Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit

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About Summit


Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit – along with international partner Georgia will hold a large-scale event.

The first annual Entrepreneurship Summit will be held in Tbilisi on March 11, 2020, organized by the Business and Technology University (BTU). Promoting Georgia's entrepreneurial ecosystem, facilitating access to finance for entrepreneurs, attracting foreign partners and foundations, attracting investment, presenting large-scale entrepreneurship research and working on many other issues are on the agenda of the summit.

Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit is being organized in partnership with Henley Entrepreneurship Center and TBC Startupper. British Embassy in Georgia, Embassy of Israel in Georgia, European as well as US international organizations will be represented at the summit. Within the framework of the Summit, Georgia will be visited by a group of israeli investors from Silicon Wadi, british scientists and startups, as well as delegates from international investment funds and diplomatic corps. 

Summit is supported by the  British Council through the program Creative Sparks.

The summit will include panel discussions on - the investment environment of Georgia and access to finance for entrepreneurs; discussion of Georgia’s and global entrepreneurial ecosystem; research presentation; meetings with international partners; presentations of startups; pitching session with investors from Israeli’s Silicon Wadi, invited by Silicon Valley Tbilisi’s Global Startup Foundation, within which startups will be able to raise up to 1 million in funding. As part of the Summit, early stage and successful startups / entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their products and share them with the general public.


Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, 14 Merab Kostava St, Tbilisi 0108 
March 11, 2020 09:00 – 19:00



Meeting With Global Startup Foundation Investors

Within the framework of Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit, Israel’s Silicon Wadi investors will be investing in startups working in the tech trends industries, such as: artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, digital media, e-commerce, mobile applications, fintech, P2P platforms, virtual and augmented reality, game industry, internet of things (IoT), blockchain. Opportunities for financing outstanding and innovative startups in other industries are also discussed.

Startups willing to meet with Israel’s Silicon Wadi investors can register before February 25th, 2020 at the following link 

* Please note that only pre-selected startups can participate in the pitching session with investors. Registered startups will receive the information on the selection decision no later than February 28, 2020. 

During the first session of the Global Startup Foundation, in partnership with Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA), Georgian startup company “Influence Georgia” was granted with 1,300,000 GEL.

The following invited investors will meet pre-selected startups:


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.com, Interactech.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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Partners


Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit is organized for the first time in Georgia within the framework of partnership with Henley Entrepreneurship Center.

 

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The Summit partner is TBC Startuper 

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The Summit partner is Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency

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The Summit if supported by:


  • Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency(GITA)
  • Enterprise Georgia 
  • Georgian National Tourism Administration
  • Tbilisi Municipaly Business Accelerator “Spark”
  • British Embassy in Georgia
  • Embassy of Israel in Georgia
  • British Council
  • British-Georgian Chamber of Commerce
  • European Investment Bank
  • UN Women
  • Global Startup Foundation of Silicon Valley Tbilisi 
  • University of Westminster
  • Georgian School of Management
  • Impact Hub
  • Touch
  • Bene Exclusive 
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Media

Media accreditation will be open before March 2, 2020 at the following link

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Startup Talks

Georgian and British startups will participate in Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit in parallel panel discussions:


  • Simon Mellamphy - Founder & CEO at CEEM  & Sarah Speake - Head of Strategy of “CEEM”
  • James Perry - CEO at Locosoco
  • Dachi Choladze – Co-founder at PulsarAI
  • Rati Golijashvili – CEO at BioChimPharm (BCP)
  • Anano Dolaberidze – Co-founder and CEO at Phubber
  • Marita Genebashvili - Founder and Managing Partner of Microgreens.ge & Inebe.ge
  • Nino Eliava – Co-founder and Creative Director at MORE is LOVE 

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Registration 

Attendance at the Tbilisi Entrepreneurship Summit is open to any interested registered person.
The registration is open before March 2, 2020 at the following link 

Startups willing to meet with Israel’s Silicon Wadi investors can register before February 25th, 2020 at the following link 

* Please note that only pre-selected startups can participate in the pitching session with investors. Registered startups will receive the information on the selection decision no later than February 28, 2020. 

Media accreditation will be open before March 2, 2020 at the following link



Contact

tes@btu.edu.ge




Agenda





 09:00 – 09:45


Registration

(Garden Hall) 

 

 

10:00 – 10:50

Opening Panel Discussion - “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Georgia and Globally: Achievements and Challenges”

 (at Garden Hall) 

Moderated by: Giorgi Sharashidze

Welcome Speech by: Natia Turnava -
 Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

  

  • Nino Enukidze – Rector of Business and Technology University (BTU)
  • Irakli Nadareishvili – Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Ran Gidor – Ambassador of Israel to Georgia
  • Maciej Czura – Head of the Regional Representation, European Investment Bank
  • Alexandra Cole – Deputy Great Britain Ambassador  to Georgia 

Simultaneous translation will be available

 

 





11:00 - 11:15




11:15 – 12:00

Presentation of the research: Access to finance for entrepreneurs in Georgia

 (at Garden Hall) 



Mariam Lashkhi – Head of the Research, Associate Professor, BTU; 

Deputy Chairperson of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA), Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia 


Panel Discussion: Raising public and private resources for financing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Georgia
Moderated by: Sandro Vepkhvadze

  • Avtandil Kasradze – Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)
  • Nikoloz Kurdiani - Deputy CEO, SME & Micro Banking, TBC Bank
  • Andrew Godley - Academic Director for the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • George Darchia - DAI Global Component Lead, the USAID Economic Security Program
  • Andrew Wrobel - Founding Partner, Strategy and Content, Emerging Eurpoe 

Simultaneous translation will be available


12:00 - 13:00


Lunch break

 

 

13:00 - 14:30

Startup Talks   

 (at Garden Hall)

Moderated by: tbc

  • Simon Mellamphy - Founder & CEO of “CEEM” & Sarah Speake - Head of Strategy of “CEEM”
  • James Perry - Chief Executive Officer of “Locosoco”
  • Zaal Gachechiladze – Co-founder of „Pulsar AI”
  • Rati Gholijashvili – CEO of „BioChimPharm (BCP) “ 

 

Presenting Women Entrepreneurs,  Jenni Ratilainen, UN Women

  • Marita Genebashvili- Founder and Managing partner of Inebe.ge; Founder of Microgreen
  • Anano Dolaberidze- CEO & Co-founder of Phubber.app
  • Nino Eliava- Creative Director & Co-Founder of Moreislove.com

 

Simultaneous translation will be available



14:30 - 15:00


Coffee break

(at Garden Hall)

 

 

  15:00 – 16:00

Presentation of Global Startup Foundation Vol.2

(at Garden Hall)

  • Mikheil Batiashvili - Chairman of the Supervisory Board, BTU
  • Ran Gidor – Ambassador of Israel to Georgia
  • Meni Benish - Honorary Consul of Georgia in Israel, Founder of Global Startup Foundation
  • David Zerah – Angel Investor, Silicon Wadi
  • Yaron Sheinman - Angel Investor, Silicon Wadi
  • Giora Inbar - Angel Investor, Silicon Wadi
  • Ronen Markovich - Angel Investor, Silicon Wadi


Elevator Pitches of Selected Startups

 


16:00 – 19:00

 

  

Investors Meeting with Selected Startups

Global Startup Foundation

 (at Master Room)

Pre-selected startups’ pitching in front of investors

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