CABGU BC presented Vancouver's first Israeli Tech Club - a hi-tech meetup group focused on connecting Israeli involved in hi tech ventures with one another and the wider community. Launched at the Segal Graduate Centre for Business on the 7th night of Hanukkah in conjunction with SFU's Beedie School of Business and the City of Surrey, VIT's first meetup featured 4 presentations of new local ventures led by Israelis living in Vancouver. More than 160 participants from all levels of the Metro Vancouver hi-tech community heard BGU Professor Amos Drory, Vice President for External Affairs and the CEO of the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech Management speak about BGU's Innovation Un-Conferences that bring together enterprising entrepreneurs in the Negev region and how the Bengis Center provides guidance, support and education to people starting up their own businesses. Close to 20 alumni of BGU were present at the event. The VIT was conceived by members of the new CABGU BC board led by President Victor Elias who were motivated to create a fresh new link between BGU of the Negev and start-ups in Vancouver led by Israelis. They also wanted to strengthen the local hi-tech eco-system by connecting people with common interests. The event was conceived and went viral in the space of a month and half. Many thanks to co-chairs Yaron Bazaz, Eran Elizur and Ronnen Tanne who took VIT viral and connected more than 180 people in the space of a month while identifying, selecting and preparing the presenters. The event was generously sponsored by Goodmans LLP, CIJA - Pacific Region and ZLC Financial Group. It was featured on the front page of the Jewish Independent and received coverage in the Israeli Consulate's weekly bulletin. A second meetup is planned with a focus on medical and bio technologies.
Find out more at meetup.com/vancouver_israeli_tech_club
Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the night a great success.