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Venture Capital Breakout Sessions 

Technology commercialization is seldom a direct linear path. On the one hand, inherent to the metabolism of this activity is funding, be it forms of venture capital, self-funding, or by customers and/or licensees. Meanwhile, prevailing business environments and market profiles naturally intervene in charting an enterprise's directions. Through its two Segments, the  International CEWIT Conference Venture Capital Breakout session aims to provide information valuable to anyone managing this process.

Venture Capital Trends Session

Segment 1 is the international Venture Capital Trends Panel. This distinguished Panel is composed of lead investors (alphabetically)   from India, Israel, the UK, and USA. Discussion will focus on what is influencing the flow of venture capital now as to its directions and relative quantities. CEWIT Conference attendees will be invited to submit their questions.


  • Michael Lane
    Director Long Island Capital Alliance Expertise & Interests  Mr. Lane's experience and counsel are frequently sought to advise on the challenges relating to business start-ups, funding and capitalization, operations, sales and marketing, leadership, and other organizational opportunities.
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  • Stav Erez
    Partner Labs/02 Expertise & Interests  Ms. Erez is the co-founded SifTech, the first entrepreneurship center and accelerator program in greater Jerusalem and also founded Jnext.
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  • Neil Callahan
    Co-Founder and Managing Director Pilot Growth Equity Expertise & Interest  Mr. Callahan has advised many of the world’s leading technology companies on strategy, product management, sales & marketing, infrastructure and operations. Neil serves on the boards of Bizzabo, CB Insights, Perthera, r4 Technologies and Velocidi Counsyl, Metabiota and Webgility.  
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  • Rajan Luthra
    Head of Special Projects  Reliance Industries Expertise & Interest Mr. Luthra is deeply engaged with the global innovation and start-up ecosystems. He represents RIL on the Investment Committee of Labs/02, an Israel Innovation Authority sponsored incubator for frontier-technologies in Jerusalem.  
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Funded Company Update Session

The Funded Company Update Session is a series of Update Presentations by growing early phase companies representing a spectrum of external funding cases from the minimal through Series B. Their presentations will provide examples of how to put investment funding to productive use, how to apply sound business judgment to skillful adaptation to changing market conditions, and will stand out as examples of exciting technologies. Time permitting, CEWIT Conference attendees will be invited to submit their questions


  • Sylvan Schefler
    Vice Chairman and Investment Banker  Tiger Financial Partners  Expertise & Interests Mr. Schefler has over forty years’ experience in all aspects of investment banking. 
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  • Rana Gujral
    CEO Behavioral Signals Expertise & Interests  Mr. Gujral is listed in Inc. as a "Top AI Entrepreneur to Watch" and in HuffPo as a "Top Entrepreneur to Follow in 2017".
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  • Mike Noonen
    CEO MixComm Expertise & Interests Mr. Noonen has led multiple turnarounds and advised numerous companies such as Ambiq Micro, SiFive, Silego, Mythic, and Rambus.
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  • Dan Slagen
    CMO  ClimaCell Expertise & Interests  Mr. Slagen has been featured in The New York Times, WSJ, Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and a 4 time start-up executive specializing in scaling global go-to-market functions.
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  • Jack Tawil
     CEO Medpod Expertise & Interests  Mr. Tawil founded Swatch Express in 1990, and subsequently created Suisse American, a multi-national corporation with offices in Zurich, London, and New York.
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