There are 2 major industry events in Israel, that bring together venture capitalists and entrepreneurs (in addition to investment bankers, lawyers, accountants and other service providers): The annual IVA event, and E&Y’s Journey, which was held today. These events provide the best opportunity to mingle with the Israeli crowd - everybody is there. In fact, it is so crowded that there was not enough parking available (I parked in the last spot available on the roof, which wasn’t exactly an official parking spot), and for lunch, there were not enough tables, nor even standing room to properly enjoy lunch. (Did anybody ask what are the differences between Silicon Valley and Israel???).
The conference agenda focuses on industry topics such as, trends in the various investment sectors (software, media, cleantech, etc., etc.) as well as workshops designed for entrepreneurs, addressing issues such as raising capital, IP strategy, etc.
However, as most of such conferences, it seems that most of the work is done outside of sessions. At any given point, the corridors were just packed! The organizers were actually smart (and kind) enough to design a large space, with cozy chairs, espresso and cookies, so that attendees could comfortably do what they would do in any case…. talk to each other.
So, for those that missed this opportunity to network, mark your calendar for IVA’s 2008 event: