On December 12th, Nefesh B’Nefesh hosted over 300 Olim at the beautiful “Rise TLV” communal workspace for “Tech Talks: Innovation in the Startup Nation.” The event featured five of the leading and emerging voices in the Israeli tech ecosystem, including Michael Eisenberg, Equal Partner at Aleph VC and Sivan Ya’ari, Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa. The attendees were eager to learn about employment opportunities in the start-up nation, to hear first-hand tips on how to make it in the startup nation, as well as rub shoulders with potential employers and useful contacts. Attendees ranged from those who have founded their own Israeli companies, to those seeking guidance about navigating the professional tech environment. Nefesh B’Nefesh had staff members from its employment department on-hand to address individual interest in breaking into the Israeli tech scene.
“We want to show two things in this event: one is how Olim have impacted the tech scene, and two, show the incredible Israeli tech world to Olim,” Nefesh B’Nefesh executive vice president Zev Gershinsky told The Jerusalem Post. “This is our way to introduce tech to Olim and introduce Olim to tech.”
The panel of speakers spanned the spectrum of Israel’s tech community, most of whom are Olim themselves. The panel began with a chat between Michael Eisenberg and Ilan Regenbaum, a lone soldier currently serving as the Head of Business Development in the Israeli Air Force’s Innovation Department and is involved in the early-stage investment fund, Elevator Fund. The two Olim, a generation apart, shared their Aliyah experiences with the audience and dispensed tips on entering and navigating the tech and innovation scene. This was followed by talks from Devorah Mason, COO and CFO of Voiceitt, and Moe Mernick, who runs business development at Hometalk. Sivan Ya’ari closed the event with her remarks on her innovation and empowerment of communities, both in Israel and the developing world.
“One of Israel’s greatest achievements is the significant role it plays in shaping the international tech industry. We are incredibly proud that our Olim have been able to contribute to this thriving ecosystem, and look forward to many more successful events like this in the future, where we will be able to showcase the continuing impact of Olim within the Startup Nation,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh.
“In doing talks and events like this, Nefesh B’Nefesh they realized how to adjust what they do for Olim. I would recommend for other Olim to utilize Nefesh B’Nefesh if they are interested in the tech-world and the start-up nation,” Regenbaum told the Post.
For pictures and more information, visit the event Facebook album.