Startup Catalyst Participants Blog

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Israel Mission day 5 summary

Day 5 started with the teams getting a chance to pitch to Roee Tamari who is CEO at Greenergy Renewable Energy Ltd, Gideon Zusman who is co-founder & Managing Partner at GreenSoil Investments, Yoav Schwalb from the Agrilever Investment Fund, Dan Krasnostein who is a Partner Square Peg VC, Stephane Itzigsohn who is an analyst at Our Crowd VC, Linoy Katzav from Innovation Tech Terminal at Deloitte, and Ilan Cohen who is a Patent Attorney and Senior Partner at Reinhold Cohn & Partners Patent Attorneys. Patrick Weeden from Scout Aerial giving his pitch   After the pitches, the team at...

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Israel day 4 summary

Day 4 of our Israel mission kicked off with a 2 hour bus ride north to the Galilee region to meet with Sarai Kemp from Trendlines. Trendlines is a “licensed incubator”, meaning it is funded by the Israeli Government. Of the 20 incubators in Israel, Trendlines have two – one for agtech, the other for medical.  They also have an in-house innovation centre (Trendlines Labs), plus a venture fund that only invests in their portfolio companies (and the fund made its first investment a few weeks ago). Of the 250 opportunities they review each year for their incubator, they currently only...

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Israel day 3 reflections

Day 3 kicked off back at SOSA with Michal Levy, Deputy Director General for Agriculture Innovation in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Michal presented on the Israeli startup ecosystem. Our second session was with Amir Peleg, CEO of Takadu. TaKaDu is a leader in Integrated Event Management Solutions for the water industry with 40% of its business in Australia. TaKaDu provides water utilities with an IoT cloud based solution for managing the life-cycle of all network issues, changing the way they work to provide operational benefits and strategic insights. The third session of the day was a round...

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Israel Mission: Day 2 reflections

Day 2 of our Israel Mission kicked off with a short bus transfer to SOSA, home of the Australian Landing Pad in Tel Aviv for a full-day of back-to-back sessions and briefings. Up first, we heard from Uzi Scheffer, CEO of SOSA Global. Founded in 2013 by 25 leading Israeli investors and high-tech entrepreneurs, SOSA (South of Salame) is a global network of tech innovation hubs with a unique, multi-pronged approach to innovation that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors – all under one roof – to facilitate business opportunities for all parties. Then we heard from Nimrod Vromen, a Partner...

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Israel Mission: Day 1 recap

After 3 flights, and 32 hours in transit door to door, I finally arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel early Sunday morning as part of a trade mission in partnership between Startup Catalyst, Austrade, and Advance Queensland. Joining me on the trip are 11 founders of Queensland-based agtech companies, and one representative from the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. On the ground, the mission schedule is being led by Omri Wislizki, the manager of the Australian Landing Pad in Tel Aviv. Why Israel? Israel has a population of 8.5 million and yet has more companies listed on the NASDAQ than...

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We’re heading to Israel with 11 agtech companies

The first Startup Catalyst Mission to Israel is about to take off from Brisbane on 5th August for 7 days on the ground in Tel Aviv. The mission is being funded by Advance Queensland, who have sponsored flights and accommodation for 11 Queensland-based agtech companies, chosen from a competitive online selection process.  The 11 companies spread across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, and Outback Queensland, and cover a broad range of digital, hardware and bio technology products and services. Startup Catalyst is leading the mission, and a representative from the Queensland Government will also be attending. The mission is being designed and...

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European Mission wrap-up

Startup Catalyst just wrapped up it’s second annual 2 week mission to Berlin and London, with 11 days on the ground in 3 cities across 2 countries, hitting 40 group events and 20+ private meetings, generating well over 100 new connections. The 20 participants comprised of a mix of mostly investors, scale-ups and startups, plus accelerator/co-working leaders, corporates, University faculty, and public servants. We were also joined in London by delegations out of Victoria and New South Wales, making it the largest Australian delegation to ever visit the UK. We were also joined and supported by the incredible Warren Bartlett (TIQ...

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Summer in the UK

Having lived in the UK for a few years in the late noughties, I am aware of what summer is like. There was one year, maybe 2008 when summer happened on May 25! This year I’ve started my UK trip in Leeds where I arrived to 14 degrees at the most miserable Leeds-Bradford airport. Today though we’ve hit a high of maybe 23 degrees c. So many people about with so little on, pub gardens doing a roaring trade, and Hyde Park here near the various Leeds unis a paradise for the students with their supermarket bbqs and picnic blankets....