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About the Competition

The image and video processing and computer vision community in Israel is a world leader in these areas with a significant presence in the academy and industry, including startup companies. The IMVC conference is a unique opportunity for young companies that develop vision technologies to get exposure to local and foreign investors that operate in Israel and to large local and international companies.

Last year we organized the startup competition for the first time in the IMVC, which turned out to be a great success and attracted a lot of attention. Each startup representative has presented his/her company in front of the judging panel and the track audiences, followed by a short Q&A session. The winning startup was announced at the keynote session at the end of the day. 


The promising startup competition in Vision offers young companies
a unique opportunity to present their technology in the leading vision conference in Israel 


We are looking for exciting young startups with innovative technology in the field of computer vision to join the startup competition this year. 

Participating in the startup competition can be an exciting opportunity for you to be exposed to the computer vision community in Israel, and to the major stakeholders active in this field.  

The first stage of the IMVC startup competition qualification process consists of initial screening done by the IMVC organizers and the startup competition judges:

The leading companies will participate in the startup competition track during IMVC 2015.
We will then announce the most promising start up in the field for 2015!

If this is of interest for you, we kindly ask you to submit the following information: 

  1. Company stage and position 
  2. Profile (biography) of founders 
  3. Short description of the company's technology and innovation 
  4. Expected impact of the technology developed

Dr. Jacob Cohen  | 
Dr. Chen Sagiv  | 


Startup competition judges:

Uri Arazy
Director, Intel Capital Israel


Uri represents Intel on the boards of Aternity, Fortscale, Gigaspaces, Interlude, Jordan Valley, Panorama Software and ReduxIO, as well as IATI (Israel Advanced Technologies Industries association). He managed the investments and exits in Anobit (acq Apple); Omek Interactive (Intel); Riverhead (Cisco); Passave (PMC Sierra); Topio (NetApp); and Aeroscout (Stanley Black & Decker). Prior to Intel Capital, he led Intel Israel IT, Intel's Corporate Engineering Computing, and was part of the Fab 8 startup team, where he managed the Automation, Supply Line and Strategic Planning Departments. Prior to Intel, he was Network Specialist with HP and Programmer/Analyst in the Israel Defense Forces.

Ori Bendori
General Partner, Carmel Ventures


Ori joined Carmel Ventures in October 2004 as a General Partner, with over 25 years of management leadership in the Hi-Tech industry. He is focusing primarily on investments in the areas of Communications, Infrastructure, Semiconductors and Energy. Ori served as a board member of CopperGate that was acquired by Sigma Designs for $180M in 2009. He was also the first investor and board member of DesignArt Networks that was acquired by Qualcomm in 2012. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Optimal Plus, Reduxio, LiveU, Adapteva and MultiPhy. 

Prior to joining Carmel Ori served as a VP & General Manager of the Enterprise Internetworking Systems Division at Avaya. Prior to this role he served as VP & General Manager of the LAN Systems Group at Lucent and before that as CTO of Lannet. He began his career in the Israeli Aircraft Industries. 
Ori served as a Major and Fighter Pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 19 years.

Amir Fridman
Director Corporate Business Development, SanDisk Corporation


Amir Fridman leads SanDisk corporate business development and venture's investment opportunities in Europe and Israel. Previously, he was director of OEM strategic marketing and Mobile BU product management. Fridman joined SanDisk in November 2006 through the acquisition of msystems Ltd.  Fridman earned his Bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Bar Ilan University and MBA from Tel Aviv University.


Mony Hassid
Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures


Bringing over twenty years of working experience in R&D, Engineering, Advanced Technologies, Business Development, Corporate Ventures Capital Investments and Corporate M&A. 

Current role - Managing Director - Qualcomm Ventures 

The current portfolio includes Wilocity, Magisto, PanoramicPower, Corrigon, TabTale, Silu, Pontis and Mantis Vision. 

M.Sc Electrical Engineering with Cum Laude - Tel Aviv university 
MBA with Cum Laude - Tel Aviv university 

- Specialties: Areas of expertise - New Media, Mobile Internet, Cloud Services, Cellular and Wireless, Digital Home, Infrastructure (Cables, Telcos, Cellular), Enterprise Mobility and Semiconductor. 
- Scorecard - Built the Israel office of Motorola Ventures from scratch in 2004 and invested in 16 startups in 8 years with an outstanding ROI (5 exits of 9 digits) and a meaningful synergy & strategic gain for Motorola. Probably, the most active and appreciated strategic investor in Israel at that period. 
Exits up-to-date includes Onavo (acquired by facebook; 2013) Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom; 2012), Amobee (acquired by Singtel; 2012), Designartnetworks (acquired by Qualcomm; 2012), Worldmate (acquired by CWT; 2010), Coppergate (acquired by SigmaDesign; 2009), Lumus and MobilEye. 
- IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries) board member

Eden Shochat
Partner, Aleph


Eden Shochat is an equal partner at Aleph, a $150 million venture capital fund focused on serving Israeli entrepreneurs who want to build big, scalable, global businesses.

Prior to founding Aleph, Shochat was a general partner at Genesis where he focused on seed-stage investments, was a co-founder of, the world leader in massive, web-scale face recognition in social networks, recently acquired by facebook and co-founded and was the CTO of Aternity, where he led the strategic product direction for its dominant user-experience monitoring platform.

Entrepreneurship is a passion for Eden, who started The Junction that was voted as the #1 startup program in Israel, is one of the organizers of the annual Geekcon geeks conference and teaches at the IDC (Herzeliya interdisciplinary center) Zell entrepreneurship program.












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