Eden Shochat, Advisory board

EDEN SHOCHAT

Eden Shochat is an equal partner at Aleph, a +$300 million venture capital fund focused on serving Israeli entrepreneurs who want to build big, scalable, global businesses. Prior to founding Aleph, Eden was a general partner at Genesis where he focused on seed-stage investments and was a co-founder of face.com, the world leader in massive, web-scale face recognition in social networks, acquired by Facebook. He also co-founded and was the CTO of Aternity, recently acquired by Riverbed, where he led the strategic product direction for its dominant user-experience monitoring platform.

Entrepreneurship is a passion for Eden, who founded ‘The Junction’, which was voted as the #1 startup program in Israel. He is one of the organizers of the annual Geekcon Geeks Conference and also teaches at the IDC (Herzeliya Interdisciplinary Center) Zell entrepreneurship program.

YORAN BAR

A mission oriented entrepreneur with a track record performing senior executive roles in the Israeli High Tech Scene, Yoran is currently CEO and Co-founder of BeaconCure, a startup developing an AI discovery platform for life science and healthcare data. 
He is also a founder and member of the advisory board of The HAC, 
the Israel Country Adviser for the ‘International Accelerator’ (Austin Texas, USA), 
and the International Adviser for TechGrind Asian Accelerator (Bangkok, Thailand). 


Yoran Bar, Advisory board
Tair Kowalsky, Advisory board

TAIR KOWALSKY

Tair is the general manager of SigmaLabs accelerator, and a founder of HAC. Tair is also a mentor at the IDC Entrepreneurship School and a lecturer in Public Relations at the IDC Communications School. As head and founder of accelerators, Tair works closely with early stage startups on their Biz-Dev challenges, while creating tailor-made programs, international agreements, networking around the clock, and so much more. Tair is an international speaker, representing the Israeli ecosystem with her vast knowledge in B2G, B2B, the accelerator field in Israel, and guiding international programs from the US, Europe, and Asia.

SAMUEL (SAM) BALANGA

Sam is an Entrepreneur and Tech Investor in early stage startups in Israel, England and the United States. In England, he served in various leadership positions, including two startups in the area of data and cloud computing which were both acquired. Throughout his career, he has specialized in solutions in the field of data and cloud computing. Sam has received numerous ­awards for his success in unique projects in these fields. He serves as a mentor in the ZELL Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, 8200 EISP and TechStars Barclays. Sam returned to Israel after spending more than 17 years in London and now lives in Herzliya.
Sam Balanga, Advisory board
Liad Rubin, Advisory Board

LIAD RUBIN

Liad Rubin is an investor with Kaedan Capital, a private investment group focusing on Israeli related, seed to early stage ventures in diverse technology areas.

Liad has experience working with start-ups on strategy and business development on both sides of the fence.


MORAN NIR

Moran Nir is the Executive Director of the ZELL Entrepreneurship Program at IDC Herzliya, Israel. Moran is an entrepreneurial leader, who is passionate about innovation, community and technology, and connecting them to make a difference. Her work experience is diverse; she led the MassChallenge Israel accelerator program, consulted and mentored young entrepreneurs, worked in several start-ups in different industries in Israel, including two which she founded. Moran volunteered with the Jewish Agency in the US, England and Israel and is an active member of the ROI Schusterman Community.
Moran Nir, Advisory board
Adi Zamir, Advisory board

ADI ZAMIR

A serial entrepreneur with vast management experience in corporates & startups Adi is currently CEO and Founder of “Pink Of View”, a digital health solution in the breast cancer risk assessment field. She is co-founder of WMN, a female-lead entrepreneurship community, as well as a mentor and advisory board member of several startups and accelerators Adi is a lecturer at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo in the Management and Economy School, specializing in Crowd Sourcing and Knowledge Management. Volunteer activity in Wikimedia Israel Non-Profit Organization as member of the Audit Committee.

MAYA KATZ

Maya served for four years as a senior advisor for the Minister of Education. She is currently the deputy and acting mayor of Herzliya. Maya was chosen to serve in the Herzliya City Council as the Chairman of the “Tzeirim Neto” party, the Young Party of Herzliya. Among her activities in the city, she established the HAC facility, used to promote and encourage entrepreneurship and start-ups in a wide range of interests.

Among her duties is the responsibility for the areas of urban renewal, transportation, young population, women etc.

Deputy Mayor Maya Katz

EREZ LAZOVER

Erez has 30 years of command and management experience and 16 years of managerial experience in senior positions in large and complex organizations. He has served as the Head of Control Department in the IDF of General Staff. Additionally, he held the position as Head of Operations in the Jerusalem Municipality, a member of the board of directors and finance committees and is currently the CEO of the Herzliya Development Company. He has extensive experience in a range of management positions such as multidisciplinary units and organizations, the integration of advanced technologies, projects with high resources, and large-scale resource management and budgeting for Economic ventures. Erez has formulated and lead budget-related work plans of 900m NIS, currently running an annual budget of 400m NIS.

IRIS ARBEL-GANZ

HEAD, HAC

Iris has over twenty years of experience in forming cross –sector strategic partnerships. Her specialty is instigating and executing business cooperation between governments, the private sector and non-profit organizations.

As the manager of HAC, Iris is responsible for recruiting startups, creating the eco-system to support their growth and facilitating business development opportunities in the local and international arena. Under her leadership the number of active pilots increased and the total funding resources grew substantially. She recently formed a unique addition to the program – CEO.il – a platform that enables high tech CEOS to benefit from the HAC infrastructure and connecting them to the HAC alumni and mentors.

Iris Arbel-Ganz, Director of the HAC

MENTORS OF THE PROGRAM

David Habusha-דוד חבושה
Noga Kap-נוגה קאפ
Yossi Konijn-יוסי קונין
Moshik Chen-מושיק חן
Rami Inbar-רמי ענבר
Etti Berger-אתי ברגר
Yoav Amit-יואב אמית
Natalie Refuah-נטהלי רפואה
Adar Shomron-אדר שומרון
Ilan Carmeli-אילן כרמלי
Ori Wainshtein-אורי ויינשטין
Youval Vaknin-יובל וקנין
Ron Gura-רון גורה
Gil Ben-Artzy-גיל בן-ארצי
Mila Finkelshtein-מילה פינקלשטיין
Donna Griffit-דונה גריפית
Oona Rokyta-אונה רוקיטה
Maya Miller-מיה מילר