Startup Nation Israel: Tiny Place, Big Innovation

Learn how a young country New Jersey's size and population became an innovation giant and what we can learn and apply to accelerate growth.
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Learn how a young country New Jersey's size and population became an innovation giant and what we can learn and apply to accelerate growth.

This session explores the history and culture of Israeli innovation, and what makes this young country one of the hottest innovation epicenters and exporters despite its tiny size, hostile neighbors, constant conflict and scarce natural resources. Learn how without even knowing, each of interacts with 15-100 innovations in our daily lives, and how these every day Israeli innovations are making life better for billions of people around the world: making deserts bloom to feed the hungry, drawing water from the air, curing the sick, making us safer and so much more- and take home some valuable tips on how to apply the Israeli innovative problem solving mindset and intuition to help your business grow and thrive.

Nirit Harel is a veteran of the Israeli start-up environment with 20+ years of turnaround, marketing and management experience positioning ventures for growth, public offering and acquisition, including MRV Communications which subsequently reached a valuation of $5B+ (NASDAQ MRVC). She has extensive experience negotiating partnerships and winning multi-year European Commission technology development bids for the world's most established and promising innovators. She is especially passionate about the nexus between purpose and technology and was instrumental in launching and establishing a diverse range of tech, impact and nonprofit ventures in new markets in 60+ countries. A frequent speaker on the subject of innovation, Triple Bottom Line/ ROI in Philanthropy and women's leadership/ entrepreneurship, Nirit is a new Dallasite, having previously lived in several other US cities, Israel, Portugal and the UK. She is an active member of YPO, where she Chairs the YPO Entrepreneurship & Innovation Network and Innovation Week globally.