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Tel Aviv. London. Two very different cities with one common theme – business.
Tel Aviv has a booming economy and is the one of world’s leading tech centres and London is huge business centre, home to the stock exchange and of course, birth place of the Virgin brand.
To celebrate the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new service between Tel Aviv and London Heathrow, we’ve got 70 tickets up for grabs at our exclusive Business is an Adventure event. Hosted by Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, learn how our panel built their business from an initial idea to the huge brands they are today. We’ll also be inviting local entrepreneurs to pitch to the panel in order to secure a fantastic prize to help take their business to the next level.
Sir Richard Branson
President of Virgin Atlantic and Founder of Virgin Group
Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness.
Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands.
Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged 15, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The B Team and Ocean Unite.
Shai Weiss has been employed by Virgin Atlantic since 2012, serving as both chief financial officer and, since 2017, chief commercial officer. He was also behind a merger between NTL Telewest and Virgin Mobile to form Virgin Media, and was previously the founder of the Virgin Green Fund
Gil Shwed is Check Point's Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern Firewalland one of the world’s most experienced experts in Cyber Security. Mr Shwed holds several patents, such as the company's Stateful Inspection technology andis leading Check Point since its establishment in 1993.
Mr. Shwed has received numerous accolades for his individual achievements and industry contributions, including an honorary Doctorate of Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the World Economic Forum's ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ award, the Academyof Achievement's Golden Plate Award and the “Israel Prize” for Technology and Innovation.
Mr. Shwed is a member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Youth University of Tel Aviv University.
Ofra Strauss is an Israeli business magnate and industrialist. She is the Chairperson of the public Strauss Group which is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, second largest food product manufacturer in Israel. She was appointed to the position of chairperson in 2001, after being groomed for the job, following the retirement of her father Michael Strauss who has continued to be involved in the firm in various capacities following his formal retirement.
Avishai Abrahami is an experiencedtechnology entrepreneur and developer who has grown Wix.com from a start-up in 2006 to the world’s leading do-it-yourself web publishing platform.
Avishai and his co-founders, developed the Wix platform as aresult of their frustration with the complexities of website creation. Six years on, they’re helping tens of millions of users with no development skillsto create beautiful and professional websites.
Avishai is a true technology entrepreneur. Prior to founding Wix in 2006, Avishai led several successful start-ups as founder/senior manager, including the software company AIT, which he founded in 1994 and sold in 1997.
Dana Weiss is one of Israel’s most trusted and decorated journalists, serving as Channel 2's Chief Political Analyst and host of the "Saturday Evening News with Dana Weiss", Israel's most watched news program.
Weiss first joined Channel 2 in 1993 as the Legal Affairs Correspondent and has since covered eight national election campaigns. Weiss led a political roundtable show and current affairs magazine ('05), co-hosted the critical late-night news magazine Punch Line ('07- '08), and anchored special coverage of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza ('05), the Second Lebanon War ('07) and more recent Gaza wars ('08 and '12). Weiss covered most of Israel's major stories and is a CNN Worldwide Report contributor.
Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation Aircraft, bringsover 15 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams, in adverseconditions, to perform unique operational and technological tasks as agovernment employee.
He is a member of NASA’s On-Demand Mobility Working Group,as well as the e-Aviation Committees of the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Are you looking to take your business to the next level?
We’re offering you the opportunity to “Pitch to Rich”at our exclusive “Business is an Adventure” event in Tel Aviv on 24th October 2019.
Tel Aviv. London. Two very different cities with onecommon theme – business.
Tel Aviv has a booming economy and is the one ofworld’s leading tech centres and London is huge business centre, home to the stock exchange and of course, birthplace of the Virgin brand.
To celebrate the launch of our new service between Tel Aviv and London Heathrow, we’re offering four lucky entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to our very own Richard Branson as well as a panel of top Israeli entrepreneurs to win a very special prize package to help you to take your business to the next level.
Who is the panel?
Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic and Founder of Virgin Group
Gil Shwed, Founder and CEO of Check point
Ofra Strauss, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Strauss Group
Avishai Abrahami, Co-Founder & CEO of Wix.com
All we need you to do is….
Last call to apply - 14th October
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About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic was founded by Sir Richard Branson more than 30 years ago, after he decided the UK aviation industry needed shaking up. He wanted to make air travel exciting, stylish and enjoyable again. So Virgin Atlantic was airborne on 22nd June 1984, with the first flight from London Gatwick to Newark in the US.
Since then, Virgin Atlantic has been the long-haul airline to fall in love with. More than five million people who want to depart the everyday, and fly the amazing way, travel with them every year to some of the best destinations around the world – North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.
Pioneering is at the heart of Virgin Atlantic. The airline is always innovating, with the customer at the heart of everything they do. It was the first airline to introduce Premium Economy and a bar in every Upper Class cabin, seat back TVs and a fully flatbed seat. It was even the first to fly a commercial aircraft using only biofuels.
Step onboard and discover warm, welcoming service, award-winning entertainment, thoughtful design touches and stylish comfort for the best experience in the sky, no matter what cabin you fly.
Calcalist is a financial daily and website, part of the Yedioth Ahronoth Media Corp. – Israel's largest media group. Among others, the group publishes the highly influential and most circulated daily in the country.
Calcalist holds a strong bearing on public opinion in Israel. This has been well noted by a growing number of international luminaries that have kindly agreed to share their views and ideas with our readers. Our list of distinguished speakers from past events include CEO and President of eBay Mr. Devin Wenig, Glenn D. Fogel CEO of Booking holdings, CEO & Chairman of Cisco systems John Chambers, Nobel Laureates Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and Prof. Paul Krugman and many more.