G-Startup’s Tech Olympics is Back to Tel Aviv! Judges Announced

In News, Press Releases, Startup Competition by MeganL

G-Startup Worldwide, hosted by the Global Mobile Internet Conference, is kickstarting its 2017 season in Israel, culminating in the Silicon Valley pitch finals in October.

We are honored to announce an all-star lineup of world renowned VCs to judge our startup competition G-Startup Worldwide at GMIC Tel Aviv on March 22, 2017.

  • Yahal Zilka, Managing Partner, Magma VC
  • Aaron Rosenson, Partner, Aleph VC
  • Yoav Tzruya, Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners
  • Barrett Parkman, Managing Partner, GWC Innovator Fund
  • Daniel Cohen, General Partner, Carmel Ventures
  • Tal Morgenstern, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners 
  • Merav Weinryb, Head of Qualcomm Ventures Israel
  • Liat Aaronson, Partner, Marker LLC
  • Adam Benayoun, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
  • Yaniv Golan, General Partner, Lool Ventures

After its huge success last year, G-Startup Worldwide at GMIC Tel Aviv is back. G-Startup Worldwide is a startup competition where the GWC Innovator Fund invests over $1,000,000 a year into the winners.  The exclusive competition selects high potential, early-stage startups, invests in them, supports them with a global network, and enables them to change the world. Since 2010, their alumni have raised $11.6 billion and have had acquisitions by companies like Google, Amazon, Alibaba, Apple and Pinterest- easily making G-Startup the most prestigious startup program on the planet.

G-Startup has the unique ability to pull in the top vc’s around the world to be part of its selection committee as well as serve as mentors and judges.

Midas List VC, Hans Tung has been a part of GMIC and G-Startup year over year because of the “ability to pull together mobile executives, founders and investors from all around the world. And now with an early stage fund and co-investing along side seasoned VC’s in each market, it only makes sense. By doing G-Startup, a founder can learn from other founders and investors from all around the world especially relating to product and business models. Going global quickly is key to scaling faster. ”

By hosting the event within GMIC Tel Aviv 2017, the organizers leverage the cross-border opportunities with the diverse investors, thought leaders, and media who have converged in Israel’s innovation epicenter.

Last year’s Tel Aviv winner, Feelter, a startup that leverages social big data for e-commerce, won G-Startup Worldwide Global Finals 2016- beating out more than 2200 applicants. The Israeli  company has gone on to raise a $2M Series A round led by Will Graylin, Global Co-General Manager of Samsung Pay and Founder of LoopPay.

The first place winner of G-Startup Worldwide at GMIC Tel Aviv receives a $50,000 investment and a trip to Silicon Valley to compete to become the G-Startup Worldwide Global Winner for an additional $250,000 investment! The winner will also get a G-Network membership which gives them unprecedented access to a network of the most influential techies and investors around the world. All regional winners have the opportunity to go through a boot camp with Google Launchpad Accelerator.

G-Startup will be making stops in Beijing, Mexico City (April 4), Jakarta (September), Sao Paulo (September), Pebble Beach (September), and will end in Silicon Valley (October).

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Applications are now open for Tel Aviv and Beijing. All applicants will get a “Gold Pass” to the conference.


G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world to find high potential, early stage startups, invest in them, support them with a global network and enable them to change the world. The G-Startup Worldwide program invests over $1,000,000 in startups annually. G-Startup Worldwide is hosted at each Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in 2017 including Beijing, Bangalore, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Tokyo, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley. The local winners of G-Startup Worldwide at selected competitions receive investment. The winner also receives a free trip to Silicon Valley to compete to become the G-Startup Worldwide Global Winner and receive an additional $250,000 investment! All regional winners have the opportunity to go through a boot camp with Google Launchpad Accelerator.  Any eligible startup from around the world may apply.

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