The BRIDGE 2016 – Highlight Reel and Keynote Videos

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2016


The BRIDGE: Israel-Australia Investment Summit brought together over 400 leading investors, innovators and senior governmental representatives to inspire, disrupt and connect.

The summit showcased some of the most exciting Israeli innovation in fields as diverse as cyber security, medtech, sustainable agriculture, water technology, and frontier technologies, such as AR/VR, drones and automotive technologies.

It is our privilege to share with you the highlights from The BRIDGE 2016.


To watch the full presentations from The BRIDGE 2016, follow the links below:

Day 1

The World of 100 Doors  Dov Moran, Managing Partner, Grove Ventures

Power Pitch – Carlos Benaim, CEO, Deep Learning Robotics

Innovating for Global Players – Nagraj Kashyap, Corporate VP, Microsoft Ventures

Panel Discussion: Corporate Innovation
Moderated by: Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer – Cisco
Participants: Ayala Domani, Telstra; Nagraj Kashyap, Microsoft; Tzipi Avioz, AMP; Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed; Hadas Kroitoru, Israel Innovation Authority

Learnings from a leading investor in Israeli tech start-ups
Live interview of Paul Bassat, Director, Square Peg Capital
Interviewed by Ethy Levy, Israel Trade Commissioner


Impact Nation Stream @ Main Theatre
Special Welcome by Sir Ronald Cohen 

Gathering Momentum: the Impact Investing Landscape in Australia – Daniel Madhavan, CEO, Impact Investing Australia

From Start-Up Nation to Impact Nation: How Israel Can Lead the World of Social Impact – Sandrine Montsma, Managing Partner, Bridges Israel 

Power Pitch – Eran Orr, Founder and CEO, VRPhysio

Panel Discussion: Combining Profit with Purpose: Stories from the Field
Moderated by: Amanda Miller, Co-Founder, Impact Generation Partners
Participants:  Sandrine Montsma, Bridges Israel; Daniel Madhavan, Impact Investing Australia; Jackie Coates, Telstra Foundation; Grant Fuzi, Blue River Group; Karen Bohm, Pangaea Impact Investments


Cyber Nation Stream @ The Forum / Tel Aviv Cafe
Overview of the Israeli Cyber Security sector – Richard Vesely, Senior Director of Business and Trade Development, Israel Trade Commission

Power Pitch – Natan Barak, CEO, mPrest

Disruptive Models for Investing in Cyber Security – Barak Rabinowitz, Managing Partner, F2 Capital

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Cyber Security Opportunities
Moderated by: Dilan Rajasingham, Executive Manager, Technology Innovation, Commonwealth Bank
Participants: Chris Mohan, Telstra; Barak Rabinowitz, F2 Capital; Andrey Shirben, Avantgard; Natan Barak, mPrest; Adi Ashkenazy, XM Cyber


VC Pitch – Sigalit Klimovsky, Partner, Grove Ventures

Israel’s AR/VR Landscape  Eylon Penchas, Managing Partner, Viola Partners

Power Pitch – Ori Danieli, APAC rep, Cimagine

Real Elevator Pitch Competition


Day 2

Welcome Address by The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport

The Israeli story – David StarkGeneral Partner, OurCrowd

Power Pitch – Ran Krauss, Co-Founder and CEO, Airobotics

Artificial Intelligence for Self Driving Cars – Prof. Amnon Shashua, Founder, CTO and Chairman, Mobileye 

Panel Discussion: Changing gears to Global scale – Turning Koalas into Gazelles
Intro and Moderation: David Thodey, Chair, Jobs for NSW
Participants: Topaz Conway, Springboard; Dov Moran, Grove Ventures; Annie Parker, Muru-D; Dan Bennett, OurCrowd; Amir Eldad, A2E Partners

Panel Discussion: Industry 4.0 – The Future of Manufacturing
Intro and Moderation: Richard Macchiesi, GM – Insights and Innovation, VISY
Participants: Prof Amnon Shashua, Mobileye; Bronwyn Fox, Swinburne Factory of the Future; Ran Krauss, Airobotics; Carlos Benaim, DLR; Ztiki Fuchs, Bio-Nexus

Investing in us: Trends in HealthTech – Yossi Bahagon, Managing Partner, OurCrowd Qure

Crowd Wisdom – Interactive session with the audience
Led by Eliav Alaluf, Founding Partner, Follow[the]Seed and Yifat Shirben, Entrepreneurial Marketer

Power Pitch – Avi Posen, VP Business Development, EQUInom

AquAgro presentation  Hillel Milo, Managing Partner, AquAgro Fund II

Panel Discussion: Israel-Australia Agtech opportunities
Moderated by: Craig Shapiro, Co-CEO and Founder, Blue River Group
Participants: Hillel Milo, AquAgro Fund; Ben van Delden, KPMG; Gil Shalev, EQUInom; Campbell Newman, SwarmFarm

Power Pitch  Andrew Hamilton, NeoTop

Invest in Israel – Hovav Ref, Head of Investor Relations, Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry 

Panel Discussion: So how do we do it? Models of investment
Moderated by: Yonatan Altman, Chairman, APM & Co.
Participants: Alex Waislitz, Thorney Investments; Sigalit Klimovsky, Grove Ventures; Eylon Penchas, Viola Partners; Andrey Shirben, Avantgard; Gary Leibler, Shavit Capital

ASX Pitch  Max Cunningham, Head of Listings, ASX

We went FINTECH Shopping in Israel
Michael Heine, Joint Managing Director, Netwealth and Uri Gruenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder, TipRanks

Why global connections are so important – Cliff Rosenberg, MD S.E. Asia & Australia NZ, LinkedIn

The BRIDGE: Interconnecting our Ecosystems 
Moderated by: Nathan Cher, Tech Entrepreneur & Investor, NCN Investments
Innovators: Eran Orr, VRPhysio; Ran Krauss, Airobotics; Topaz Conway, Springboard Enterprises; Dov Moran, Inventor of the USB
Government: Ethy Levy, Israel Trade Commission; Dave Sharma, Australian Embassy; Hadas Kroitoru, Israel Innovation Authority; Omri Wislizki, Tel Aviv Landing Pad
Investors: Kerri Lee Sinclair, Kin Group; Matthew Koertge, Telstra Ventures; Yaron Eilot, iAngels; Barry Brott, Square Peg Capital

Vote of Thanks – Phillip Jones, CTO (Acting), Telstra 

Closing Remarks and Special Awards to Leading Investors