The Judges

Eden Shochat

Eden Shochat is an equal partner at Aleph VC, an early stage venture capital fund with 344 million dollars under management, focused on serving Israeli entrepreneurs who want to build scalable, global businesses. Since its founding in 2013, Aleph has invested in over 20 companies including WeWork, CommonSense Robotics, Lemonade, Windward, Honeybook and Nexar. Previously, Eden co-founded, acquired by Facebook and Aternity, acquired by Riverbed.

Dov is the managing partner of Grove Ventures and one of Israel’s most prominent hi-tech leader, entrepreneur and investor. He is known as a pioneer of several flash memory technologies, most notably as the inventor of the USB flash drive. Dov was a founder and CEO of M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market. Under Dov's leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue, and was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B. This ranks as one of the biggest acquisitions in Israel. Dov has invested in many successful start-ups in the digital health, media, SaaS and IoT sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Glucome, Rapid API, TriEye and Neuroblade, and was previously the Chairman of Tower Semiconductors (NASDAQ:TSEM). Dov is one of the most famous and highly appreciated hi-tech leaders in the world with many prestigious awards, such as IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award and Edward Rheine Award (Nobel Prize for technology) and is the inventor of over 40 patents. Dov holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

Dov Moran

Dr. Irit Idan

Senior Deputy CEO of research and development in Rafael Advanced Military systems. Idan holds a Doctorate in Astrophysics from the Faculty of Physics in Technion, and today serves as a member of the Managing Committee of Technion and on the board of governors.

Professor Adam Shwartz is the Senior Executive Vice President of the Technion. Professor Shwartz earned two undergraduate degrees at Ben Gurion University and his master’s and doctorate from Brown University in the US. His research focuses on stochastic processes and their applications to the optimization of computer networks. He is a member of the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion since 1984, and holds the The Julius M. and Bernice Naiman Chair in Engineering. In 2010-2013, Professor Shwartz was Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion.

During his act as the Dean of the Electrical Engineering Faculty , Professor Shwartz founded the Technion Computer Engineering Center (TCE), together with Professor Eli Biham, then Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science.

Professor Shwartz was a member of several editorial boards of scientific journals and participated in the Technion committee of the project with Cornell University in New York City. In 2012-2013, he served on the board of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York, and recently completed a three-year term as Director of the Institute. In his capacity as Senior Executive Vice President, Professor Shwartz serves as Chairman of the Board of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

Prof. Adam Shwartz

Hadar Goldman

Hadar Goldman, entrepreneur and former founder & CEO of Zarmon Goldman DDB, has been a real estate investor in both the U.S. and internationally for more than 10 years. Goldman owns the Federal Bank Building in Texas, and has also acquired and developed properties in the U.S., Tel Aviv, and London. Hadar is also a pioneer in the digital and social media spaces. Goldman has over 30 years of international business development and management experience. Working with top brands such as Pfizer, Sony Ericsson, and Citroën, he has won numerous prizes and received industry recognition for outstanding business creativity. Zarmon Goldman DDB was founded in 1999 and four years later was one of the top 10 agencies in Israel, achieving double-digit growth each year. Goldman’s current focus is on working with residential communities to build an innovative real estate management enterprise. Hadar Goldman is a classically trained violinist , known globally for his professional music experience and electric violin playing.