Over 100 Israeli high-tech CEOs head to New York to meet investors

Israel Dealmakers Summit

A conference specifically aimed at linking up hot new Israeli start-up firms with American investors is kicking off in New York this week, with high-profile industry leaders expected to attend.

The sixth annual Israel Dealmakers Summit is hosted by Landmark Ventures, an American investment bank with Israeli roots, and as well as keynote speakers from both countries is facilitating networking opportunities and “fireside chats” with interested participants. Around 1,200 people are expected at the conference.

The conference comes in the wake of several recent successful Israeli sales, including Viber for $900 million to Japan’s Rakuten, and Google’s acquisition of Waze for $1 billion. Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, will give one of the keynote addresses at the conference on “The Anatomy of the Successful Israeli Company”.

Other speakers include Naftali Bennett, Israel's Minister of Economy, Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures, and Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook CMO and founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media.

Participants are expected to discuss new Israeli and global innovations in digital media, mobile, Internet, big data, semiconductors, software, healthcare and telecom. Hopeful and self-confident Israeli CEOs will try and attract attention from senior dealmakers from the likes of Google, Verizon, Citygroup and JPMorgan, among others.