Proper mentorship is one of the most important success factors for startups.
We know that Israel is recognized today as a "startup nation" with the second largest number of start-ups in the world after the U.S., and with the largest number of Nasdaq-listed companies outside North America.
Israeli startups possess a unique quality in that they are always looking at the global market; Israeli startups almost never target the local market, and this is one of the reasons for their great global success. We want to import this thinking to Korea via our Israeli mentors.
Toward this end, we selected a pool of successful and highly experienced mentors from Israel who are currently top executives, board members, angel investors, and startup advisors. Most importantly, they are very passionate about passing their knowledge on to help startups succeed.
The mentors bring experience in development, design, financial, marketing and sales. They have experience in building successful products to global markets. They all have experience working for multinational companies and a versatile understanding of how to build a company that can grow from 5 people to 5,000.
Our mentors work closely with the entrepreneurs, provide guidance and help, record milestones, give useful tips, and review or monitor the objectives.
The mentors serve a dual purpose:
- Selection: Since the mentors will commit time and effort, they will only choose startups they believe have a good chance to succeed. They will also choose startups that the mentors feel they can help, or are within their realm of expertise.
- Full alignment with the program's goals: Since the mentors receive most of their compensation for their time through equity or carried interest, their goal is to help the company reach a successful exit so that they can be well compensated for their time and effort. This is the goal of the program, as well as that of the startup founders.
We believe that with Israeli unique know-how we can provide the best mentorship Korean startups need to succeed.
Below is a list of some of our great mentors.
Mr Lior WeizmanLior Weizman is leading the Startups & Developers Ecosystem team as well as the ISV Channel team in IBM Israel, including responsibility for IBM first startups accelerator in the world ("Alpha Zone"). Lior is managing a team of Sales, Tech Experts, Business Development, Marketing and Program Managers, with a mission to build and execute the relationships between IBM and key Israeli startups and ISVs. Lior started his journey in IBM in 2006, and served in various positions such as Global Alliance Manager, Business Development Executive and Sales Operations Department Manager. Lior has an MBA from Tel Aviv University in Israel and a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from Shenkar College of Engineering in Israel. Lior is also acting as an advisor and mentor for several startups and in several academic programs. In his free time Lior is writing a blog about innovation at TheMarker, one of the most popular economic news websites in Israel.
Mr Ido YablonkaCurrently general manager of Yahoo’s engineering center in Tel-Aviv. Was co-founder/CEO of ClarityRay, pioneered modern ad security and became market leader in to counter-fraud fields, exited to Yahoo.
Mr Dror SoferCurrently Entrepreneur and Business Leader at Denio Capital. Over 25 yesars of different roles in the software, telecommunications, networking, virtualization, cleantech and imaging industries. Was Co-Founder and CEO at NLCon System Ltd, Head of business APAC at DiviNetworks, VP Processor Business at BroadLight, Co-Founder and CEO at Ceedo Technologies. Graduated BSc Electronics Engineering from University of Tel Aviv, and Msc in Electro Optics and image processing.
Mr Yossi TaguriCurrently Co-Founder of Yallo. For the past 25 years he has developed software on a wide range of technologies and devices. He is a frequent speaker on several events ranging from Marketing to Technical conferences. He has a weekly video show on the internet, a spot on Israeli TV on Channel 10 and a spot on the leading financial magazine in Israel "The Marker". Was Co-founder and CEO at Labgoo, Co-Founder at Shidurey, Co-Founder and CEO at fiddme.
Mr. Ronen Siman-TovIBM Israel Innovation Center Manager, managing a group of senior architects & SMEs. He leads all technological mentoring and technological guidance activities with the Israeli start-ups and matured hi-tech companies on behalf of IBM. Ronen has a vast experience as a lecturer who speaks in large technological events, serves as a mentor and as a judge in heckathons and participates in technological and innovation panels. Ronen is an IBM Senior Certified IT architect and holds a M.Sc degree from Ben Gurion University (A.I. & Robotics), with more than 20 years of experience in the development & management of complex software systems
Mr. David SachsSerial Entrepreneur and a former IT officer at Center of Computing and Information Systems (Mamram) in IDF. CEO & Founder at TomoBox (Mobile messaging and texting analysis platform). Was CEO & Co-founder at Athena Software Services (client/server technologies), VP Sales & Co-Founder at Paspartoo.com (world's first internet print on demand platform), Entrepreneur-In-Residence at DBINV Investment Bank, CEO at XLoom Communication (world's first drop-in optical connector for infiniband, Ethernet and Fiber channel application).
Mr. Boaz KantorToday Cyber Security Innovation Manager at AT&T and Chairman at Zell Entrepreneurship Program in IDC. Was Founder and CEO at Civillius, and Director of R&D at Continuity Software, Founder and CEO at Cartly. Holds patents in Network service security and Network service optimization. Graduated from IDC Herzliya, BSc Computer Science
Mr. Ohad LevinSolutions architect with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Today Senior Software Architect of IBM Mobile First Platform at IBM. Was Founder and CTO at SnapCentric Inc (acquired by VeriSign Inc.), Chief Technology Officer at GreenRoad, Customer Solutions Manager at WorkLight (acquired by IBM) and System Architect at VeriSign Inc (acquired by Symantec). Graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania, BSc, Computer Science and BS in Economics.
Ms. Annie ReissVice President Marketing at Verix. Was Vice President Marketing at BUTA’I and Vice President Marketing at Hotbar.com (Sold to US Zango). Graduated Bar-Ilan University in Israel.Speak French, English and Hebrew.
Mr. Nick BilogorskiyFounder at Cyphort and Angel Investor. Senior director at Fortinet. Senior director at Sonicwall. Senior director at Facebook. Graduate of Stanford University.