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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, GIBF and Qualcomm. The committee will select 24 companies which will move on to the semi-final stage.

To view terms and conditions: click here

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

READY. SET. GO.

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 | June 25, 2019
meet your mentors and start working on your perfect pitch

Professional guidance meetings | Minimum 2 meetings
with leading VC’s, principals and EY experts

Second professional workshop and general rehearsal | July 22, 2019

Semi-finals | August 1, 2019
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 | September 3-4, 2019

Final rehearsal and JOURNEY cocktail | September 17, 2019

THE PITCH competition finals | September 18, 2019
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

Moderator

Noam Canetti
Senior Partner
EY Israel

Christoph Auer
Judge

Christoph Auer-Welsbach
Partner
IBM Ventures, IBM Corp.

Rona Segev Gal
Judge

Rona Segev
Managing Partner
TLV Partners

Izhar Shay
Judge

MK Izhar Shay
Blue & White
knesset

merav weinryb
Judge

Merav Weinryb
Managing Director, Europe & Israel
Qualcomm Ventures

Nir Adler
Mentor

Nir Adler
General Partner
State of Mind

Yael Alroy
Mentor

Yael Alroy
Principal
Viola

Ido Bar On
Mentor

Ido Bar On
Investments Manager
lool Ventures

Sapir Ben-Harosh
Mentor

Sapir Ben-Harosh
Associate
Pitango

Eran Bielski
Mentor

Eran Bielski
General Partner
Entrée Capital

Tami Bronner
Mentor

Tami Bronner
Executive in Residence
Vertex Veture

Lia Cromwell
Mentor

Lia Cromwell
Investor
UpWest Labs

Mentor

Noa Franko-Ohana
Business Development Executive
IBM

Limor Ganot
Mentor

Limor Ganot
Partner
Gefen Capital

Sian Goldofsky
Mentor

Sian Goldofsky
Investor
ICV

Nate Jaret
Mentor

Nate Jaret
Senior Associate
Maniv Mobility

Sigalit Klimovsky
Mentor

Sigalit Klimovsky
Partner
Grove Ventures

Rami Lachter
Mentor

Rami Lachter
Principal
Stageone

Liron Langer
Mentor

Liron Langer
Chief Investment Officer
Nielsen Innovate

Adi Levanon
Mentor

Adi Levanon
Principal
Flint Capital

Pavel Livshiz
Mentor

Pavel Livshiz
Partner
Hetz Ventures

Yonatan Machado
Mentor

Yonatan Machado
Investor
Samsung NEXT Ventures

Itzik Mizrachi
Mentor

Itzik Mizrachi
Investment Team
Glilot Capital

Maya Pizov
Mentor

Maya Pizov
Partner
Amiti Ventures

Daniel Roditi
Mentor

Daniel Roditi
Principal
Meron Capital

Brian Sack
Mentor

Brain Sack
associate
TLV

Shimrit Shmuel
Mentor

Shimrit Shamuel

Naama Schlamm
Mentor

Naama Schlamm
investor
Bessemer Venture Partners

Shiran Shalev
Mentor

Shiran Shalev
Principal
Battery Ventures

Omri Toppol
Mentor

Omri Toppol
Principal
North First Investment Management

Rinat Yogev
Mentor

Rinat Yogev
Investment Manager
Union Tech

Roni Zahavi
Mentor

Roni Zahavi
Head of Business Operations
Cyberstarts

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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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