Organized by Cukierman & Co. and Catalyst Fund, GoforIsrael (previously known as GoforEurope) has been one of the most influential business conferences in Israel for over 20 years. The Conference addresses current issues in fundraising and establishes strategic alliances globally between Israeli companies, businesses and financial institutions. It brings together an increasing number of investors, participants and organizations.
GoforIsrael 2016 was a huge success for Israeli High-Tech in China – more than 2800 participants attended the conference, among them 1500 high quality investors. The Israeli Investment Conference of Catalyst Fund and Cukierman Investment House was organized for the first time in 15 years outside the borders of Israel. Instead of bringing Chinese investors to Tel Aviv, we led a group of over 100 Israeli Startups and Israeli high tech companies to China.
The highlight of the conference was the 1,050 one on one meetings between Israeli entrepreneurs and hundreds of Chinese investors including Alibaba executives, Tencent, Baidu, Lenovo, and many funds, competing for their time and meetings with directors of Israeli companies.
At the Shanghai conference there were 1700 participants, including 1000 Chinese investors, 750 one-on-one meetings between Israeli companies and Chinese investors, double the number of meetings planned. At the Conference in Wuhan, there were about 1180 participants which included over 500 Chinese investors and over 300 1:1 meetings.
The Israeli companies that appeared before the Chinese investors were well-established high-tech companies alongside young startups, all of them received tremendous interest; to name just a few of those present: Zerto, XJet, WeWork, Tufin, ReWalk, Kaminario and Mobileye.
In previous years, our conference has welcomed several Heads of State, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sponsors came from leading investment and technology firms in Israel and China. CEO’s, CFO’s, Directors, Managers and other key Executives from the following reowned companies participated in this conference: Catalyst CEL, Cukierman Yafo Investement, China Everbright Limited, Nanfung Group, Changzhou Innovation Park, Lamina & Catalyst Fund Partner, BGV Fund, Hang Lung Properties, AgriCapital Corporation, X-jet 3D, Lenovo, Head Sense, Orbimed, Rainbow, Curalife, HeraMed, Gal Medics, KPMG, Nefatim and Ratio.
After last years big success, our next events will take place in Israel and China in 2018, where some of the major participants will include managers from Chinese publicly traded companies, VC and PE Funds, conglomerates, family offices, financial institutions and innovative Israeli technology companies.