Sunday, October 01, 2017

13-Oct-2017: Prof Sivan at the Harvard Club of HK Talk: Soar or Sink - Innovating Innovation for Hong Kong 3.0

Community Engagement Lunch Speaker Series:
Soar or Sink - Innovating Innovation for Hong Kong 3.0

Event Detail & Register:

Date & time:
October 13th, 2017 (Friday)
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Noah Holdings,
15/F, One Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place, Central

Event Fee*:
Member: HKD 180
Non-member / Guest: HKD 280

*Event fee includes a light lunch. RSVPs required as seats are limited. Registration confirmed only upon payment. Please click "Register Now" below to reserve your seat(s)!

Event Description:
“Hong Kong 3.0” represents a shift for Hong Kong's future as a global sustainable city. It builds on the transformation from its trading roots (HK 0.0) to manufacturing (HK 1.0) to services (HK 2.0). Professor Sivan believes Hong Kong needs this transformation to maintain its unique edge. Complacency is detrimental when competing with the likes of Shenzhen, South Korea, Singapore, Shanghai, and other economic centres in Asia. A specific focus must be found – and Professor Sivan believes innovation is a key direction for the future Hong Kong 3.0.

HCHK Director Philo Alto will be day chair for this event. Special thanks to Noah Holdings for their venue support.
About the Speaker: Professor Yesha Sivan
Prof. Yesha Sivan is the Executive Director of The Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University Coller School of management. He is also a visiting professor of innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School. He is also the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) - a leading think tank focusing on innovation via virtual and real worlds. Sivan's professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments (see, for example, the Harvard 9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure). He published numerous papers in the areas of strategy and IT, innovation and venture, knowledge, 3D3C virtual worlds, and standards. Sivan received his doctorate from Harvard University. He has taught EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise. His blog is
習移山教授現職特拉維夫大學管理學院的 Coller Institute of Venture 行政總裁。他同時也是香港中文大學商學院創新創業訪問教授。他是Metaverse Labs 的創辦人。Metaverse Labs 是一個專注於虛擬及真實世界的創意智庫。習教授的專業經驗包括為企業、高新科技、政府和國防環境開發及應用創新解決方案(例如:the Harvard 9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure)。他曾出版不少有關策略及資訊、創新及風險投資、知識、3D3C 虛擬世界和標準的文章。習教授在哈佛大學獲得博士學位。他曾在EMBA、MBA、工程及設計課程教授有關他專業的知識。他的博客是:

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

21-Sep-2017: Yesha to co-moderate a panel on Asia's cities part of the Global Corporate Venture - Asia event in HK

I will have the pleasure to co-moderate a roundtable on the issues of venture and cities (both on cities as a place for the venture, and the opportunities venture has with cities).

Our topics will include sustaining the region’s smartest cities – clean energy and smart grids - moderated by Yesha Sivan, Coller Institute of Venture, featuring Shelby Chen, Tsing Capital; Bennett Cohen, Shell Technology Ventures; Watanabe Tamako, Japan Research Institute

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

12..14-Sep-2017: Prof Yesha will participate at the Xin Forum in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The Tsinghua Xin Center will host its fourth annual Forum on September 13- 14, 2017.

This year’s theme focuses on health and sustainable development and explores the new approaches for the growth and challenges in the healthcare industry. The Forum has been a thriving platform to connect research institutions, enterprises, investors, high-tech incubators, and governments to achieve the ultimate goal of reforming the new business structure. Among the attendees expected are leaders of the Tsinghua University, TusPark Venture, officials from the Embassy of Israel, a delegation of TAU teachers and students, and Israeli entrepreneurs.

In addition, a TAU day will be held at the Beijing Institute of Technology on September 12, 2017.

The Coller Institute of Venture will be represented by Prof. Yesha Sivan, who is scheduled to speak on both the BIT-TAU day and the XIN Forum.

Click here to view additional information about the forum and apply for participation.

Originally posted on CIV.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

31-Jul-2017: Prof. Sivan presented "Employment Black Holes" at the JDC Clusters Forum

The JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance focuses on the top leaders of Israel – philanthropists, lay leaders, senior government officials, mayors and municipal leaders. Its vision is to bring leaders together to achieve wide, measurable, and sustainable social impact in Israel. This includes improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations and closing social gaps. One of the projects operated by the Institute is Regional Clusters — an innovative model for boosting local authorities in selected areas.
The cluster is, in essence, an advanced municipal tool created to achieve a few main goals:
  • Enhancing the quality of local services and widening the variety and availability of the services offered
  • Establishing partnerships among the local authorities in the region
  • Deepening the collaboration between the local authorities and the public sector, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
On Monday, 31-Jul-2017, the Regional Clusters forum held a special learning session focused on Regional Economic Development Worldwide, featuring Prof. Rafi Segal (MIT) and Prof. Yesha Sivan(CIV). Prof. Segal is an award-winning designer and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT. Segal’s practice engages research and design on both the architectural and urban scale with projects in Israel, Africa, and the United States. Prof. Yesha Sivan is the Executive Director of The Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University Coller School of Management — a knowledge hub focusing on research and advancement of the global venture and innovation ecosystem.
At the forum, comprised of government officials from the Israeli ministries of Interior, Finance, Economy and the Prime-Minister’s Office, in addition to municipal leaders and regional cluster players, Yesha Sivan presented our recent work, “Employment Black Holes” (co-authored with Nathan Zeldes), exploring policy measures that city leaders must take to discover their city’s unique advantages and use them to create, develop and sustain quality jobs. Rafi Segal discussed models of regional economic development employed in China, Poland, and the USA.
Originally published by the Coller Institue of Venture.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Video: Employment Black Holes: The Key to the Future of Cities

The Coller Institute of Venture (CIV) presents a video abstract of the article on cities and ventures from the new City Venture issue of Coller Venture Review – “Employment Black Holes”, namely:

How can cities and geographical areas become so compelling that they PULL IN talent, funding, and innovation, and thus constantly create and sustain jobs at the expense of the less fortunate cities? 

Watch the short preview video below, and check CIV's original post here to learn more about Employment Black Holes.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

17-19 July 2017: Prof. Sivan will be at the Human Brain Project (HBE) entrepreneurship in neuroscience workshop


17-19 July 2017
Villa Toskana, Leimen, Germany

Application deadline: 1 June 2017
Scientific Programme

This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research. Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves. The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally, they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts. The workshop is a hands-on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step...

The workshop is open to the whole student community and early post-docs upon application.

Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

For more information visit:


Dana Bar-On - Introduction and guidelines for the workshop
Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

Stephanie Bova
- Market Needs, Patient Needs
- Presentations Design - structuring, examples
- Business Model Canvas
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (Takeda), Switzerland

Eyal Bressler - Patents & IP Mini-Workshop
Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

Sona Chandra
- Merket Needs, Patient Needs
- Presentations Design - structuring, examples
- Business Model Canvas
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (Takeda), Switzerland

Hicham Naim
- Merket Needs, Patient Needs
- Presentations Design - structuring, examples
- Business Model Canvas
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (Takeda), Switzerland

Yesha Sivan - Blue Ocean Strategy for Innovation - Mini-Workshop
Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

Christian Tidona - Lab visit BioMed X Heidelberg
BioRN Network/BioMed X Innovation Center (BioMed X), Germany