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OurCrowd Global Investor Summit to Address New Challenges Facing High-tech Startups

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  • Middle East’s largest investor event reconvenes in Jerusalem on Feb. 15th for the first time since 2020
  • Sessions will address climate change, food and water insecurity, health access, pollution, tangled supply-chains, online security­ and other urgent issues facing the global community
  • Global array of speakers include Israeli President Isaac Herzog, WHO Foundation CEO Anil Soni, Fauda star Lior Raz, Softbank Israel lead Yossi Cohen, US Ambassador Thomas Nides
  • Pavilion sponsored by MENA region; delegations and speakers from Middle East and North Africa highlight business opportunities following Abraham Accords

JERUSALEM, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, the largest investor event in the Middle East, returns to Jerusalem on February 15, 2023, with more than 6,000 in-person participants expected from over 70 countries around the world, including delegations from Asia, Latin America, Australia, Europe, the US, the Middle East and North Africa.

The Summit celebrates 10 years since the founding of OurCrowd and securing more than $2.1B in investment commitments. The OurCrowd portfolio saw its 61st exit in January, with more expected imminently.

Summit speakers announced so far include Israeli President Isaac Herzog; Yossi Cohen of SoftBank; US Ambassador Thomas Nides; Dr. Karin Noy, Emerging Science & Innovation Lead, Pfizer; Lior Raz of “Fauda;” Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Foods; Anil Soni, CEO, WHO Foundation; Melissa Drew, Digital Transformation Executive Advisor, IBM; Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chief Scientist and Chairman, Israel Innovation Authority; Saul Singer, co-author, “Start-Up Nation”; Jared Heyman, Managing Partner, Rebel Fund; Christina Karapataki, Partner, Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Dr. Noam Wasserman, Dean, Syms Business School, Author, “The Founder’s Dilemmas;” Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, Obesity Medicine Specialist and Researcher, Startup Board Member, Harvard Medical School a world leading obesity expert and other great speakers.

With OurCrowd managing $2.1B in commitments, many OurCrowd portfolio companies will be on hand to discuss startups defying the downturn and how to make promising investments in a bear market. These will include Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos, which recently went public on the Nasdaq after bookings in 2022 grew by 154% YoY; Remilk CEO Aviv Wolf, partnering with General Mills on lactose-free, vegan cream cheese deal using non-animal milk proteins and H2Pro CEO Talmon Marco signing with Morocco’s Gaia Energy to develop gigawatt-scale green hydrogen.

Under the theme “Startups: Saving the Planet,” the Summit will address major issues such as climate change, food and water insecurity, health access, pollution, tangled supply-chains, and online security. Popular summit sessions will include “Eat the Sharks,” where VC’s pitch the startups; “Demo Theater,” an opportunity to see the tech of the future in action; and “Top Ten Tech Trends,” a look at what will be hot, disruptive, and actionable in the coming year.

FoodTech companies developing alternative proteins will have samples to taste, and mobility startups like AirEV (a personal electric VTOL plane) will have models to touch.

The Summit this year is marked by the presence of major delegations and pavilions from the Middle East and North Africa.

A special press conference will be held on Summit Day, February 15, at 8:00 with OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved, OurCrowd Arabia Chairman Dr. Sabah al-Binali, alongside other partners from the Gulf to discuss how the Abraham Accords are creating a new dawn of cooperation in the region.

“This is the first OurCrowd Summit since the signing of the Abraham Accords and the establishment of OurCrowd Arabia. I am looking forward to introducing the opportunities for business between Israel and the MENA region,” said al-Binali.

“As a global platform proudly based in Israel, we have seen the Middle East business landscape transformed by the Abraham Accords,” Medved said. “OurCrowd has been among the Israeli business leaders spearheading relations with our neighbors and was the first Israeli VC licensed to operate in the UAE. We will celebrate this new climate of cooperation at the Summit as we welcome guests from across the Middle East and North Africa.”

A session exploring “What’s Next for the Middle East: Insights from Leaders of a Regional Power” will also take place at the Mid-Day Plenary.

“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary and reaching this major milestone of $2.1B of investment commitments, we see that in the three years since the last OurCrowd Summit, the world has changed, presenting major challenges that need the solutions that only technology can provide,” said Medved. “Our companies are helping to solve problems in health equity, food and agriculture, cybersecurity, clean energy and alternative proteins, all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the subsequent global energy crisis, and severe climate challenges.”

The Summit will host more than 200 CEOs and senior executives from OurCrowd’s extensive portfolio, a number of them unicorns, including Daniel Schreiber, Co-founder and CEO of Lemonade; Dr. Gilly Regev, CEO and Co-founder of SaNOtize; Gil Perry, CEO and Co-founder of D-ID; Gregory Keller, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of JumpCloud, and many more.

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About OurCrowd

OurCrowd is the online global venture investing platform that empowers institutions and individual accredited investors to invest and engage in emerging technology companies at an early stage. Acclaimed by PitchBook* and Startup Nation Central as the most active venture investor in Israel, OurCrowd vets and selects companies across all sectors and stages, invests its own capital, and provides its global platform of over 220,000 registered members from 195 countries with unparalleled access and freedom to co-invest from as little as $10,000 in the companies and funds of their choice.

Founded by CEO Jon Medved in 2013 with the vision of democratizing world-class venture capital investing, OurCrowd has grown rapidly into the world’s leading online venture investing platform and as of 2023 has over $2.1B in commitments, and deployed capital into 380 portfolio companies and 42 funds across five continents. To date, OurCrowd’s startups have recorded 61 exits including several public market listings: Beyond Meat (BYND), Lemonade (LMND), Innoviz (INVZ), Hub Security (HUB), Arbe (ARBE), Alpha Tau (DRTS), Freightos (CRGO); and numerous high-profile acquisitions: JUMP by Uber, BriefCam by Canon, Argus by Continental, Crosswise by Oracle, Replay by Intel, Corephotonics by Samsung, CyberX by Microsoft, and Kenna Security by Cisco.

OurCrowd builds value for its portfolio companies throughout their lifecycles, providing mentorship, recruiting industry advisors, navigating follow-on rounds and creating growth opportunities through its network of multinational partnerships.

About OurCrowd Global Investor Summit: “Where the Startup World Gathers”

The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit will take place in Jerusalem on February 15, 2023. The Summit, which provides unique access to private companies you can invest in, is one of the premier events in the startup world and the biggest investor event in the Middle East. The Summit provides exclusive exposure to cutting-edge technologies, the entrepreneurs behind them, and the corporate leaders deploying them. On stage, in interactive demos, and one-to-one with startup founders, attendees get unparalleled access and intel. Top investors, venture capitalists, innovation executives, entrepreneurs and journalists come to the heart of Startup Nation to get business done. A week of surrounding events includes corporate meetups, VC forums, insider access to accelerators and labs, and opportunities for great food, drink, and networking with the global crowd. As previous participants have said, “There’s no better place than the OurCrowd Summit to start thinking about the big themes.”

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