Wednesday - June 12, 2019
Special Guests: Professor Eugene Kandel from the Jerusalem School of Business Administration and Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Hebrew University alumni who are leading entrepreneurs
Thursday - June 13, 2019
The Peres Center for Peace & Innovation
NEXUS Israel participants will be some of the first visitors of the Peres Center, set to open later in 2019, to spotlight some of the most advanced technology emerging from Israel, including several developed at Hebrew University (such as OrCam). The museum offers private tours as well. Its impressive auditorium overlooks the sea and features a virtual reality room.
Lecture by Professor David (Dudi) Gershon, Founder of the Gershon Fintech Center
Travel to Rehovot
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Introduction by Professor Yaakov (Koby) Nahmias, Director of the Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering
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 have a multitude of food technologies including SavorEat, ChickP, and BetterJuice. Participants will enjoy learning these products’ positive impact on the ecosystem and health.
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 of all kinds.
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 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, managed by two PhD students in the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. 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.
Travel to Jerusalem
Jerusalem Design Week Opening Event: Cocktail Party
Tour of Hansen House – Center for Design, Media and Technology
Friday - June 14, 2019
How Jerusalem became a startup 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
Gidi Etzion, Senior Director, Intel
Pini Lozowick, Chairman and Founder, ClearVuze
Stav Erez, Partner, Labs/02
Dr. Amnon Dekel, Executive Director, HUJI Innovate
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. They will emphasize the importance of the Hebrew University in their professional development as they share their initiatives.
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 Break with 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.
Traditional Shabbat Dinner with Students and Faculty Members
Saturday - June 15, 2019
9:00 am Depart from the King David Hotel Professor Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University Vice President of International Affairs
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 Led by Professor Yosef Garfinkel, whose Hebrew University Archaeology Department team excavated the site, tour Khirbet Qeiyafa’s First Temple period remains, associated with the Biblical city of Shaarayim. 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 size of the Davidic Kingdom.
11:30 am Descend, 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 Continue your off-road tour at a vineyard; taste wines, and enjoy conversation with the boutique winery’s owner and Professor Zohar Kerem, Professor of Food Chemistry/Food Science and Head of External Relations, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, 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
Closing Meeting of the NEXUS Israel Innovation Forum
Opening Reception of the 82nd Board of Governors:
Guest of Honor: Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem