The Secrets to Building and Funding Your DeepTech MVP

clock2.png Tuesday December 14, 2021 | 10:30am

loc2.png Intel Ignite | Azrieli Center Floor #27, Derech Menachem Begin 132, Tel Aviv-Yafo


Join Entrée Capital, Intel Ignite, and the Israel Innovation Authority for an in-person (only) morning panel conversation about how to build and fund a DeepTech MVP.


Achieving a minimum viable product in the arena of DeepTech is substantially more complex than in other tech ecosystems due to the high level of risk, the steep cost of investment, and the protracted timeline to reach effective ROI.


Join us to hear firsthand what DeepTech founders, investors, and technology supporters did (and continue to do) in order to overcome these challenges and build technology that will change the world.


Doors open at 10:00am. Welcome notes and the panel discussion will begin promptly at 10:30am.

?  Breakfast beverages will be served.

?  The event will not be live-streamed, however, a recording of the panel will be available online shortly after the event.

?  In accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, only those with an up-to-date Green Pass will be admitted.


Speakers and Panelists

Tomer Ben DavidCo-Founder and CEO of Vortex Imaging

Tomer Ben David holds a B.Sc (Cum Laude) in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Technion, and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. Tomer served in various Software engineering and management positions at Intel, Mellanox and other leading semiconductor companies. In 2009, Tomer Ben David co-founded, along with Uri Tal, Rocketick Technologies, and served as the CEO of the company. Nvidia and Intel Capital were among the lead investors in the company. In 2016, Rocketick was acquired by Cadence Design Systems. In 2020, Tomer co-founded, once again with Uri Tal, Vortex Imaging. The company is financially backed by Entrée Capital and currently operates in stealth mode.

Leah KolbenCo-Founder and CTO of

Leah Kolben developed her passion for technology at a very young age. By high school, she had already began a BSc in Mathematics and Physics. She continued serving in the Israel Defense Force Intelligence unit for 3 years as an electrical engineer. Following her service in the IDF, Leah advanced her learning, earning a BSc in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while simultaneously working as a software team leader at WatchDox, which was later acquired by Blackberry. In her last position, she led the startup, Appoint, as CTO - and has expanded her career by consulting for enterprises on AI and Machine Learning.

Nir MinerbiCo-Founder and CEO of Classiq

Nir Minerbi is the co-founder and CEO of Classiq, a company developing a unique platform for quantum algorithm design. Nir has a history of leading cutting-edge technology teams and projects to extraordinary outcomes. He has a Master's degree in Physics and is a graduate of the prestigious 'Talpiot' program.

Ran AchituvManaging Partner at Entrée Capital

Ran Achituv has been part of the Israeli technology ecosystem for the past 20 years, from his time founding the IDF's Satellite Intelligence unit, through senior roles with Israeli tech giants such as Amdocs, as CTO, and Verint. Ran was a lecturer at the Computer Science department of the IDC Herzliya. Ran holds a Kellogg MBA and co-founded a number of startups. He is currently a Managing Partner at Entrée Capital.

Yuval AvnonCTO and Co-Founder of Ignite

Yuval Avnon is the CTO and co-founder of Ignite – Intel’s flagship startup growth program. Yuval has been building deep-tech products from concept to scale throughout his career. He has deep roots in technology and architecture, product and strategy, in addition to business impact. Yuval has previously led Intel’s client chipset strategic product planning and has held various architecture and product leadership positions at Marvell Semiconductors and Galileo Technology. Additionally, he mentored dozens of deep-tech startup entrepreneurs. He holds a BSEE from the Technion (Cum Laude) and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University (Cum Laude).

Karina RubinsteinSr. Director of BD Start-Up Division at the Israel Innovation Authority

Karina Rubinstein is an experienced business developer with over 20 years of hands-on global markets. She aided in the growth of an international presence and created sales platforms for Israeli companies in various stages and developed innovative thinking. Karina has held leadership roles in different areas spanning from medical devices and digital health, cleantech, traditional industry, and more.