Vertex Venture Capital

 A top-tier Israeli VC with $600 million under management, has an experienced multi-disciplinary team of professionals, an impressive track record of exits through M&A and IPO and a strong international investor base. The Vertex team excels in identifying and investing in winners and works closely with management in company building, generating business opportunities and leveraging synergies through its extensive global network of financial and industrial leaders.  As the Israeli VC with the largest number of strategic and financial investors from Asia, Vertex opens doors in this territory for its portfolio companies to penetrate markets and find partners and customers. Vertex was founded in 1997 and invests in high technology companies throughout their early stages of development in the areas of information networking and communications systems, software and components, digital media and enterprise software and greentech.  For more information: http://www.VertexVC.com

American Express Travel  I Experts for conferences and exhibitions travels

Among the leading companies in Israel in the field of business travels, serving with 140 experienced agents, operating in 23 branches within Israel. 
AMEX Travel is the leader in exhibitions, offering an experience knowledgeable team, accessible 24 hours a day, taking care of a variety of exclusive services among it special flights, hotels, passes, board rooms, translations etc. We believe that our vast experience working with business clients, in the field of conventions and conferences, persisting on leading knowledge and technology tools, will enable us to contribute to the success of our clients in their business travels.  

The Israeli Hi-tech Industry Association

The High Tech Industry Association mission is to strengthen the Israeli high tech industry across the whole value chain by creating the required market conditions in order to promote the establishment of world class technology companies. The organization will promote the interests of the industry’s entrepreneurs,  the technology companies the financial investors across and the entire eco-system. With this clear mission, the High Tech Industry Association will provide its members with a wide range of industry-specific services such as public policy advocacy, professional development, networking, research publications, PR, business development and more.