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IDS 2014 – Thank You!

Wow – two days; hundreds of startups, innovators, dealmakers, and thought leaders; compelling talks on the main stage and productive networking in the halls—Israel Dealmakers Summit 2014 was an amazing success – thank you to all who joined us!

In addition to the blockbuster speaker lineup who inspired us with their passion, insight and humor, we were honored to welcome a highly-engaged group of over 1,000 global dealmakers and innovators to discuss the role of Israeli business in the global marketplace.

When the Israel Dealmakers Summit started six years ago, we couldn’t imagine what it would become – an event where the norm is challenged, the new embraced, and the unexpected celebrated. The conversations continue year round, and we are excited to see how many global partnerships will be formed as a result of the relationships developed this week in New York.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be updating this site with clips from the Summit – hopefully some great food for thought in your work as dealmakers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

For now, take a look at the photos from the event — and know that we’re already working on IDS2015!




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Social Innovation Summit 2013: To Read, To Connect, To Affirm

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Social Innovation Summit 2013: What’s Next?

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Disrupting Social Innovation

When did being disruptive go from being a bad thing to a good thing?
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Growing Food On Walls To “Vegecate” Kids? What’s Next In Social Transformation?

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Collaboration: the Fuel for Innovation

The popular image of an innovator often involves tinkerers like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak holed up in their garage or Mark Zuckerberg coding in his dorm room. While remarkable advances have been made by brilliant people exploring powerful ideas in relative isolation, a world-changing idea can come from anyone anywhere. True hotbeds of innovation develop those ideas through cooperation among talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is far more impactful for innovation to spring from collaboration and a supportive ecosystem.  Read more»

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