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  • Join Israel's top startups
  • Learn from the best mentors
  • Attend the most prestigious event
  • Enjoy vast exposure
  • Compete on the biggest stage
  • Become the choice of the industry
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THE PERFECT STAGE FOR YOUR STARTUP

THE PITCH is the leading startup competition in Israel, that gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to perfect your pitch.

Working closely with mentors from top Israeli VC’s and storytelling experts, we help you sharpen your pitch for the big day, the day when you’ll stand on the center stage at the JOURNEY conference, in front of the most influential people in the Israeli high-tech ecosystem and give them the show of your life!

4 minutes in which you’ll convince the entire high-tech ecosystem that your startup is the next big thing and that YOU ARE the right choice for the industry!
The perfect pitch can make a huge difference in your startup’s future and that’s why we’re here – to help you deliver the ideal pitch on the perfect stage, in order to take your company from obscurity to stardom.

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THE JOURNEY TO THE PERFECT PITCH

THE PITCH contest stages are designed to help you sharpen your pitch and prepare you for the big day at the JOURNEY conference.

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TRYOUTS

ONLY THE BEST STARTUPS WILL
MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STAGE

Applications

The screening process
After applying, your applications, presentations and executive summaries will be assessed by our special screening committee headed by EY Israel, IBM, ESOP, Pitango, GIBF, Qualcomm and Open. The committee will select 28 companies which will move on to the semi-final stage.

Their selections will be based on the following criteria:

  • Genuine innovation
  • Added value
  • Wide market potential
  • Focus and clarity
  • Entrepreneur teams
  • Actual solution for the “smart world” strategy

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START PERFECTING YOUR PITCH

At this stage, you will enjoy vast professional
assistance and guidance:

  • “One on one” mentoring sessions with leading
    VC’s, principals and EY experts
  • Professional presentation workshops designed
    and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.

Kick off meeting and first professional workshop
meet your mentors and start working on your perfect pitch

Professional guidance meetings
with leading VC’s, principals and EY experts

Second professional workshop and general rehearsal

Semi-finals
pitch in front of leading VC’s, angels and local & global investors and be chosen as one of the 8 finalists of THE PITCH competition. In addition, receive professional feedback, ask questions and form business relationships with industry leaders

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THE RACE
TO THE TOP

ONLY 8 FINALISTS WILL CONTINUE THE JOURNEY TO BECOME THE CHOICE OF THE INDUSTRY

Professional guidance meetings-
with leading VC’s, principals and EY experts

One-on-one professional guidance meetings for the 8 finalists

Final rehearsal and JOURNEY cocktail

THE PITCH competition finals
present your pitch on the biggest industry stage at the JOURNEY conference, and convince the entire Israeli high-tech industry that you are the next big thing. After each presentation the judges and the audience will rate the finalists and choose the winner of THE PITCH competition.

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We are searching for the next generation of leading high-tech companies in Israel. So if you’re a seed or an early stage startup with an extraordinary idea, we’re looking for you.

Participation criteria:

• Seed / early stage companies

• Max revenue of $3M

• Operating in various fields
(not including Cleantech and Medical Devices)

• Less than 3 years in the business

• Have raised a maximum of $3M

Mentor

Ran Achituv
Investor and Board Member
Entrée

Mentor

Nir Adler
Partner
State of mind

Mentor

Royi Benyossef
Ecosystem relations manager
Samsung NEXT

Mentor

Yair Cassuto
Principal
Pitango

Mentor

Tomer Diari
Associate
Bessemer

Mentor

Noa Franko-Ohana
Business Development
IBM

Mentor

Limor Ganot
Partner
Gefen Capital

Mentor

Liran Hason
Principal
Vertex

Mentor

Nate Jaret
Senior Associate
Maniv Mobility

Mentor

Kfir Kachlon
Principal
OurCrowd

Mentor

Julia Kagan
Associate
JVP

Mentor

Irit Kahan
Managing Director
DTCP

Mentor

Rami Lachter
Investment Manager
Stageone

Mentor

Yakir Marchiano
Principal
Nielsen

Mentor

Max Marin
Investment Analyst
Lool Ventures

Mentor

Shay Mishel
Managing Partner
ToDay Ventures

Mentor

Kobi Nissan
Investment Manager
Saban Venture

Mentor

Aya Peterburg
Partner
s Capital

Mentor

Itay Rand
Principal
Founders Group

Mentor

Natalie Refuah
Partner
Viola

Mentor

Gal Ringel
Principal
Verizon

Mentor

Daniel Roditi
Investment Associate
Merom Capital

Mentor

Brian Sack
Investment Team
TLV

Mentor

Shimrit Samuel
Partner
Amiti

Mentor

Omri Toppol
Principal
North First

Mentor

Rinat Yogev
Principal
Cognitive

Mentor

Ronnie Zehavi
Head of Business Operations
Cyberstarts

Mentor

Moshe Zilberstein
Senior Associate
NVP

THE PITCH IN THE PRESS

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Our pitch preparation process allows our semi-finalists to take part in unique presentation workshops and one-on-one meetings with industry leaders. Our goal is to help them prepare for the semifinal event which includes a live presentation in front of an audience of investors and c-level professionals from the industry. Those selected will then receive additional workshops and personal guidance in preparation for their “pitch perfect” moment at the finals in October.

 

The guidance process will be led by Barry Katz Ltd. The company was founded in 2001, and its team of experienced trainers has been selected for the third consecutive year to support the presenters in designing and delivering their best pitch. The trainers selected to work on “THE PITCH” are seasoned experts who have coached thousands of presenters, entrepreneurs and keynote speakers in global environments, competitions and roadshows. Their focus is placed on helping presenters identify and clarify a concise, clear message and then deliver it in a powerful and compelling style.

 

The Barry Katz team believes that NO ONE WILL RECOGNIZE A GOOD IDEA UNLESS IT IS WELL PRESENTED. Great ideas do not sell themselves. The presenter has to pitch an idea in a way that instantly grabs and keeps audiences attention. This can be best achieved with an authentic and unique style, with a simple easy to understand, clear and credible value statement.

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