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Nazareth, Israel

Welcome to StartupWeekend Nazareth! Mark your calendar, details will follow,

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.



Nov 8
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 9
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 10
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Guest lecture
  • Time to work!
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Guest lecture
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup & Go home!

Eyal Miller

Principal, New Business Development - Google Israel   |   LinkedIn

Eyal leads the new business development efforts in Google Israel. Eyal Joined Google on Feb 2006 and was one of the first employees to establish Google Israel’s business operations as a Technology Industry Leader.

Prior to Google, Eyal worked at Amdocs Consulting Division as a Senior Consultant, providing services to clients such as Verizon, Rogers Communications, and Vodafone Group.

Eyal holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University (Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration) and a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tel Aviv University

Irit Israeli Kahana

Managing partner @ AfterDox   |   LinkedIn

For over 3 decades Irit Israeli-Kahana held a variety of executive positions in the high tech industry both in Israel and the United States.
Among her roles, Irit held executive positions in Amdocs, in which she was in charge of developments of hundreds person years projects and revenue of tens of millions dollars. Irit also served as a development and customer relations VP at FTS.
In the last years, Irit is a managing partner at AfterDox, angels' investment group. Irit and her partners are meeting with hundreds of Entrepreneurs and startups each year. Irit is on the board of few startups and mentor some of AfterDox portfolio groups. Irit expertise is early stage startups. Irit is on the advisory board of StartHub at Tel-Aviv Yaffo college.
Irit holds BA & MA in psychology from Bar-ilan and MA in computer science from Boston University.

Gai Hetzroni

Gai is leading Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility and Networking Academy in Israel Greece and Cyprus.
In his role Gai is involved and leads Cisco Social investments programs for economic development through the ICT sector in the Palestinian Territories,
and inclusion of Israeli minorities in the High-Tech industry.
Previously Gai was a Software Engineering Manager.
Gai is also a web specialist and an enthusiastic photographer.

Nitzan Paldi


Nitzan has over 16 years of experience in the biotech industry both in R&D, management and entrepreneurship.

Nitzan is also a professional bee-keeper, olive grower and a teacher.

Einat Metzer

Principal at Gemini Israel Funds   |   LinkedIn

Einat Metzer joined Gemini in 2008 and focuses on the software and Internet sectors. She plays an instrumental role as principal at the fund, identifying investment opportunities and supporting entrepreneurs through the due-diligence process. The combination of her entrepreneurial background and technology industry experience has equipped her with the skills and insight that are necessary to guide Gemini's portfolio companies.
Prior to Gemini, Einat launched a software venture in the area of online education where she was involved in the business development and product management efforts of the company, and gained key operational experience along the way. Before that, Einat worked as a senior product specialist at Shunra Software across a wide array of customers and engagements on the west coast of the United States.
Einat graduated with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BSc in Computer Science and Economics. In the Israel Defense Force, Einat served as an operations officer where she was involved in the strategic coordination of real-time events, and reached the rank of lieutenant.
Einat is a founder of Yazamiyot, a grassroots organization that supports and encourages women entrepreneurs.


Erel Margalit

Founder and Chairman of JVP

Dr. Erel Margalit is the Founder and Chairman of JVP, the leading venture capital firm in Israel, with over $900m under management. The fund is internationally acclaimed for its visionary investments. Under Erel’s leadership, JVP helped build numerous technology companies into global enterprises with traction in the U.S., Europe, Israel and Asia.

Roey Tzezana

Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Technology Analysis & Forecasting at Tel-Aviv University   |   LinkedIn

He has a PhD in Nano-technology and a BSc in Biology from the Technion. Roey has worked closely with civil service bodies such as Ben-Gurion National Airport Security Division, the Israeli Police and Ministrial departments. He has a column in three magazines (Scientific American-Israel, Technion Magazine and Blazer), owns the blog and company מדע אחר and is the host of the radio show "דוקטור למה".

Prof. Hossam Haick

Hossam Haick is a Professor in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis. Prof. Haick is the recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie Excellence Award, ERC Award, and the FP-7 Health Award. He is also the recipient of more than 42 international honors and prizes for his achievements, including a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (conferred by the French Government) and the “List of the World’s Top 35 Young Scientists”, and the Discovery Award of the Bill & Melinda Gates. Prof. Haick is the founder and the leader of a European consortium of eight universities and companies for the development of advanced generation of nanosensors for disease diagnosis. He also serves as an associate editor of the two journals and serves as an advisory consultant to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) – the world's authority for chemical information - a senior scientific advisory member of several national and international companies and institutes, and as a scientific evaluator in the European Commission.


Ayelet Ben Arav

CEO at NESTech   |   LinkedIn

Ayelet has substantial experience in R&D in a variety of technological fields. Prior to her work at NESTech, she was senior researcher in a startup Pharma company, developing anti cancer antibodies. Ayelet was also part of the R&D team at another startup company, developing wireless technologies.
Ayelet holds a B.Sc in Biophysics and a M.Sc in Bio-Medicine.

Imad Younis

President at Alpha Omega   |   LinkedIn

Established Alpha Omega, in 1993, and turned it into a global company offering advanced solutions for the functional neurosurgery and neuroscience markets.
Mr. Younis serves today as the President of Alpha Omega Group. Before, Mr. Younis had several positions at Fidelity Medical Ltd. and the Technion Medical School at Haifa.
Working closely with scientists, physicians and partners, Mr. Younis strives to be a significant player in the field of neurology and Neurosurgery by offering new solutions and therapies for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Ron Petreano

Founder & CEO at Tok Media International   |   LinkedIn

Ron Petreanu has over 20 years of experience in marketing, media and advertising, and has founded and managed companies in the sector (BBDO, Bates) in Europe and Israel. Ron studied computer science and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the Kellogg Recanati eMBA program. Ron has extensive international and management experience and is an entrepreneur at heart.

Omri Cherni

Analyst at JVP   |   LinkedIn

Omri joined JVP in 2012, with prior experience in M&A and business development. Most recently he was the head of BD in “Poalim Asia direct” Beijing, where he promoted several Chinese- Israeli M&A deals, and was involved in raising a PE fund in Suzhou which focuses on Israeli technological companies entering the Chinese market. Omri started his investment career in “Adkit”, where he worked on pre M&A valuations for private companies. Omri holds a LLB in Law and an MBA in finance, both from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem.

Navot Volk

CEO at CrossReader   |   LinkedIn

Co-founder and CEO of CrossReader. Over 10 years of experience in the software industry

Jimmy Levy

Managing General Partner & Co-Founder   |   LinkedIn

Jimmy is the co-founder and General Managing Partner of Al Bawader (, the first investment fund focused on the Arab private sector in Israel. Al Bawader has raised ILS 177 M (approximately US$50M) and is investing in a diversified portfolio that will include early and late stage manufacturing, service and technology companies.

Jimmy is also the founder and a Board Member of Galil Software (, the leading software outsourcing provider for the Israeli high tech industry. The company is headquartered in Nazareth and is the largest high tech company operating in the Arab private sector in Israel, employing more than 140 engineers.

Jimmy was formerly an executive at Comverse ( where he led several business divisions, including in his capacity as VP Mobile Data (2000-5), VP Strategic Initiatives (2004-5), and VP Legal (1995-99).

Iyad Suleiman

CEO at aljamiado™ Learning Technologies Ltd.

Eng. Iyad Suleiman was born and raised in Nazareth, in 1986 got his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Technion Israel Institute of Technology - Haifa , in 1993 got his B.Sc. in Information Technology from Technion Israel Institute of Technology - Haifa.
In 2000 he started his aljamiado Learning Technologies as a startup company in the Technological Incubator Ofek LaOleh in Migdal HaEmek, but he succeeded to recruit 20% of the budget of the project with another 2 Arab Angel Investors and this was the first time the Arab businessmen to invest in High-tech.
In the years 2005-2011 he has worked as the Regional Director of Life for Relief and Development, in this period he decided to focus in the Early Childhood Education field, so he founded a Daycare, Kindergarten, Preschool in Rama village, 2 years after he insist to found the first Life School for Creativity and Excellency Primary School in Rama village and now he is intend to found 2 more schools and to open other daycares in the Arab Sector, with these initiatives in the education field he decide to develop new software's in the fields of Management, Billing, Education, Online games, virtual tools for detecting and treating learning difficulties and more.

Nasri Said

Founder & CEO of NGT- New Generation Technology   |   LinkedIn

An NGT founder, with many years of experience in screening and working with early-stage high-tech companies. Expert in working with entrepreneurs from both the Arab and Jewish sectors
New Generation Technology (NGT) is a technology incubator that encourages, supports, and invests in innovation-based businesses and entrepreneurs primarily in the life sciences, medical devices and IT.

George Khader

Founder, SUN BIRD GROUP - Consulting   |   LinkedIn

George is seasoned entrepreneur and executive, strategic big-picture thinker, and results-focused Strategy, Product Management, Marketing & Investment professional with over 15 years experience. He has a proven track record: leading due diligence efforts, developing effective strategy, successfully managing product lines, product positioning, branding, strategic requirements definition, launching new products, and leading cross-functional teams.

His experience covers startups to large multinationals mostly in Silicon Valley and includes Private Equity, e-commerce / web software, enterprise software, EAI, healthcare & clean tech verticals.

Co-founder of Peeks a community-based grassroots organization aimed at the development of a sustainable Palestinian knowledge-based economy and focused on empowering technology entrepreneurship.
George holds a BS & MS in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and course work in Marketing & E-commerce from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Uri Adoni

Partner, JVP

Uri joined JVP with extensive experience in internet and new media, gained from his prior position as the CEO of MSN Israel.
In the past ten years Uri has been one of the new media pioneers who saw the many stages that the internet, mobile and TV went through. Working for Microsoft during these exciting times, Uri was also part of major international marketing and business challenges in fields such as search engines vs. Google, instant messaging vs. AOL and Yahoo and many other challenges.

Bisher Dikeidek

Business Coaching/Mentoring

Bisher possess a 10+ years’ work experience in leadership and engineering roles at international and multinational corporations, in both the semiconductors and software outsourcing fields.
Currently he works as a director at ProGineers Technologies, managing the engineering services department.The strengths he brings to this role include a proven ability to manage, lead, motivate, and coach. He also takes part in required strategic management decisions and plans.
Bisher is the admin and creator of the Palestinian Certified Business mentors group on Facebook, and he is a certified business Mentor.
His core experience lies in management & leadership, marketing, web presence, engineering services, and software outsourcing.
He holds a degree in electronics engineering.

Mohammed Bitar

Arab sector manager at the UK Israel Tech HUB at the British embassy – Tel Aviv

Mohammed holds an MBA (honour) degree from the Technion – Haifa Israel. He brings executive management experience in finance, social networks and digital platforms. Mohammed has a very deep knowledge in the Arab sector and a great network that was established through many years, including many key figures in the Arab sector in Israel and abroad.
Prior to joining the Embassy, Mohammed worked in the private sector as founder, entrepreneur and senior management positions in high-tech firms. Mohammed's experience and great access to the Arab sector in Israel and abroad gave him the ability to expand his activity to the Arab world mainly ME and Gulf countries.
Beside his business orientation Mohammed is a social activist, he acts as a board member of many non-profit organizations, trying to support and move his society to success. Mohammed wrote two books about successful Arab role models from Israel.

Ayman Awartani

Co-Founder & CEO at Idevator Games

Ayman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Idevator, which aims to build and publish engaging and culturally relevant games that fit the unique interests of MENA region.

Ayman grew up in Nablus. After majoring in Computer Science, he worked in software industry for years, and during the last few years he launched and contributed to eight different type of internet startups.

Ali Taha

Ali Taha is the general manager of Art Technologies company, Ramallah, Palestine. Art Technologies is specialized in providing software development and consultation services. Art Technologies has recently released two mobile applications and games (X-Bugs and Azkari).

Prior Art Technologies, Ali filled a software project manager at Hulul Business Solutions, the IT arm of Paltel group, he was responsible for the in house software development process. Before that, he filled a senior software engineer in Arab Technology Systems and SIEMENS ict.

During 12 years of his professional line, Ali gained extensive experience in programming, analysis, management, and the overall software lifecycle methodologies and project management techniques.

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