Mentors & Experts

Barak Ben-Avinoam

CEO NetZero Technology Venture

As Managing Partner - Europe & Israel at BGV, Barak is a serial entrepreneur and manager of multiple Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA) Tech Incubators. Barak's multi-faceted involvement with the IIA includes serving as former member of the IIA Investment Committee.

Prof. Yoav Yair

School of Sustainability Reichman University, IDC Herzliya UNESCO Chair for Sustainability

Prof. Yoav Yair School of Sustainability Reichman University, IDC Herzliya UNESCO Chair for Sustainability and under him hundreds of students entered the job market in the fields of sustainability and the environment.

Gil Barnea

CTO NetZero Technology Venture.

An entrepreneur with over 25 years in mechanical engineering, IT, chemistry and energy systems. Gil served as Head of the Research and Development Team in a leading government agency and he managed the Corporate Venture Capital Division.

Yael Weisz Zilberman

Leader of the climate technology field at Start-Up Nation Central

Climate Technologies Leader at Start-Up Nation Central. In this role, Yael focuses on the development of an innovative Climate Tech ecosystem in Israel and on finding solutions which are relevant to coping with the climate change challenges. Yael previously served as Manager of Global Finder Partnerships. She was also a Team Leader in the Reut Group and she set up a philanthropic foundation.

Dr. Bracha Halaf

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gravity Climate-Fund & Venture Studio

Between 2015-2018 Bracha served as the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Energy. During the last 4 years, Bracha earned her professional investment experience, as a Principal at Qure Ventures, Israel’s first exclusively focused digital health fund. Bracha also served as the public representative board member of the Israeli Electricity Authority from early 2019 until June 2022. Other roles and positions of Bracha during her public service include being a Board member of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation and the U.S.-Israel binational Industrial R&D foundation; a member of the National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology; Chairman of the Advisory Committee for 3 National Research Institutes; and a member of the Israeli Natural Gas Authority Council. Dr. Halaf holds Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and M.Sc. & B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. She also graduated from a Senior Leadership Program of the Wexner Foundation, from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a Program for directors and senior officers, from Tel Aviv University.

Naama Amir

Deal Flow Manager at NetZero Technology Ventures.

A graduate of the University of Upper Austria from the Sustainable Energy Systems program. Worked as research assistant at Fraunhofer, focused on improving perovskite-based solar cells. She has been working with NetZero for six months.

Hezy rotman

Vast experience in managing start-up companies

Managing start-up companies in different disciplines from raising capital, through strategy setting, following by execution plan, and actual successful implementation. In addition, experience in managing large scale multi disciplinary global operations. Prior to providing consulting services, Hezy was the CEO of three start ups company. “Digiflex” in functional printing space, “Real Imaging” in the medical Devices market and MolecuLED in the environmental segment. Prior to that Hezy was the MD of Kodak Israel, while in parallel Hezy was also the General Manager of $300M in revenues division of Kodak. Hezy holds BA in Mathematic and computer science (Cum laude, 1984) from Tel Aviv University, and MSM (First in Class, 1994) from Boston University

Vanessa Bartram

Managing Partner, ZORA Ventures

Vanessa Bartram is Managing Partner of ZORA Ventures, an early-stage VC backing Israeli B2B deep tech that enables the world's largest companies to operate more healthfully, sustainably and resource-efficiently. Vanessa began her career in investment banking in Mexico City with KPMG Corporate Finance, providing sell-side advisory and restructuring services to mid-market companies. She holds an MBA from Harvard, a BA from Princeton University, and is a Heritage Fellow with the Wexner Foundation.