Global Startup Foundation
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Global Startup Foundation is the Premier Startup Launchpad in the region involving Israel’s Silicon Wadi and Silicon Valley Tbilisi. Global Startup Foundation was launched to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. Its main goal is to support local innovative startups in their journey to global expansion. 

Every year, Global Startup Foundation organizes international startup events for startups to pitch to top global investors from Silicon Wadi. During these events startups have the opportunity to connect with future mentors and discuss their plans and prospects. What’s more, the foundation hosts private events for investors, masterclass sessions with top representatives of international startup ecosystems, meetings with Georgia’s Innovations and Technology Agency, financial institutions etc. 

Global Startup Foundation was established in 2019. The foundation created the opportunity for Georgian startups to acquire international investments. Investors from Israeli Silicon Wadi have made a major contribution to the development of the local startup ecosystem. After their first meeting with shortlisted startups they funded Echolize and together with GITA the startup raised a total of GEL 1,300,000. The investor network of the foundation grows every year. Notably, local angel investors have shown interest in funding rising entrepreneurs in Georgia.  


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From 2021, Global Startup Foundation is partnering with TBC, which will be launching a new product for potential investors - Startup Investment Loan. Startup Investment Loan is for any individual who is interested in finding additional funds for investing in a startup of their choice. Minimal size of the loan is 30,000 GEL and the grace period is ≤6 months, with interest payment. In order to get a startup investment loan interested clients have to go through standard procedures.  For additional details please visit www.tbcbank.ge.


From 2021, Business and Technology University became a member of the MIT Martin Trust Center. The agreement is another step towards improving the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and supporting innovative processes. Martin Trust Center is one of the leading entities in the international entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. Throughout BTU’s membership Georgian startups will have access to: 


  • cutting edge research & publications from the center’s affiliated experts and entrepreneurs in residence. 
  • The Martin Trust Center’s international network of entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators and academia 
  • Different events and conferences organized by the center
  • Disciplined Entrepreneurship online module

BTU will also be able to organize joint webinars and workshops with other members of the center. What’s more, BTU will have access to MIT’s yearly accelerator DELTA V demo day in New York, Cambridge and Silicon Valley.

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Global Startup Foundation Brochure
 



Investor/Mentor


Director of Archi Group, www.archi.ge; Vice President at Ambassadors Club of Israel; Honorary Consul of Georgia in the State of Israel at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Board Member at YTONG; Share Holder at Interacting Technology; Maof Construction and Development Ltd.; CEO & Founder at Benish Group Ltd.


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 David Zerah - Early stage investor, mentor, and consultant.
▪️https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidzerah/
 Mentor to young and promising startups, who operate in the areas of Digital Media, collaborative working, community, and E-commerce. Among the companies are Monday.comInteractech.comTouchcast.com, Screenz, Envite.shop, Paylix.com and others.

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 Boaz Inbal, is the General Manager, Innovation Centers @ Wix.com.
▪️https://www.linkedin.com/in/binbal/
Boaz has been extensive experience in establishing and managing multi-cultural software development centers all over the world, now managing all development centers of Wix out of Israel.



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Meni Benish
Founder and director of Archi Group, Honorary Consul of Georgia in the State of Israel, board member at YTONG, founder of Benish Group Ltd. With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, Meni Benish specializes in online marketing, online advertising, strategic planning and branding. In 2007, Mr. Benish founded the Benish Group, which actively supports startups in various industries. Each year, his team selects innovative startups and invests in them. Meni Benish is the founder of Global Startup Fundation. 

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David Zerah
With over 25 years of management experience, Mr. Zerah is one of the creators, mentors and advisors of Startup Screenz - http://scrnz.com/; Screenz creates a digital platform for over 30 broadcasters and streaming companies. Company customers include shows such as: Big Brother, Master Chef, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, The Million Pound Drop, Hell's Kitchen, The Taste, and Rising Star. Screenz's strategic partners include Google, ICM and Red Arrow. David is also a mentor for promising startups such as : Monday.comInteractech.com, and  Paylix.com.

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Giora Inbar
Active entrepreneur and an experienced business executive with vast leadership experience from leading infrastructure, energy, retail and industrial companies who has managed large scale companies and led hundreds of employees. Co-founder of Kaman Holdings, a group consisting of 30 industrial, trade and infrastructure companies, mother company of Mendelson Ltd, where Giora has managed 8 companies dealing with trade and operation water, energy and infrastructure, both locally and globally. Giora Inbar is the owner and the CEO of Ofaky Denish a strategic consultancy specializes in energy and infrastructure projects. 

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Ronen Marcovich
Founder and managing partner at Eshel, Marcovich & Cohen. Founding member of a real estate investment firm in the United States (Boyya – Invest LLC) and a manager and partner in various real estate initiatives in the United States (primarily in Texas and New York). Commander of an infantry battalion in reserves. Trustee to Ms. Lynn Schneider in Israel and the volunteer organization Yeladim Shelanu and Schneider Children’s Medical Center.  Member of the Board of Trustees of Sami Shamoon College of Engineering (Be’er Sheva, Ashdod). 


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Yaron Sheinman
Co-Founder, investor, Chairman, and CEO of Solutum Technologies. Experience of working with: Cambium, controlled by Matrix (TASE: MTRX), Tapingo, acquired by Grubhub (NYSE- GRBH), Teridion, Veloquant, Juno. Former Board Member of RR Media (Nasdaq: RRM); Chairman of Ananey Communications. Founder, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of BVR Technologies. Former independent consultant to Israel Aircraft Industries for the development of avionics systems and served as a combat pilot with the Israeli Air Force.



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Contact:
Silicon Valley Tbilisi, Georgia
0162 Ilia Chavchavadze ave 82.