Business and Enterprise

Israel is world renowned for its prestigious and innovative businesses and their executives. On Project Beyond we set up small group meetings or one-on-ones with industry leaders in your specific field of interest or major.  You will have the ability to form a personal relationship with them. Our business professionals are on the cutting edge of Israel's entrepreneurship scene in their respective fields. They are the true people behind the "Start-Up Nation", as Israel is coined today in many international business settings. 

They love it when you keep in touch, and many of our participants are offered internships based upon their connections they have made on Project Beyond. The Project Beyond staff will also help you get in touch with our professionals after the trip, and connect you to other experts in North America for those interested in pursuing our North American internship model.

What questions do you want to ask a CEO of a major Start-Up Company?

What fields would you like to explore in Israel?

Do you know that Israel is rated #2 in the world for Start-Ups per capita?

If these questions are appealing, our Business and Enterprise track is for you! 

 

 

Some Summer 2015 Highlights:

 

Ms. Hanna Pri-Zan is currently Chairman of Board at Peilim Portfolio Management, a member of the Bank Hapoalim Group. She previously served as the Head of Client Asset Management and Member of Management Board at Bank Hapoalim B.M. from February 2004 to September 2012. Ms. Pri-Zan joined Bank Hapoalim in 1972 and has held several positions with responsibility for securities research and advice including with respect to trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, foreign securities trading, derivatives activity, and research/investment advice. She is also a lecturer on financial literacy at The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion. Ms. Prizan serves as a board member for various community and cultural volunteer activities, including Tel Hai College, University of Haifa, the Weizmann Institute, and Etgarim, an Israeli association for the disabled.

Ms. Hanna Pri-Zan is currently Chairman of Board at Peilim Portfolio Management, a member of the Bank Hapoalim Group. She previously served as the Head of Client Asset Management and Member of Management Board at Bank Hapoalim B.M. from February 2004 to September 2012. Ms. Pri-Zan joined Bank Hapoalim in 1972 and has held several positions with responsibility for securities research and advice including with respect to trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, foreign securities trading, derivatives activity, and research/investment advice. She is also a lecturer on financial literacy at The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion. Ms. Prizan serves as a board member for various community and cultural volunteer activities, including Tel Hai College, University of Haifa, the Weizmann Institute, and Etgarim, an Israeli association for the disabled.



Mr. Orey Gilliam served as the President of Codefuel Division at Perion Network Ltd since June 17, 2014. Mr. Gilliam serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BI Science Ltd. Mr. Gilliam served as the Chief Executive Officer at ICQ, since November 2003. Mr. Gilliam successfully led ICQ to an all time high user base worldwide and managed ICQ's transition from a product based company to a media communication business that is constantly growing in product offering, user base and financial parameters. On top of his responsibilities, he is also the Head of the Messaging division at AOL, managing the activity of both ICQ and AIM. Mr. Gilliam was associated with Gilat Satellite Networks and its affiliated companies since 1992. In his last position at Gilat, Mr. Gilliam was the Vice President of Broadband at Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd., where he was responsible for the broadband sales through new deals and strategic consulting with existing customers in the areas of business planning, sales, marketing and operations. Mr. Gilliam joined Gilat in 1992 and served in various operation and marketing positions until 1998 when he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Gilat, Inc., then the United States subsidiary of Gilat. In 1999, after leading the U.S. integration team for the acquisition of StarBand Communications Inc. by Gilat, Mr. Gilliam served as the Chief Information Officer of Spacenet Inc. Mr. Gilliam was employed in technical and marketing positions at Intel Corporation. Prior to this, he served as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations and as the Chief Information Officer at StarBand Communications from January 2000 to 2002. He serves as the Executive Chairman at Bulloons.com, Ltd. At StarBand, Mr. Gilliam oversaw the service launch and grew the subscriber base to more than 40,000. He serves as a Director at BA Networks Ltd. He serves as Member of Advisory Board at thetime. Mr. Gilliam Graduated with Honors from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology with a Degree in Computer Engineering and holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion in Israel.

Mr. Orey Gilliam served as the President of Codefuel Division at Perion Network Ltd since June 17, 2014. Mr. Gilliam serves as the Chief Executive Officer at BI Science Ltd. Mr. Gilliam served as the Chief Executive Officer at ICQ, since November 2003. Mr. Gilliam successfully led ICQ to an all time high user base worldwide and managed ICQ's transition from a product based company to a media communication business that is constantly growing in product offering, user base and financial parameters. On top of his responsibilities, he is also the Head of the Messaging division at AOL, managing the activity of both ICQ and AIM. Mr. Gilliam was associated with Gilat Satellite Networks and its affiliated companies since 1992. In his last position at Gilat, Mr. Gilliam was the Vice President of Broadband at Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd., where he was responsible for the broadband sales through new deals and strategic consulting with existing customers in the areas of business planning, sales, marketing and operations. Mr. Gilliam joined Gilat in 1992 and served in various operation and marketing positions until 1998 when he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Gilat, Inc., then the United States subsidiary of Gilat. In 1999, after leading the U.S. integration team for the acquisition of StarBand Communications Inc. by Gilat, Mr. Gilliam served as the Chief Information Officer of Spacenet Inc. Mr. Gilliam was employed in technical and marketing positions at Intel Corporation. Prior to this, he served as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations and as the Chief Information Officer at StarBand Communications from January 2000 to 2002. He serves as the Executive Chairman at Bulloons.com, Ltd. At StarBand, Mr. Gilliam oversaw the service launch and grew the subscriber base to more than 40,000. He serves as a Director at BA Networks Ltd. He serves as Member of Advisory Board at thetime. Mr. Gilliam Graduated with Honors from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology with a Degree in Computer Engineering and holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion in Israel.


Mr. Daniel S. Recanati is the Founder and CEO of Rhodium, a private investment firm whose mission is to identify the most promising entrepreneurs and help them build thriving companies.  Rhodium focuses on high growth and cutting-edge opportunities in the fields of Internet, new-media, mobile, and new technologies in general. Rhodium supports entrepreneurs and strengthens their ventures with its resources: funding, broad management expertise, and a valuable and extensive network of business contacts around the globe.  Daniel S. Recanati is involved in many community organizations such as The Israel National Museum of Science Technology and Space (MadaTech), The Yahel Foundation and Apple Seeds Academy (Tapuah) - The Israeli Society for the Advancement of the Information Age.

Mr. Daniel S. Recanati is the Founder and CEO of Rhodium, a private investment firm whose mission is to identify the most promising entrepreneurs and help them build thriving companies. 
Rhodium focuses on high growth and cutting-edge opportunities in the fields of Internet, new-media, mobile, and new technologies in general. Rhodium supports entrepreneurs and strengthens their ventures with its resources: funding, broad management expertise, and a valuable and extensive network of business contacts around the globe. 
Daniel S. Recanati is involved in many community organizations such as The Israel National Museum of Science Technology and Space (MadaTech), The Yahel Foundation and Apple Seeds Academy (Tapuah) - The Israeli Society for the Advancement of the Information Age.



Mr. Ilya Budik is an accomplished executive in the biotech industry with experience in guiding strategic product and business development in both established and emerging companies. He has effectively recruited capital from angels, venture, and strategic partner financing; established R&D and clinical teams; led international projects; and ran due diligence on prospective technologies. He maintains extensive relationships in the biotech and high-tech industry, tech transfer organizations, VC’s, and professional organizations. Mr. Budik brings to the table executive management experience with biomedical start-ups in Israel and finance at Johnson & Johnson in the US. Previously, he served as CEO at NeuroQuest, a Trendlines Medical Portfolio company, where he led the clinical validation of blood-based immune biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and ALS diseases through the recruitment of a management team with industry recognized leaders in business and clinical development, secured $1 million in financing from private and institutional investors, and partnered with key international players in the industry. Previously, he managed business development at MND Diagnostics. Mr. Budik studied finance and biochemistry at Miami University of Ohio, contributing to research efforts in biochemistry and organic chemistry at Miami University, Ohio State University, and the University of Tennessee and completed the Lahav Executive Training program for Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University. 

Mr. Ilya Budik is an accomplished executive in the biotech industry with experience in guiding strategic product and business development in both established and emerging companies. He has effectively recruited capital from angels, venture, and strategic partner financing; established R&D and clinical teams; led international projects; and ran due diligence on prospective technologies. He maintains extensive relationships in the biotech and high-tech industry, tech transfer organizations, VC’s, and professional organizations. Mr. Budik brings to the table executive management experience with biomedical start-ups in Israel and finance at Johnson & Johnson in the US. Previously, he served as CEO at NeuroQuest, a Trendlines Medical Portfolio company, where he led the clinical validation of blood-based immune biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and ALS diseases through the recruitment of a management team with industry recognized leaders in business and clinical development, secured $1 million in financing from private and institutional investors, and partnered with key international players in the industry. Previously, he managed business development at MND Diagnostics. Mr. Budik studied finance and biochemistry at Miami University of Ohio, contributing to research efforts in biochemistry and organic chemistry at Miami University, Ohio State University, and the University of Tennessee and completed the Lahav Executive Training program for Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University. 



Ari Rosiman--Glide, CEO & Co-Founder Ari is passionate about big opportunities and great ideas. He started his career by proving the commercialization value of a small nanotech startup. Within 12 months of joining the effort, the company was acquired by the world's largest materials manufacturer. Ari has co-founded 4 profitable ventures and consulted for several others. Ari holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He loves learning new things and spending time with amazing people.

Ari Rosiman--Glide, CEO & Co-Founder

Ari is passionate about big opportunities and great ideas. He started his career by proving the commercialization value of a small nanotech startup. Within 12 months of joining the effort, the company was acquired by the world's largest materials manufacturer.

Ari has co-founded 4 profitable ventures and consulted for several others. Ari holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He loves learning new things and spending time with amazing people.



Aviel Siman-Tov --Co-Founder & CEO of Fairfly, Chairman of Birthright Israel Excel Israeli Alumni Association

Aviel Siman-Tov --Co-Founder & CEO of Fairfly, Chairman of Birthright Israel Excel Israeli Alumni Association


Ron Gura--Entrepreneur In Residence at Aleph, former Director of Ebay Israel Innovation Center

Ron Gura--Entrepreneur In Residence at Aleph, former Director of Ebay Israel Innovation Center


Asher Abraham--Our Crowd, Director of Investor Relations

Asher Abraham--Our Crowd, Director of Investor Relations


 

and more.....

 

Mr. Michael Eisenberg joined Benchmark Capital in 2005.  Before joining Benchmark, he was a partner at Israel Seed Partners for eight years. Prior he was the vice president of investment banking at Jerusalem Global Ventures. His current investments include Conduit, Digital Fuel, Finjan, Clarizen, Wix, Gigya, Seeking Alpha, TuneWiki and Zlango and is a board observer at WeWork. He was ranked as the number one VC on the Forbes Israel "Midas List" and number 39 globally. 
Mr. Eisenberg sits on the Board of Yeshivat Har Etzion, the largest Hesder yeshiva in Israel, combining Army service and Torah study. He previously sat on the Board of the non-profit, Snunit, which works to bring technology into Israel’s elementary schools. Eisenberg was a cofounder of Scoop, Israel’s only citizen journalism site.
Additionally, Eisenberg has blogged about his professional and personal life at “Six Kids and a Full Time Job” since 2005. He writes on investing, the economy and entrepreneurship, as well as the adventures of having seven children. On his blog he issued an early warning in January 2008 of the U.S. recession. Eisenberg is a frequent speaker at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Inter-disciplinary Center in Herzilya, Israel, as well as industry events on venture capital and technology.
 

 

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Description of one of our recent Project Beyond fellows and her meeting with Hanna Pri-Zan, chairman of the board for Peilim Investments. Check out Hanna's LinkedIn Profile: https://goo.gl/SJaxzr

Posted by Project Beyond on Monday, June 29, 2015