South African women tech-innovators should take note of an amazing business development opportunity with the chance to win the ultimate start-up prize for their technology driven businesses – Thanks to the ‘Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa’ initiative of the Embassy of Israel.
This year the competition has a particular focus on women tech leaders and aims to reward innovation and entrepreneurship in the hi-tech sector.
The prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Israel for a full week of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities with some of the world’s leading tech and start-up experts. The winner will travel to Israel for and intense, all-expense-paid, five-day startup experience in the heart of Tel Aviv in September 2016, during the exciting and innovative DLD Festival.
‘Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa’ has selected a team of internationally respected judges to select one woman who is actively involved in an innovative company that has developed a unique, sustainable and scalable technology driven business.
Judges on the panel include; Noluthando Gosa, former Investment Analyst and a longstanding member of a number of professional organisations like the Institute of Directors of South Africa; Business Women’s Association of SA (Gauteng) and the Black Business Council, Tanya Kovarsky, the PR and Communications Lead of Core Group and an award-winning parenting blogger with more than 12 years of experience in magazine and newspaper journalism, Hillary Joffe, who is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most talented financial journalists, Toby Shapshack, Described by GQ as “the most high-profile technology journalist in the country” and one of South Africa’s top 30 men in media and editor of Stuff Magazine, and Arthur Goldstuck, award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator and head of the World Wide Worx Organisation.
The judges will be looking for a truly innovative business spearheaded by a woman, as explained further by one of the judges, the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Ambassador Arthur Lenk:
“Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa, now in its 3rd year, aims to share the energy of Israel’s start-up culture with women in the tech-sector of South Africa through supporting truly innovative start-ups. We know that in South Africa there are widely creative people who will gain from exposure to the world renowned innovation eco-system in Tel Aviv.
Our Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa content is of benefit to both South Africa and Israel by highlighting the benefits of outside the box creative thinking and honouring the best new woman ‘startupist’ in South Africa.”
The prize winner will travel to the DLD Festival in Tel Aviv to participate in lectures, workshops and meetings with leading Israeli investors and professionals. The winning start-up experience takes place during the DLD Festival week, Israel’s largest international hi-tech gathering, featuring hundreds of start ups, VC’s, angel investors and leading multinationals including top technological talent, the highest venture capital investments per capita and multi national centres for industry leaders such as Intel, Google, and Microsoft, Kimberly Clark, Amazon, GM, Amdocs, Facebook and more.
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The South African winner will have the opportunity to meet the coolest and smartest companies, techies, investors, designers, artists, scientists, and cultural drivers from Israel and abroad.
For more information and to enter, visit http://startuptelavivsouthafrica.com/
Closing date for entries: Friday the 3rd June 2016