Meet The Mentors

Erica Huang

Business Development & Finance

CEO at TechCode

Erica has 16 years’ experience in investment services and market, industry promotion, management and operational experience of science and technology parks and business incubators service platforms. She has deep knowledge of domestic and foreign incubator operations and has helped 50 enterprises raise 350 million equity financing and 150 million in loans in 6 years. A Co-founder of Shanghai Entrepreneurs Cradle Plan, Erica won the first Pudong Economic Figures of the Year Award (2013) and is a Member of the Business Advisory Council of Silicon Valley.

David Maman

Fintech & Hardware

Founder, CEO and CTO of Unicorn Cyber

Maman has over 23 years experience in Information and Cyber security, Development, Networking, complex architecture design and problem solving. A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded a number of start-up companies, including Hexaier, Teridion, Xplenty, GreenCloud, Vanadium-Soft, Preacos, and others. Named one of the Top-40 Israeli Internet Startup Professionals by TheMarker Magazine. and recently named as Top 40 under 40 most promising Israeli business professionals by Globes Magazine. Maman is a veteran from an elite technology unit of the IDF.

Dr. Ilan Cohn


Senior Partner at Reinhold Cohn group

Dr. Ilan Cohn, has decades of experience in the field of patents and other intellectual property fields. Ilan manages the Life Science and Chemistry Department of Reinhold Cohn & Partners. His experience encompasses many technology disciplines from industrial, medical, and diagnostic biotechnology including drug development, molecular biology to nanotechnology, genomics as well as agricultural products. Dr. Cohn has advised numerous entrepreneurs and corporates on how to map out their IP to build a strategic asset and remains a member of the Board of Directors for some of these.

Vered Horesh

Legal & Finance

Partner at Shibolet Law Firm

Vered has extensive experience in the formation of venture capital funds and in representing VC Funds’ investment activities in portfolio companies. She has represented multiple US Corporations and Funds in their investments and M&A transactions in Israel. Vered’s expertise include advising on highly sensitive privacy issues including aspects relating to internet and e-commerce law; complex licensing matters for online gambling technologies; corporate and commercial law, M&A and corporate financing transactions. Vered’s clients include entrepreneurs, angel investors and VC Funds, as well as Hi-Tech sector clients at various stages: from start-up and inception to exit.

Koby Simana

Finance & Funding

CEO at IVC Research Center

Koby supervised IVC’s close partnerships with Israeli VC funds, business partners in Europe and the US, coupled with managing production and sales of the IVC Yearbook. Prior to joining IVC, Koby was a senior analyst and consultant to Israel's Minister of Housing, Natan Sharansky, under the auspices of a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies. Koby holds an MBA with a major in Finance from Bar Ilan University and a BA in Economics and Communications from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Ofer Sharon

Medical & Big Data

Co-Founder & President at Valera Health

Dr. Sharon is a physician-entrepreneur with passion for innovation and creativity. He holds significant healthcare industry experience from pre-clinical to clinical and commercial product development. Recently, Dr Sharon was the medical director for Merck Israel, leading the establishment of a big-data research center in Israel. He served as the local scout for early stage Startups and participated in shaping the Merck’s digital health strategy. Dr. Sharon has held various executive positions in Israeli medical device startups, leading clinical development, from the laboratory to FDA clearance to commercial launch in Europe-US. Today, Ofer is the founder and president of a digital health start up focusing on mental health, operating in Israel and the USA.

Rani Shifron

Medical Device & Digital Healthcare

Founder at Healthier Globe; Co-Founder ApexMD International

Rani Shifron, BScEE, MBA is an Internationally recognized medical device & digital healthcare marketing expert & leader.Mr. Shifron is currently the Founder and CEO of Healthier Globe and has helped bring dozens of products to market successfully as well as created a vast global network of distributors, OEM partners & medical device specialists, helping clients build effective distribution channels & turning innovative technologies into market successes. He is has extensive international experience with start-ups, mid-size & large multinational medical device organizations: Capital Equipment, Disposables, Accessories & the Service business. A co-founder of ApexMD International (Investment platform for Israeli Biomed Companies).

Barak Azmon, MD

MedTech Accelerator

Partner at Accutive Medical Venture

Dr. Barak Azmon is a serial entrepreneur specializing in the health care and specifically the ophthalmic market. He has founded and managed several companies in this field, among them Notal Vision, MGT, Pres-By V6 and others. Dr. Azmon is also a partner at Accutive medical Venture, an Atlanta based Health care VC.

Illi Edry

Storytelling & Strategy

Founder & CEO at Exitory

Illi Edry is a seasoned executive consultant with extraordinary practical experience in Innovation, Entrepreneurship-hubs, Startup Marketing, Global Business and Venture Investment. Today, as the founder & CEO of Exitory, a corporate storytelling & hi-tech strategy agency, he is optimising his versatile background, as a Venture Capitalist, a VP in multinational corporates, a three-time Startup CEO, an international TV Exec and a senior-management Mentor to offer Startups strategic insights on their product proposition. He has a hands-on approach to helping Entrepreneurs understand an investor’s due diligence mindset and seeks to highlight potential risks in the company’s story to deliver a high impact pitch and presentation.

Guy Vinograd

Medtech Accelerator

CEO at Softimize

Guy Vinograd is a seasoned High-Tech executive and an expert software architect for Medical IoT clouds. As an industry leader he is a popular speaker and the organizer of the Smart IoT Product Experts of Israel meetup group. He has co-founded Softimize, the first and leading IoT cloud-mobile-web provider for OEMs in Israel, with special focus on Medical IoT. Guy specializes in developing cloud-based SaaS products for millions of users interacting with millions of devices and sensors with soft real-time latencies. He's considered a leading expert of Amazon Web Services and a creator of best practices for efficient development using Java in the cloud.

Adi Ickowicz

Medtech Accelerator

Founder and CEO of MedicSense Ltd

Adi Ickowicz BSc, ME is the a Founder and CEO of MedicSense Ltd., a Clinical and Regulatory Affairs consultancy firm that specializes in assisting companies to navigate through the international clinical and regulatory maze. With more than twenty five years of experience, Adi Ickowicz specializes in developing company-tailored clinical and regulatory strategies, and has helped many companies meet technical and regulatory demands for their products, guiding them through specific technological requirements and best practices for the collection of clinical data. His previous experience includes managing clinical and regulatory affairs departments in both well-established and start-up companies. Until 2012 and for the last four years Adi Ickowicz was a lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Tel Aviv. MedicSense has offices in Israel, USA and Belgium.

Amir Shiner

Medtech Accelerator

VP Medical Devices Development, Aran R&D

Amir Shiner, has joined Aran R&D (TASE: Aran) in 2014 as VP Medical Devices to establish and develop its evolving Medical Device division. Amir is a savvy executive and manager with more than 20 years of experience in product development and brining innovative medical technologies to the global markets. Previously the CEO of BioProtect, EnzySurge and MTRE, Amir has led startup companies from inception through the various stages of product development to the markets. With hands-on knowhow across various fields, Amir has raised funds, formulated strategy and go-to-market plans, as well as recruited and managed multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, scientists, engineers and business executives.