Despite a population of just over 8 million people, the Startup Nation continues to serve as a global hub for innovation in the Hi-tech sector, specifically the FinTech vertical. In the past year alone, Israeli Startups generated over $4.5 Billion in funding, and over 10% went to the growing FinTech industry.
There are currently over 500 FinTech startups that reside in the country, both disrupting and supporting the future of banking and the financial services industry, with this number growing on an annual basis.
The well-known GO Digital series by Meda Conferences is proud to introduce GO FinTech, in collaboration with FinTech-Aviv, one of the largest FinTech communities in the world, and based in Barclays FinTech Center, Rise Tel Aviv.
The summit focuses on financial technologies and presents new solutions in the field, including discussions on the revolution being experienced in the industry these recent years and new technological developments. Also, we will review various issues, such as whether the solutions offered today by financial initiatives manage to replace those offered by banks and financial institutions? Is this the end of the banking era, or will this third wave of FinTech successfully integrate different players in the long-term?
GO FinTech provides a rich professional agenda, comprised of panel sessions with experts from the FinTech industry, as well as fascinating keynotes. It also includes an exhibition hall to introduce you to the start-ups and leading companies in the field, while the networking area provides a meeting place for investors and entrepreneurs, banks and start-ups, and service providers with potential clients, aiding in the establishment of new business opportunities.
Yuval Tal is the founder, President and a board member of Payoneer.
Before founding Payoneer in 2005, Tal co-founded Borderfree (NASDAQ: BRDR), and was its CEO from 1999-2005. Borderfree is a provider of services that expedite cross-border ecommerce and payments for many large online and offline retailers. Tal previously served as vice president of business development for RADWARE (NASDAQ: RDWR). He is a member of YPO and an angel investor in a number of start-ups in the payment space, including ZooZ and TravelersBox.
Tal is a member of Harvard Business School plan for managers,
Tal holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, with minor in business administration, from Tel Aviv University
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Tal Sharon Adv. C.P.A., Managing Director at Equitech Financial Consulting and a FinTech Enabler. Tal is a consultant specializing in analyzing corporates and financial institutes requirements, and bridging the gap between them and innovative FinTech solutions.
Tal has extensive accumulated knowledge in the FinTech industry and has been providing advisory services to FinTech ventures in various stages.
Nir Netzer is a Founding Partner at Equitech Financial Consulting
Nir holds an extensive experience in financial consulting, international business development and entrepreneurship and is a keen leader of the Israeli FinTech ecosystem, driving its growth by hosting and lecturing in professional conferences.
Nir is a CPA, holds an LLB, a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the College of Management.
Meirav is a Partner at Deloitte Israel Technology practice, where she is leading the FSI solution services. Meirav is leading consulting projects around core banking transformation initiative and recently established an Global Fintech solution center focusing in implementing innovative Israeli technology to leading global financial services providers
Mark is the VP Blockchain and co founder of Colu, a venture capital funded start-up that uses blockchain technology to help people by creating local currencies and building local economies. Mark has over 15 years of experience with web technologies and understanding how to leverage them to meet market needs. An expert in bitcoin and blockchain technology, Mark previously founded Bitgo.co.il, a Bitcoin payment provider in Israel as well as Creatix, a leading E-commerce provider.
Meni Rosenfeld is a mathematics M.Sc. graduate of the Weizmann Institute of Science, specializing in machine learning. He has worked as the head of research of the internet startup Similarweb, where he was in charge of developing algorithms for measuring connections between websites and analyzing web traffic.
After being exposed to Bitcoin in March 2011, he has focused exclusively on activity in this field. He has established the Bitcoin community in Israel, founded Bitcoil – Israel's first Bitcoin exchange service, and performed mathematical research on the algorithms that underlie the functioning of the Bitcoin and blockchain system.
He now serves as the chairman of the Israeli Bitcoin Association.
Barak Melnik is responsible for Earnix’s business development and corporate strategy. He joined Earnix from the London office of McKinsey & Co. During his five years at McKinsey, Barak served leading financial institutions in Europe and the United States on a broad array of strategic and operational concerns. He consulted for insurance companies in areas related to pricing and underwriting as well as channel management and marketing. Prior to joining McKinsey, Barak implemented enterprise software at Comverse Technologies Ltd and Elscint Ltd (medical devices). He holds an MBA degree from the Wharton Business School of The University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the Technological Institute of Israel (Technion).
Robby Hilkowitz is an angel investor who specializes in the financial services industry.
He was formerly an Executive Director of the Stonehage Group, a European multi family office business based in London. Robby was Chief Executive Officer of the group’s asset management company, TriAlpha Investment Advisors. In addition to asset management responsibilities, Robby was responsible for conceiving and then managing the Stonehage group’s brand and image management strategy. He joined Stonehage in 1997 after trading forex and derivatives at a private trading house in Tel Aviv.
Since returning to Israel from London in 2009 Robby has built a private portfolio of financial services start up companies. The portfolio incorporates companies in most Fintech verticals including online investment management, banking, payments, card processing and insurance with a specific specialization in online asset management and investment advisory businesses. The portfolio is global with ventures in the USA, UK, Europe, Israel, Australia and South Africa.
Robby is an advisor and mentor to fintech entrepreneurs and his investment approach is intensely “hands on” with favorable consideration given to companies where value can be added by his expertise and experience in financial services.
Robby holds a degree in Finance and Mathematics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Robby is a director of several philanthropic organizations, which deal with aged care, poverty relief and personal debt management and extraction.
He is married and lives in Ra’anana, Israel with his four children. He enjoys photography, Scotch whisky and watching American Football. He supports Chelsea in football, South Africa in rugby and Australia in cricket.
Barak is Managing Partner of F2 Capital. Until 2016, Barak was Venture Partner at Genesis Partners where he focused on early stage investment opportunities and The Junction seed investment program. Previously, Barak led multiple, international startup companies as Founder & CEO, including Win, backed by bwin.party (LSE: BPTY), Mytopia, acquired by 888 Holdings (LSE: 888) and Amuso, acquired by BBC Worldwide. In addition to his operational experience, between 2011-2015, Barak privately backed over 12 companies as an angel investor in frontier technologies. Barak supported many of these companies from inception, providing critical guidance on strategy, business development and HR to support rapid growth. Prior to this, Barak served in the Corporate Development Group at Yahoo! and Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Morgan Stanley, where he supported the launch of of the firm’s investment banking practice in Israel. Barak served in an infantry paratroop brigade of the IDF. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS BA from Georgetown University.
Ran Levitzky is a Principal at Carmel Ventures, investing primarily in early stage startups in the Enterprise, B2B, and Fintech domains. Ran brings over a decade of hands on experience in product, strategy, and R&D gained in corporates (including Microsoft, Verint, and Amdocs) as well as startups across Israel, the UK, and the USA. Ran holds a BA in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from IDC Herzliya and an MBA from London Business School.