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Inspiring high-tech ideas through international collaboration

The "Silicon Wadi" meets Switzerland event brings the incredible success story of Israel's high-tech industry to Switzerland.

How big is this success? "More venture capital investments on a per capita basis is flowing into Israel each year than into any country in the world including the US!" Dan Senor, author of the bestselling book Startup-Nation.

At this event some of the currently most promising high-tech firms from Israel will be present.
In panel discussions and breakout sessions the success is discussed with leading think-tanks, entrepreneurs and technology universities.

The event is an ideal place to learn about latest high-tech trends. Also you will experience first-hand, what is behind this success story and how it was possible in a country with less people and resources than Switzerland.

April 26, 2018

Opens: 01:00 pm Begins: 01:30 pm


This event is organized by


Welcome Notes

  • Ralf Haller, CEO, R. Haller IT Marketing & High-Tech Connect Suisse

The Israel Startup-Nation Ecosystem

  • Uri Weinheber, CEO & Managing Partner, thetime group
  • Dr. David Zvilichovsky, Senior innovation & business administration researcher, Tel Aviv University
  • Michal Geva, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Triventures
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, speaker tba

The hottest self-driving technologies from Israel

nominated are:
Argus Cybersecurity, Autotalks, Cortica, Cognata, Innoviz Technologies, Karamba Security, Nexar, Oryx Vision, Valens, Waze


High-tech exhibition and networking

The hottest e-health innovations from Israel

nominated are:
BitBite, Eybna Technologies, Nutrino, Oxitone Medical, SCiO, SleepRate, Zebra Medical Vision

Panel Discussion

How can Israel and Switzerland work together in high-tech?

moderated by Philipp Löpfe, Economic Journalist, Watson.ch

Networking. Apéro.

High-tech exhibition and networking


Uri Weinheber

Uri is Managing Partner of thetime, and has been leading innovative ventures for over fifteen years in various positions, including CEO, founder, board member, investor, senior advisor and VP.

His involvement spans over a dozen companies, including Scitex (Acquired by Creo/Kodak), Xerox (NASDAQ), VirtualSelf (Acquired by TDNet), Pitango Multimedia (a Scitex Company), RadWare (NASDAQ), Netcom ( Acquired by Malam Team), XMPie ( Acquired by Xerox), Ubique (then, an AOL Company), RTImage ( Acquired by GE Healthcare), Agentics (Acquired by Mercado), AppStream (Acquired by Symantec), ComView and others.

Michal Geva

Michal has 20 years of professional experience in Israeli and American medical device companies.

Michal has co-led and founded all of Triventures funds with strategic and financial investors. She has led investments in the fields of structural heart, orthopedics, robotics, women’s health, ophthalmology and digital health. Michal’s investments have been from pre-seed all the way to late stage deals.

Michal held board seats on Apica and ApK (transitioned to Thoratec), and currently holds board seats in OrthoSpace (massive rotator cuff repair), MST (robotic laparoscopic surgery platform), MediSafe (patient engagement platform), Eyeyon (ophthalmology), Cathworks (interventional cardiology) and 6over6 (consumer optometry).

Prior to Triventures, Michal held executive roles in regulatory and clinical affairs and in business development at a number of startups including ByPass (collaborated with J&J), AST (acquired by Boston Scientific), and GI View (in the field of gastroenterology).

Dr. David Zvilichovsky

David Zvilichovsky received his Ph.D. in Economics as well as an MSc. in Computer Science from the Tel Aviv University. His current research interests include: Networks & Platforms, Innovation & Growth, CrowdFunding, Entrepreneurship, Bubbles, and the Internet Economy.

Dr. Zvilichovsky has been involved with the Israeli High Tech industry for over 20 years working with industry leaders such as Comverse, Scitex and Electric Fuel. He co-founded IPHighway, a pioneer in the Network QOS space and was an executive at the Robo-Group during its IPO on both the Nasdaq and Tel Aviv Stock exchanges.

Over the years David has served as a board member and advisor in the areas of Venture Capital, Technology Innovation and Early Stage Ventures. Zvilichovsky also served as a special economic advisor to the national economic council at the Israeli prime minister’s office during the 2008 market crisis.

Dr. Zvilichovsky teaches courses in economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.


We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.

Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

He is also founder of the first High-Tech Connect Suisse association encouraging high-tech business development.

Ralf teaches at the Swiss-American university in Lugano the course Global Innovation Ecosystems.

In his free time he loves spending high-quality time with his family, and doing fitness sports and intelligence training to keep fit physically and mentally. He is eager and open to always try out new things.

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In the Media

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Israel: The start-up nation - CNBC, 23.07.2015

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"Silicon Wadi": Israel's Economic Miracle - CBN

How does Israel, one of the world's smallest countries, produce more startup companies than many of the world's most developed nations?

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Was die Schweiz von Israel lernen kann - NZZ, 07.10.2016

In Israel fliesst pro Kopf der Bevölkerung fünf- bis zehnmal so viel Risikokapital in Jungunternehmen wie in der Schweiz. Israel ist damit die Nummer eins der Welt. Die Schweiz kann davon lernen.

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Cybersecurity-Unternehmerin Shira Kaplan: «In der Schweiz ist man zu entspannt» - Luzerner Zeitung, 08.10.2016

Die Israelin Shira Kaplan gilt als eine der profiliertesten Expertinnen in Sachen Internetsicherheit. Sie sagt, warum die Schweiz aufwachen muss. Und was der hiesigen Start-up-Szene fehlt.

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"Silicon Wadi" meets Switzerland - startupticker.ch, 14.10.2016

Israel is well known as one of the most important worldwide start-up hubs. What are the success factors? What can Switzerland learn from Israel? What are the opportunities for Swiss start-ups? Top-class speakers will discuss these questions at an event at the Technopark Luzern on 10 November.

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ROOT – Am 10. November werden im Technopark Luzern Erfolgsfaktoren von Startups unter die Lupe genommen - rontaler.ch, 25.10.2016

Israel gilt als die Startup-Nation schlechthin: Es hat den grösseren Zufluss an Risikokapitalinvestitionen auf einer per capita Basis als jedes andere Land auf der Welt, die USA eingeschlossen. Doch was steckt hinter Israels Erfolgsgeschichte und wie ist es überhaupt möglich, dass ein Land mit weniger Einwohnern und Ressourcen als die Schweiz im Startup-Bereich Geschichte schreibt?

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