What makes Jerusalem such a unique conference destination? What allows this city to see such impressive growth as a potential host city?
In our interview series, the goal is to hear from the conference industry in Jerusalem, allowing them to tell their story and their vision for the city as a conference destination.
Following the positive response from our first interview with Raed Leil, today, we have the honor of hosting Jon Medved.
Jon Medved, CEO OurCrowd, OurCrowd Global Summit 2016
Jon is the CEO and Founder of OurCrowd, where he runs and represents the globally-recognized leading startup investing platform based in Jerusalem, with offices around the world. As CEO, Jon sets long-term strategic goals for the firm as well as managing key relationships with industry players he has met and worked with over many years as a high-tech entrepreneur. Jon is often found speaking at conferences and events around the world, sharing the latest tech investing trends and startup news from Israel. Aside from events, Jon is often interviewed by the global press and spends much of his time developing strategic partnerships with institutions and multinational corporations from North America, East Asia, India, Europe and Australia.
What makes Jerusalem such a unique conference destination?
OurCrowd sees Jerusalem as an ideal location for its events, both because it is the location of our headquarters, and because it offers a strong academic community, a steady flow of international business people and tourists, a visionary municipal leadership, and a full complement of services. My vision was to establish Jerusalem as a key player in the global tech startup world, and over an astonishingly short period of time, this is becoming realized. The most recent of many contributions to achieving this vision is OurCrowd’s establishment last month of an innovative technology incubator to support the growth of early stage startups in Jerusalem, In partnership with Motorola Solutions, Reliance Industries, and Yissum, Hebrew University’s research development company.
Access to the academic community and its growing talent pool has proven invaluable. MobileEye, the most successful Israeli tech company, was based in Jerusalem. The municipality actively supports the high-tech ecosystem in Jerusalem. Groundwork is being laid for a high-tech hub at the entrance to the city, and the government provides tax incentives to tech firms. There is a close-knit network of professionals working in the capital, buttressed by a strong talent pool of university graduates. Growth projections indicate Jerusalem is poised to be one of the world’s top 25 tech ecosystems over the next 10 years. As a result of this, Jerusalem is becoming an important location for tech and investing related conferences. According to the Jerusalem Post, there were only 30 tech events in the capital in 2012, but over 350 in 2016 alone.
Which conferences have been hosted, or are planned to be, in your venue highlight its success? In other words, which conference came to Jerusalem because of your unique venue.
The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, held annually in Jerusalem, is the most important event of the year on OurCrowd’s calendar. It is the biggest equity crowdfunding event in the world and the largest investor event of any kind in Israel. The Summit provides an unparalleled forum for members of the tech startup ecosystem to meet, interact, learn, and grow. It helps establish and reinforce OurCrowd’s position at the nexus of the global tech startup ecosystem, making valuable connections for investors, portfolio companies, venture partners, multinational corporations, and governmental entities.
What international awards has OurCrowd received?
While the company is relatively young, I'm very proud that OurCrowd and our portfolio companies have been awarded and mentioned by leading business platforms and media outlets, including:
- KPMG Fintech 100 list - OurCrwod ranked top in crowd funding and Israeli tech in 2014, 2015, 2017.
- Forbes - 24 Israeli companies you should watch for - OurCrowd, plus portfolio companies BillGuard, Webydo, Cimagine, Consumer Physics
- Geektime - 100 Most Influential People in Israeli Hi-Tech in 2015 OurCrowd Founder & CEO Jon Medved
- Fast Company - Most Innovative Companies of 2015 OurCrowd portfolio companies ElMindA, MedAware, ReWalk, Freightos, BillGuard, Zula
- CES - Innovation Award 2016 Honoree OurCrowd portfolio company Consumer Physics
- Business Insider - The 27 Hottest Israeli Startups of 2015 OurCrowd named along with portfolio company Webydo
- RedHerring - 2016 Red Herring Europe Top 100 WinnersOurCrowd named along with portfolio companies CropX & Zebra
What upcoming conferences, events, or incentive meetings are taking place in Jerusalem, over the next 5 years, because of your involvement?
In addition to The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, OurCrowd holds other significant events throughout the year in Jerusalem. Holding these events in the capital is very important to the firm, as this is its headquarters. In addition, Jerusalem offers a strong academic community, a steady flow of international business people and tourists, a visionary municipal leadership, and a full complement of services. OurCrowd is committed to continuing to hold the Summit and other events in Jerusalem.