YPO Innovation Week Unites Global Innovators for Israel Innovation Experience

Signature event in Israel will feature cutting-edge insights from the area’s most innovative thought leaders

TEL AVIV, 2 May 2018 – As a part of its third annual YPO Innovation Week, YPO will host InnovNation – Israel Innovation Experience 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel, focusing on how leaders are navigating the opportunities and challenges of Israel while highlighting the country’s spirit of innovation.

YPO Innovation Week is a series of more than 50 events conducted in over 30 countries throughout the world from 7-11 May 2018, featuring dynamic global innovators who will come together to share best-in-class business strategies as well as timely and relevant insights that are fueling innovation and shaping the future of global business over the next decade.

At InnovNation – Israel Innovation Experience 2018, innovation and disruption will be the leading themes, honing in on a 360-degree view of a diverse array of innovative business opportunities in Israel. Attendees will experience the latest technologies and advancements in software, including speed rounds at the No.1 research institution outside of the United States —Weizmann Institute of Science — as well as unique insights on mobility, food, social, humanitarian, clean/ green energy, water, biotech, medical innovation and more.

The event will also feature opportunities for leaders to experience new innovation hubs in the Rothschild Boulevard start-up corridor, where many of Tel Aviv’s most cutting-edge developments are made and contained amidst world-famous “Bauhaus” landmarks.

“Israel is known as ‘The Start-Up Nation’ and this event will provide many unique opportunities for members to look at the future through the eyes of innovators, disrupters and inventors,” says InnovNation Co-Chair and YPO member Vered Aharon, Founder of Get & Start Over.

The event will showcase top leaders in government, academia, business and technology including:

  • Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority
  • Professor Daniel Zajfman, President of the Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Yossi Vardi, High-tech industry pioneer and partner in founding 85+ different ventures, including ICQ
  • Yuval Rabin, President and Chairman of W.T.P. Israel
  • Yuval Shachar, Founder at Innovation Endeavors
  • Dan Shechtman, Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Nobel Prize laureate for chemistry
  • Uri Levine, Co-Founder of Waze
  • Gidi Grinstein, Founder and President of Reut

“InnovNation II follows in the footsteps of our No.1-rated inaugural immersion last year and features leaders in all areas of disruption unique to Israel as a global leader of research, entrepreneurship and innovation. Members will be exposed to practical solutions for investment in their businesses and in a better tomorrow.” says YPO member and InnovNation Co-Chair Nirit Harel, CEO at Impact Manhattan. “As a global player in entrepreneurship, R&D and innovation, Israel is a perfect setting to inspire YPO business leaders to take the next steps towards the future.”

YPO Innovation Week is a global event during which the world’s most innovative companies share their inspiration and insights. YPO Innovation Week is designed for YPO leaders who are responsible for vision, strategy, information and technology who are charged with driving innovation — across industries and sectors.

Through signature Innovation Week events, live two-way interactive video casts and livestream events, business leaders will learn how to keep pace with innovation trends on a global scale, innovate and disrupt industry practices, nurture and develop value-creating ideas across organizations and positively impact communities, industries and the world.

Additional Innovation Week signature events will be held between 7-11 May 2018 in major cities including Sydney, Australia; London, England; New York, New York, USA; Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Silicon Valley, California, USA.

For more information, visit the YPO Innovation Week website.




Angela Mers is the global PR and Media Manager at YPO and has worked for the organization since 2007. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.