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Wednesday - June 12, 2019

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Beit - Karandagi, 7 Uriel da Costa St , Tel Aviv


Special Guest: Professor Eugene Kandel, Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central and former Head of the National Economic Council and Economic Advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister

10:00 pm -
Hilton Hotel - 205 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv


Thursday - June 13, 2019

9:00 am - 11:30 am
The Peres Center for Peace & Innovation, 132 Kedem St. Tel Aviv

The Peres Center for Peace & Innovation


NEXUS Israel participants will receive a private tour and be among the first visitors at the Israeli Innovation Center, set to open later in 2019. The tour will include the virtual reality room and spotlight some of the most advanced technology emerging from Israel, including several developed at the Hebrew University (such as OrCam). 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Peres Center for Peace & Innovation, 132 Kedem St. Tel Aviv

Lecture by Professor David (Dudi) Gershon, Founder of the new Hebrew University Fintech Center and former CEO and Chairman of SuperDerivatives

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Maganda Restaurant, 26 Rabbi Meir St., Tel Aviv


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Travel to Rehovot

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Faculty Club at The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Rehovot

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Introduction by Professor Yaakov (Koby) Nahmias, Director, Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering, Director, BioDesign Medical Innovation


Moderator: Professor Masha Niv, Vice Dean for Research and Development, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment 


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Agro Tech Workshop:

Hebrew University and Yissum will present a wealth of  food technologies impressing their positive impact on health and the ecosystem.



SavorEat is a company that has developed a 3-D printing technology with plant-based ingredients to create appetizing meat-substitute products which can be prepared many ways.



ChickP has created the first neutral taste chickpea protein as an answer to the decline in meat and dairy consumption. They have devised a way to extract up to 90% pure protein from the chickpea which has enabled production of a variety of meat or dairy-like foods.



BetterJuice has developed a process by which sugar is removed from either fresh, pasteurized, or concentrated fruit juices and converted into healthy dietary fiber and non-digestible sugars.



SesameX has created unique sesame cultivars well-adapted to mechanical harvesting through a non-GMO breeding technology. These new methodologies will likely revolutionize and expand worldwide sesame cultivation and markets.


Pilpel Seeds

Pilpel Seeds provides unique and superior pepper seeds to local and international markets utilizing Dr. Yonatan Elkind’s 28 years of research. Their wide variety of pepper seeds incorporate distinctive, sustainable traits expanding growers’ profitability.



Facultech is Hebrew University’s first student-focused agritech, foodtech, and cleantech accelerator program. This community of over 750 students and alumni have monthly meet-ups to collaborate with venture capitalists, NGOs, government bodies, industry giants and start-ups.


4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Greenhouse Tours


Led by Professor Menachem Moshelion, of the Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, visit the iCORE Center for Functional Phenotyping of Whole-Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses


Led by Professor Jaap van Rijn, of the Department of Animal Sciences, Zero Discharge Aquaculture, take a second greenhouse tour.


5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Travel to Jerusalem

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hansen House, 14 Gedayahu Alon St., Jerusalem

Jerusalem Design Week Opening Event: Cocktail Party

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hansen House,14 Gedayahu Alon St., Jerusalem

Tour of Hansen House – Center for Design, Media and Technology

Friday - June 14, 2019

9:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering The Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem

HUJI Innovate:

How Jerusalem Became a Start-up City in its Own Right: Social Impact in Innovation


9:00 am – 10:30 am:

Why Jerusalem? Overview of the Jerusalem Tech Ecosystem


Moderator: Yishai Fraenkel, Vice President and Director General of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former General Manager of Intel, Jerusalem




Stav Erez, Partner, Labs/02


Gidi Etzion, Senior Director, Intel


Dr. Amnon Dekel, Executive Director, HUJI Innovate


Dr. Tsafi Danieli   Director, BioGiv Excubator


10:30 am – 10:45 am Break


10:45 – 12:15 pm

Women in Israeli High-Tech

Meet female graduates of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, innovators in the Start-up Nation. 


Moderator: Sophie Shulman, Hebrew University alumna and co-author of  The Israeli Mind- Story of Israeli Innovation and editor of the Capital Market section of Calcalist



Liron Azrielant General Partner at Meron Capital

Mirit Kagarlitsky Co-Founder & CEO at Wenspire

Sarah Levy, CTO at Sight Diagnostics

Hamutal Meridor, Head of Palantir Israel


12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Light Lunch


12:45 pm – 1:30 pm    

Hackathon:​ Moderator: Ayelet Cohen, Deputy Director HUJI Innovate

Three winning Hebrew University Hackathon (speed development tech event) groups will present their design pitches and answer questions.



8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
King David Hotel, 23 David Hamelech, Jerusalem

Traditional Shabbat Dinner with Students and Faculty Members 

Saturday - June 15, 2019

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Archaeology and Wine in the Judean Lowlands

9:00 am    Depart from the King David Hotel.  Professor Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University Vice President of International Affairs will accompany the tour.


9:45 am  Visit the Elah Valley, the site associated with David and Goliath’s famous battle. Board off-road vehicles for a drive along the Israel National Trail and ascend the summit of Khirbet Qeiyafa.


10:30 am Tour Khirbet Qeiyafa’s First Temple period remains, associated with the Biblical city of Shaarayim.  Tour will be led by Profesor Yosef Garfinkel, whose Hebrew University Archaeology Department team excavated the site. Learn about rare artifacts found on-site and view a 3-D presentation of the ruined city. Learn the archaeological and historical significance of this Biblical location, closely tied to the eminence of the Davidic Kingdom.


11:30 am   Continue, off-road from Khirbet Qeiyafa through the Judean Lowlands. 


12:00 pm   Visit remains of Jewish life from the Roman period at Hirbat Bourgin including a guided tour of the ancient wine press.


12:30 pm The off-road tour continues at Hadar Winery vineyard; taste wines and enjoy conversation with Hadar Winery’s owner and  Professor Zohar Kerem, Professor of Food Chemistry and Head of the International MSc Program in Viticulture and Enology.


1:30 pm Drive to Ramat Avishur


2:00 pm Enjoy lunch on the shaded hills of Ramat Avishur, overlooking the Mediterranean coastline.


3:30 pm Depart for Jerusalem with (time permitting) a brief visit to the caves at Hibat Midras.


5:30 pm Arrive at the King David Hotel



5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
King David Hotel, 23 David Hamelech, Jerusalem

Closing Meeting of the NEXUS Israel Innovation Forum


9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Palm Beach Courtyard, Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Opening Reception of the 82nd Board of Governors:

Guest of Honor: Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem