ACCELERATE

YOUR WAY INTO
THE INDUSTRY

ACCELERATE

YOUR WAY INTO
THE INDUSTRY

THE PERFECT STAGE FOR YOUR STARTUP

THE PITCH is the leading startup competition
in Israel.
As a participant, you will enjoy working closely with mentors from top Israeli VCs and with leading professionals who will help you sharpen your pitch and prepare for the big day! Journey 2024 – your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present to the most influential people in the Israeli high-tech ecosystem and give them the show of your life!

We are here to help you deliver the ideal pitch on the perfect stage, in order to take your company from obscurity to stardom in only 3 minutes. You will have a chance to convince the entire high-tech ecosystem that your startup is the next big thing and that YOU ARE the right choice for the industry!

WHO CAN APPLY

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

THE JOURNEY TO THE PERFECT PITCH

01. Applications

Application will be open from 1.4.24 to 1.5.24.

02. The screening process

After applying, your applications, presentations and
executive summaries will be assessed by our special
screening committee.

03 Semi-finals

Semi-finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:
Genuine innovation | Added value | Wide market potential | Focus and clarity | Entrepreneur teams | Actual solution for the “smart world” strategy.

04 Finals

The 8 finalists will be selected and will present their pitch on the JOURNEY conference stage.

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ACCELERATE YOUR WAY INTO THE INDUSTRY

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Join Israel’s
top startups

Learn from the
best mentors

Attend the most
prestigious event

Enjoy vast
exposure

Compete on the
biggest stage

Professional assistance and guidance:
­“One on one” mentoring
sessions with leading VCs, principals and EY experts |
Professional presentation workshops designed and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.

Become the choice
of the industry

Join Israel’s
top startups

Learn from the
best mentors

Attend the most
prestigious event

Enjoy vast
exposure

Compete on the
biggest stage

Professional assistance and guidance:
­“One on one” mentoring
sessions with leading VCs, principals and EY experts |
Professional presentation workshops designed and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.

Become the choice
of the industry

Join Israel’s
top startups

Learn from the
best mentors

Attend the most
prestigious event

Enjoy vast
exposure

Compete on the
biggest stage

Professional assistance and guidance:
­“One on one” mentoring
sessions with leading VCs, principals and EY experts |
Professional presentation workshops designed and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.

Become the choice
of the industry

IMPORTANT DATES

01.

Kick off meeting and first professional workshop
19.6.24
meet your mentors and start working on your perfect pitch.

02.

Second professional
workshop and
Semi-finals rehearsal 
17.7.24

03.

Semi-finals 
25.7.24
Pitch your venture to leading VCs, angels and local & global investors and be selected as one of the 8 finalists of THE PITCH competition. In addition, receive professional feedback, ask questions and form business relationships with industry leaders.

04.

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

19-20.8.24

05.

THE PITCH competition finals
10.9.24
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 audience will rate the finalists and choose the winner of THE PITCH competition.

MODERATOR

Elad Sternlicht,-BW

Elad Sternlicht
Partner
EY Israel

JUDGES

Ido Engel

Cloud apps innovation lead, MEA
Microsoft

Adam Fisher

Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners

Yifat Oron

Senior Managing Director & Head of Blackstone Israel
Blackstone

Aya Peterburg

Founding Managing Partner
S Capital VC

MENTORS

Aviad Ben-Laish

Stageone

Eyal Ben Shlush

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

Ran Camchy

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

Avinoam Fachler

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

David Feldman

Principal
Flint Capital

Lizzy Goldman

Investor
Samsung Next

Sian Goldofsky

Principal
Glilot Capital

Nikki Hassan

Investor
Battery Ventures

Omer Kalderon

Head of Value Creation
State of mind

Tzlil Kovetz

Senior Associate
Vintage

Noga Lakritz

Fintech Business Research Lead
Team8

Uri Lampert

Principal
Viola

Emma Lipski

Principal
10D

Yonatan Mandelbaum

Principal
TLV Partners

Noa Matz

Operating Partner
F2 Capital

Dorin Pendus

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

Maya Pizov

Managing Partner
Amiti

Amit Sabag

Associate
TPY Capital

Nir Sabato

Investor
Entrée Capital

Yaniv Sadka

Investment Associate
Amoon

Yael Schiff

Investor
Bessemer Venture Partners

Marom Schneider

Associate
In-Venture

Joel Schoppig

Principal
Pitango Health Tech

Oren Schor

Associate
JVP

Noa Shamay

Associate
Cardumen Capital

Shelly Shemesh Menis

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz

Senior Associate
Ibex Investors

Dina Walker

Investor
lool ventures

Michal Weiner

Partner
Meitar Law Offices

EY MENTORS

Hila Alkoby

Itay Cohen

Sihar Elvas

Neil Elner

Guy Hadad

Nir Klaiman

Maya Leshem

Meitar Mazalian

Yosi Menachem

Dana Katz

Lior Kaplan

Anas Mhana

Omer Rtzabi

Bar Sabag

Lior Shapiro

Gal Ziv

PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Great ideas do not sell themselves. The best pitches instantly grab the audience’s attention, hold it throughout and present a clear, concise and valuable message in a memorable way.

To ensure our semi-finalists are fully prepared to present to investors and C-level executives, you will have the opportunity to take part in a tailored-for-you presentation skills program. This includes a group learning workshop and one-on-one meetings with industry leaders. Our finalists will receive additional workshops and personal guidance towards their “pitch perfect” moment at the finals.

The process is led by a team of seasoned experts from Barry Katz Ltd, who have coached thousands of presenters, entrepreneurs and keynote speakers around the world since 2001.

FORMER WINNERS

PRESS

GLOBES

Amai Protein

Geektime

Bancor

CALCALIST

Insurights

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