4. "Silicon Wadi"

meets Switzerland

We believe you can learn from every great high-tech nation.

- This event focuses on the most promising Israeli IT security startups.

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Inspiring high-tech ideas through international collaboration

This year’s Startup-Nation Israel event will focus on the IT security industry.
We will have in five - for Swiss organizations most relevant - IT security categories Israeli startups present. Visitors can set up 1:1 meetings with these startups.

The state of the IT security market in Israel

Israel has been world-famous for its high-tech successes in IT security.
The success story continues and in 2018 more than 1 billion USD have been invested, as much as the entire investments in all of Switzerland's startups.

Some of the numbers:

  • 66 new companies were founded, an increase of 10 percent over 2017
  • Also - which is highly important for a healthy ecosystem - there have been very lucrative exists in the hundreds of millions USD like Secdo acquired for $100 million
  • Emerging fields were: IoT security, security for Blockchain and crypto currencies, cloud-native security and SDP

Source: A look back at the Israeli cyber security industry in 2018

07 May, 2019

Begins: 01:30 pm


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The state of the IT security market in Israel

Selected IT security categories where startups will present:

  • Cloud Security and Protection of Data in the Cloud
  • IAM
  • Thread Intelligence
  • SOC
  • Security for Blockchain and crypto currencies

Ralf Haller

My more than two decades work experience has spanned various marketing, project management and business development roles, based on my training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

My career started while at university, when I took an assistant role in the USA. Later, I worked 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 my move to Silicon Valley where I lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building some of the first data communication equipments in the market. (first gigabit ethernet router/switch)

Since 2001, I provide product marketing and business development support and have organised different high-tech business events in Switzerland.

I am the organiser of about 15 per year national and international high-tech trends, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology business events in Switzerland, among them:

+ Silicon Valley meets Switzerland, svms-event.ch

+ Startup-Nation Israel meets Switzerland, startup-nation.ch

+ Chinese-Swiss High-tech Summit, china-innovation.ch

I am also the founder and president of the first - not for profit - "High-Tech Connect suisse" association encouraging and inspiring high-tech business development.


I started teaching the course "Global Innovation Ecosystems" and others at universities and look forward doing more of these as I love sharing and discussing with smart minds of all ages and cultures.

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