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Univenture2015 16-Dec-2015 | Tel Aviv, Israel



Univenture2015: Risks and Opportunities of University Venture

The Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University is proud to host Univenture2105, a workshop where academics and practitioners reflect and discuss the future of universities’ roles in a rapidly evolving world. The workshop will aim to create an initial understanding of the changing traditional roles of universities in view of the changes in the world of venture, and to trigger the thinking and discussion needed to further evolve this understanding after the workshop.

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Key Topics:

The workshop will examine the impact of the changes in the world of Venture on:

  • The future of academia’s role in knowledge creation – i.e. research.
  • The future of academia’s role in knowledge transfer – i.e. teaching.
  • The future of academia’s role in effecting impact on society and business.

Univenture2015 Workshop will take place on December 16, 2015, 9:00-18:00 at Beit Hatfotsot. The Workshop will be followed by the Insight Sharing Symposium, 18:00-21:30, which is opened to the public with tickets available on our registration page.



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 09:00 – 10:00Registration and coffee
10:00 – 12:00Opening session: The Challenge: 21st Century University Venture
 10:00 – 10:15Prof. Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University
 10:15 – 10:45Prof. Yaron Oz, Rector, Tel Aviv University
 10:45 – 11:15Nava Swersky-Sofer, President, International Commercialization Alliance
Top Challenges facing 21st Century University Venture
 11:15 – 11:45Prof. Yesha Sivan, Tel Aviv University
 11:45 – 12:00Break
 12:00 – 16:00Stories: Unique Univenture Experiences
 12:00 – 12:30Prof. Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University
About Butterflies and Geckos: how to translate innovation into products
 12:30 – 13:00Prof. Neta Ziv, Tel Aviv University
Clinical legal Education @ TAU: the Crossroads of Teaching, Social entrepreneurship and Research
 13:00 – 13:30Prof. Aharon Agranat, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Crossing the Chasm: From inventions conceived the in academia to venture funded development of technological innovations
 13:30 – 14:30Lunch
 14:30 – 15:00Prof. Chaim Hames, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
The Hare and the Tortoise: What happens when Venture meets the Humanities
 15:30 – 16:00Benjamin Soffer, Technion Technology Transfer
University Inc. – The Evolving Role of Research Institutions
16:00 – 18:00Teamwork: Thinking up Solutions Together
Discussion in groups, to generalize what we heard and define solution directions and next steps.
Team lead: Jacob Mendel, Broadcom
Team lead: Prof. Illana Gozes, Tel Aviv University
Team lead: Dr. Shmuel Ur, Shmuel Ur Innovation
Team lead: Yaacov Michlin, Yissum
Team lead: Dr. Yuval Ebenstein, Tel Aviv University
18:00 – 20:00Reflection: Discussion and Summary
 18:00 – 19:00Report in of the teams’ conclusions
 19:00 – 19:50Panel discussion.
: Prof. Eli Talmor, London Business school
Prof. Moshe Zviran, Tel Aviv University
Nava Swersky-Sofer, International Commercialization Alliance
Yigal Erlich, Yozma Group
 19:50 – 20:00Summary and Discussion. Prof. Yesha Sivan, Tel Aviv University
 20:00 – 21:30Reception: Let’s Get Together
Refreshments and Cocktails

* Program is subject to change


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Yesha Sivan
Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture.

Prof. Yesha Sivan is the Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Management (http://www.collerinstitueofventure.org). He is professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at the School of Management and Economy at the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College (http://is.mta.ac.il). He is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) – a leading think tank focusing on connecting virtual and real worlds. Sivan’s professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments (see for example: the Harvard 9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure). He published numerous papers in the areas of Strategy and IT, innovation, knowledge, 3D3C virtual worlds, and standards. Sivan received his doctorate from Harvard University. His avatar is Dera Kit, and his blog is http://www.dryesha.com. He has taught EMBA, MBA, engineering and design in the areas of strategic value of IT, the emergence of virtual worlds, and software development in virtual worlds. Yesha is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic development at the Institute together with its platform infrastructure.

Prof. Eli Talmor, Professor, London Business School.

Eli Talmor is Professor at London Business School and founder of its Coller Institute of Private Equity as well as the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University. He was previously a professor of finance at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and B.Sc. (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Talmor is the co-author of International Private Equity, broadly considered as the reference book of the private equity industry. He served on the board of Governors of London Business School and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. In recent years he has been asked by the UK Parliament to provide a leading testimony at its high-profile hearings on private equity and to advise the UK Prime Ministerial office.

Prof. Joseph Klafter
Prof. Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Joseph Klafter has served as President of Tel Aviv University since 2009. Prior to that, he chaired the Israel Science Foundation from 2002 to 2009, and twice chaired the Department of Physical Chemistry at TAU. The incumbent of the Heineman Chair of Physical Chemistry, and currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of many prestigious prizes and honors, and has published nearly 400 scientific articles and edited 18 books.

Prof. Yaron Oz
Prof. Yaron Oz, Rector, Tel Aviv University.

  • Rector, Tel Aviv University (Since 2015)
  • Dean 2011-2015
  • Dean, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University (since 2011)
  • Head, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv university (2006-2011)
  • Professor of Physics, Tel-Aviv university, (since 2001)
  • Staff member at TH-Division CERN, Switzerland (1998-2002)
Nava Swersky Sofer

Nava Swersky-Sofer, President, International Commercialization Alliance.


Prof. Yael Hanein
Prof. Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University.

Yael Hanein is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University.  In the past she conducted research at the Weizmann Institute (MSc and PhD in Physics), Princeton University (visiting student at the lab of Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dan Tsui), and at the University of Washington (Postdoc in Electrical Engineering and Physics).  Her research field is neuro-engineering and her main passions are developing wearable electronic technology and bionic vision. In 2009 she joined an international group of young researchers who founded the Global Young Academy and served on its first executive committee.  In 2012 she was appointed to the Israel Young Academy by the Israel Academy and served for two years as the first head of its executive committee.
She is the co-founder of Tel Aviv University Micro and Nano Central Facilities (MNCF).  In this capacity she led a ten-year effort, transforming MNCF into an industry-compatible prototyping fab with eight full-time highly trained employees, over 40 industrial users, and over 2.5 million NIS in annual revenue from academic and industrial users.  Since 2012 she has been the head of Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, steering Tel Aviv University activities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnlogy.

Prof. Neta Ziv
Prof. Neta Ziv, Tel Aviv University

Professor Neta Ziv is the academic director of The Israel Affordable Housing Center and the Housing, Community and Law Clinic at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Until 2014 she directed the Clinical Programs at the law school. Prof. Ziv teaches courses on “Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession”, “Law and Social Change”, Social Rights”, “Housing Law” and “Human Rights of People with Disabilities.” Prof. Ziv received an LL.B. from the Hebrew University Law Faculty, an LL.M. from The American University in Washington, D.C., and her J.S.D. from Stanford Law School. Prof. Ziv practiced as a public interest lawyer for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and served as a leading attorney in some of Israel’s major human rights cases litigated before the Israeli Supreme Court. She was among the founding members of the Israel Women’s Network Legal Center, the chair of Bizchut – the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities”, and currently serves as a board member of “Itach – Women Lawyers for Social Justice”.

Prof. Aharon Agranat
Prof. Aharon Agranat, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Aharon J. Agranat is the director of the Brojde center for innovative Engineering and Computer Science, and the incumbent of the N. Jaller chair of Applied Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1986 to 1997 he was a senior research fellow and a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he worked on the development of microelectronic artificial neural networks based on charge transfer devices which he invented, and the growth and investigation of paraelectric electrooptic crystals. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and founded the optoelectronic computing laboratory and  the B.Sc program in Electrical and computer engineering with specialization in microelectronics and optoelectronics.
Agranat is the inventor of Electroholography and the KLTN crystal for which he was awarded the Discover Innovation Award, and the R&D 100 Award for the leading invention in the area of communication for the year 2001. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a member of the Hebrew University Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the chairman of the Hebrew University center of biomedical engineering.  He was a cofounder and director of Trellis–Photonics that was founded for exploiting Electroholography in telecommunication applications. He  is the author of over 150 scientific papers, and holds 24 patents in the areas of microelectronics, optoelectronics and materials science.

Prof. Chaim Hames
Prof. Chaim Hames, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Chaim (Harvey) J. Hames received his PhD in Medieval History from Cambridge University in 1996. He is currently the Director of the Center (I-CORE) for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters (CSOC) and is the David Berg and Family Professor in European History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish and Christian mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics, Judaism and Israel today and issues dealing with conversion and identity.

Benjamin Soffer
Benjamin Soffer, CEO, Technion Technology Transfer.

Benjamin Soffer joined the Technion as CEO of T3 – Technion Technology Transfer office in 2005. As part of his duties at T3, Mr. Soffer is responsible for the establishment of startup companies and the commercialization of technologies arising from the Technion research.  His Experience spans over 20 years in the areas of investment, industry and government in Israel, Europe, and the United States. In addition, Mr. Soffer serves as CEO of AMIT, a Technion hub for biomedical innovation; Chairman of T-Factor, the Technion engineering accelerator and , and Chairman of the ITTN – The Israeli Technology Transfer Organization. In addition Mr. Soffer serves on the boards of directors of numerous high growth companies.  Prior to his position at the Technion, Mr. Soffer served as managing director of TopNotch Capital – and was as an investment advisor at Highbridge Capital. Between 1999 and 2003 he served as Israel’s Economic attaché in Boston. There, Mr. Soffer was responsible for enhancing economic and business relations between Israel and the US Northeast region through private equity investments, joint ventures and trade. Prior to his tenure in Boston, Mr. Soffer served as special advisor to Dr. Orna Berry, Israel’s chief scientist at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, where played a pivotal role in the initiation and implementation of innovative R&D programs. A certified lawyer in Israel and in the state of New York, Mr. Soffer has interned at Israel’s Supreme Court and studied law at Tel Aviv University and at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Additionally, he studied economics and business administration at Bar – Ilan University..

Jacob Mendel
Jacob Mendel, Broadcom.

Jacob Mendel, MBA, is Senior Director, Cyber Security, CTO Office at Broadcom Corporation. Jacob leads the Cyber Security activities with vast global recognition in security (Cloud, DRM, PKI, Finance and Cryptographic application). An accomplished executive with over two decades of experience in Emerging Businesses, specializing in the fields of Cyber Security (Software & Hardware). History of leading innovative products into mass market. Known for creative approaches to problem solving, exceptional leadership. Proven track records in software security, hardware security, secure operating systems, digital rights management, security certification, secure identity management, Reverse Engineering, IoT security, Cloud security, NFC (RF) security, PSIRT, Red-Team, secure financial solutions. CEO/Co-Founder of a security software company, which has been acquired by Broadcom.

Prof. Illana Gozes, Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Illana Gozes – Ph.D, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry the Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair for the Investigation of Growth Factors. Former Director, the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies. Director the Edersheim Levie-Gitter Institute for Functional Brain Imaging,  Head of the Elton Laboratory for Molecular Neuroendocrinology. Serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience and Chief Scientific Officer of Coronis Partners. Former President, Israel Society for Neuroscience and Founder, Former Chief Scientific Officer and Director, Allon Therapeutics Inc. B.Sc., Tel Aviv University, Ph.D. Weizmann Institute of Science, Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT, visiting scientist, Salk Institute and Scripps Clinic, NIH and the University of Oldenburg.

Author of ~300 publications and inventors of >15 families of patents. Awarded any prizes, including the Humboldt Award; Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Fellowship; Landau Prize/Life Science; Olson Prize/ most meritorious original research; Tel Aviv University President Award for Innovation; Fleur Strand Award; Best Scientist Award-Israeli Society for Laboratory Studies; Neufeld Research Award; Fogarty-Scholar-in-Residence-NIH; Teva Founders Prize; Juludan Prize/outstanding research achievements; Bergmann Memorial Fund Research Prize; Landau Prize for Excellent PhD Studies.

Dr. Shmuel Ur
Dr. Shmuel Ur, Shmuel Ur Innovation.

Dr. Shmuel Ur (ur-innovation.com) was a research scientist in the IBM research lab in Haifa, Israel for 16 years, where he held the title of IBM Master Inventor. Later, he became an independent inventor (working with Intellectual Ventures and start-ups). Shmuel sold more then 45 ideas to IV, and filed many on his own. Shmuel taught software testing in the Technion and Haifa University. Shmuel taught, both inside and outside IBM, various software engineering disciplines giving One-day to week long courses on the topics of coverage, code review, and testing and developing concurrent software. Shmuel has also consulted with banks and companies as to how to improve their software development process.

Shmuel received his Ph.D. in Algorithms Optimization and Combinatorics in 1994 in Carnegie Mellon University under Michael Trick and Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon. Shmuel received his Bs.C. and Ms.C. from the Technion in Israel. Shmuel has published in the fields of hardware testing, artificial intelligence, algorithms, software testing and testing of multi-threaded programs. Shmuel has started and chaired PADTAD, a workshop on testing multi-threaded applications and the Haifa Verification conference and is on program committee of many conferences. Shmuel has more then 60 professional publications, more then 50 granted patents, more than 120 patent applications, sold more then 45 ideas, and has given numerous talks and tutorials.

Rafi Nave
Rafi Nave, Bronica Entrepreneurship Center at the Technion.

Rafi Nave graduated from the Electrical Engineering faculty at the Technion as BSc ( 1974 ) and MSc ( 1979 ) both with honors. He was one of the first 4 Intel Israel  employees and over his 21 years at Intel he served 5 years as the General Manager of Intel Israel. His claim to fame is the development of the 8087 Math Processor of the first IBM PC.

Rafi was VP R&D of NDS [ now Cisco Israel ] for 7 years and of Given Imaging [ now Medtronic Israel ] for 6 years. He was CTO and VP Customer Services of Tower Semiconductor for 5 years. Currently, Rafi is the manager of the Bronica Entrepreneurship Center at the Technion.

Dr. Yuval Ebenstein, Tel Aviv University.

Yuval Ebenstein studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also completed his Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Prof. Uri Banin, studying the photophysical properties of individual semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots (QDs). He then moved to work as a postdoc with Prof. Shimon Weiss at UCLA where he used QDs to light-up individual DNA binding proteins and map them along bacteriophage genomes.

In the summer of 2011 he set-up the NanoBioPhotonix Lab in the department of chemical physics, school of chemistry at Tel Aviv University.  The main focus of the Ebenstein group is Single-molecule genomics but the team has activity also in development of new optical detection schemes and novel imaging techniques. The lab explores genomes utilizing tools and reagents from the realm of nano-technology, trying to learn new things about these systems by zooming in on individuals – single cells, single chromosomes and single molecules.

Moshe Zviran
Prof. Moshe Zviran, Tel Aviv University.

Moshe Zviran is a Professor of Information Systems at the Faculty of Management and serves as the Dean. He is the incumbent of the Isaac Gilinsky Chair of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation and Management and also serves as the academic director of the Eli Hurvitz Institute for Strategic Management and the Coller Institute of Venture. He received his B.Sc. degree in mathematics and computer science and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in information systems, all from Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 1979, 1982 and 1988, respectively. He held academic positions at the Naval Postgraduate School, California, the Claremont Graduate University, California, and Ben-Gurion University, Israel. His research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation, information and cyber security and information systems planning and policy. Prof. Zviran has published numerous articles in leading academic journals and authored two books in information systems. He is also a consultant for leading organizations in Israel and serves as a board member in several companies and organizations.

Yigal Erlich
Yigal Erlich, Yozma Group.

Yigal Erlich is the founder and managing partner of the Yozma Group, a venture capital company in Israel. Mr. Erlich is considered as the founding father of the Israeli venture capital industry and one of the most prominent figures in the Israel high-tech arena. At the beginning of the 1990s, Mr. Erlich established Yozma, which was the first VC fund, sponsored by the government of Israel.

Between 1984 and 1992, Mr. Erlich served as the Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 1991 Mr. Erlich started the Technology Incubator Program that led to the creation of 24 Incubation Centers throughout Israel, as well as international R&D agreements and other programs. Mr. Erlich was the deputy chairman of the National R&D Council of Israel and former Chairman of Matimop, Israeli Industry Center for R&D, and the former Chairman of the Israel Venture Association. Mr. Erlich serves as a board member in several high tech companies as well as on Hadasit – the TTC of Hadasa hospital in Jerusalem. He was also a board member of the Russian Venture Company (RVC), which is a $1bil government Fund of Funds and the chairman of the Canadian international Private-Public-Forum.


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Insight Sharing Symposium

The final part of Univenture2015 is designed to stand on its own and will be open to a wider audience. This part will present the outcomes of the Teamwork session and thus share the generated learning of the working part of Univenture2015 that took place earlier in the day.

Tickets are available on our registration page.

Here is the program of this symposium:

17:30 – 18:00Registration
18:00 – 20:00Reflection: Discussion and Summary
 18:00 – 19:00Report in of the teams’ conclusions
 19:00 – 19:50Panel discussion
: Prof. Eli Talmor, London Business school
Prof. Moshe Zviran, Tel Aviv University
Nava Swersky-Sofer, International Commercialization Alliance
Yigal Erlich, Yozma
 19:50 – 20:00Summary and Discussion. Prof. Yesha Sivan, Tel Aviv University
20:00 – 21:30Reception: Let’s Get Together
Refreshments and Cocktails

* Program is subject to change



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Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv University campus,  15 Klausner st., Tel Aviv.

Beit Hatfutzot


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Univenture2015 consists of two events taking place on December 16, 2015 at Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv University.

  1. The full day workshop (9:00-18:00), where participants will reflect and discuss the future of universities’ roles in a rapidly evolving world of venture. In this event experience will be shared among participants and new insights will be created during intensive teamwork.This event is by invitation only. If you see value in your participation in it, please write to Nathan Zeldes at nathan.zeldes@collerinstituteofventure.org .
  2. The insight sharing symposium and reception (18:00-21:30), during the final part of the day, which is designed to stand on its own and will be open to a wider audience. This part will present the outcomes of the Teamwork session and thus share the generated learning of the workshop that took place earlier in the day.

To register for this event, purchase your ticket here. Early registration through Dec. 7, 2015, is NIS 180; later registrants pay NIS 360.


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