Thursday, December 22, 2016

26-Jan-2017: Prof. Sivan to Deliver a Keynote at IPEM 2017

IPEM 2017

26-Jan-2017 at 9:30am @ Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Structured as a marketplace to foster business opportunities between private and institutional investors, investment funds, service providers and business owners seeking to support their company’s development, the International Private Equity Market (IPEM) is the worlds’ biggest Private Equity tradeshow to gather the whole value chain of the PE Industry. This year, IPEM will take place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (France), between January 25-27, 2017.


Prof. Yesha Sivan, CIV Executive Director, will deliver a keynote on tech investments at the Entrepreneurs forum of IPEM, discussing recent trends in tech investments, investment opportunities, and learnings from the Israeli tech miracle. The talk will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:30am.

IPEM is the only Private Equity market in Europe, and the second largest PE-Event in Europe, with 1200 participants from 35 countries. This year’s program will focus on technology, with panels and leading companies represented from the fields of FinTech, FoodTech and Big Data.

If you would like to explore CIV and learn more about our activities – meet Yesha at IPEM.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Digital Mindfulness talks Mindful Innovation with Yesha Sivan

In this episode, Lawrence Ampofo speaks with Professor Yesha Sivan, Founder of i8 Ventures, and a visiting Professor of innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School.

Digital Mindfulness podcast #56.

In this episode, we talk in depth about the role mindfulness plays in a world that is under constant digital disruption, and under intense pressure to adapt to that shifting landscape. Yesha will go through what it takes to overcome the challenges of ‘technostress’ and how we can all thrive in this connected age.

What You Will Learn In This Episode
  • How mindful devices can improve our working lives
  • The fast, messy and global nature of business increases our stress
  • Why mindfulness is the best quality to possess in the digital age

Established in 2013, Digital Mindfulness is an independent think tank located in London.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jerusalem Post article: about De-know-polization by Prof. Yesha Sivan

Let us begin with a fundamental observation of the “de-monopolization” of knowledge, a.k.a. "de-know-polization." Until the end of the 20th century, universities were the societal leaders in the creation, transfer and usage of knowledge. Today, however, this historical role is fundamentally changing.

Most universities are no longer the best place to do research and teach. Their societal service as hubs of knowledge and innovation can be done more effectively elsewhere. What used to be their natural monopoly is currently under attack.

De-know-polization is both a cause for and a response to the disruption of this old monopoly, rising from globalization and digitization. As de-know-polization reveals itself, university leaders will need to take actions, and justify these actions to their public and private funders, including students paying tuition and taxpayers.

Taxpayers will ask how does university research affect our quality of life? Why do we need to fund professors' travel and publishing papers that have little relevance to our society? On the other hand, students, their parents, and other funders of education will ask where is the best place to learn? Who gives the best value for the investment?

Where is the best place to do research in computer science? The answer is probably Google, Facebook, Microsoft or IBM. The livelihood of such firms depends on new products and services that stem from their research. Their researchers do not have to teach; they usually have the needed resources of time, money and equipment – and they have business managers that push for value. Private firms, or dedicated research organizations, seem like a better answer than the usual university faculty-driven research or labs.

Most university teaching is akin to horses in the ages of cars. An extra-terrestrial observer will wonder why we keep putting people into the same lackluster context of ineffectiveness potentially causing torture by boredom. The classical model of several students listening to a lecture in the same room is tired, often resulting in only a quarter of students listening, a quarter spending their time on Facebook or Tinder, a quarter sleeping or dreaming based on the previous apps, and the rest are not even in class. Online education, including massive open online courses, is but a small step in the right direction.

Universities that will continue with “older” teaching methods and not embrace the new tools will not be able to justify their funding.

Moreover, assuming that we need to fund teaching – shouldn’t we fund it in the best place possible? Could not-for-profits provide a better social service than researchers that also need to teach? Why invest in a ‘jack of all trades’ rather than a ‘master of one’?

What about societal service? We cannot anymore justify the public investment in universities in the age of globalization and digitization. Capital and people are flowing to the best place for their goals. There is much less reason to be near a university anymore, and funding a university with the hope of getting good jobs and firms only diverts resources from other, more effective policy actions – like lower tax with direct impact on business, or enhancing quality of life, itself a pull for economic growth.

Our message to university leaders and policy-makers, further elaborated in the recent issue of Coller Venture Review is to be aware of the various threats and opportunities, particularly when it comes to the evolving role of universities within the evolving venture ecosystem. Don't think business is as usual – seek new models for research, teaching and service. A plan of no action will lead to an inevitable demise. Business as usual now means no business at all in the future. Better you lead the change, than let the change lead you.

Prof. Yesha Sivan is an Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University. Coller Institute is a member of IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries)

Monday, October 10, 2016

9..10-Nov-2016: Prof. Sivan talk at the EBRD conference in Budapest: Reinvigorating Growth, Competitiveness and Investment

EBRD conference: Reinvigorating Growth, Competitiveness and Investment - The EU from the Baltics, through Central Europe, to the Mediterranean

When:  09 - 10 Nov 2016
Where: Budapest, Hungary

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is organising a conference in Budapest on 9-10 November 2016 with the support of the Hungarian government on how to reinvigorate growth and investment in the EU member states where the Bank invests.

Opening addresses by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti will be followed by a high-level panel discussion moderated by Simeon Djankov, former Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. His guest speakers will include Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria. Four separate discussion panels will follow – on finance, infrastructure, innovation and productivity, and the green economy.

Prof. Sivan's talk is on the panel: Innovation and Productivity Growth

Long-term economic growth depends crucially on the innovative capacity of economies. In countries close to the technological frontier, innovation mostly takes the form of firms inventing new products and technologies. In countries further from the frontier, firms can catch up by simply adopting and adapting technologies that have been developed elsewhere. This session will discuss how EU countries can reignite growth by fostering both frontier and adaptive innovation. A special emphasis will be placed on the role that governments should play. Are they passive facilitators or is there room for a more active involvement? And if so, which conditions need for these more pro-active (industrial) policies to pay off?


  • Vince Cable, former UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and Member of Parliament
  • Chiara Criscuolo, Head, Structural Policy Division, Science, Technology & Industry Directorate, OECD
  • Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director, The Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University; founder of Metaverse Labs

The conference will conclude with a joint session on “Growth and Inclusion”, chaired by incoming EBRD Chief Economist Sergei Guriev.

The event will bring together senior representatives from governments, international institutions, the business community and academia from the region and beyond.

The conference will provide important insights into developments in the region as well as opportunities for high-profile meetings and networking.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

23..24-Oct-2016: Prof. Sivan to keynote on Innovation in IKMAP conference (Japan 2016)

Prof. Yesha Sivan will participate as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP 2016).

Follow IKMAP website here for further updates, information and registration.


This international KM conference started in 2004 (KMAP), has now been renamed as “International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP)” to include the important element of “innovation management”.

This year’s conference is co-organized by Japan Intellectual Capital Management Association (Japan) and the Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre (KMIRC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), and will be held in Kobe, an important port city and also one of the most attractive cities in Japan.

The conference aims to:

  • provide a cross-cultural platform for the Knowledge Management practitioners and academics in Asia to network with their counterparts in the West and vice versa.
  • discuss the topics of mutual interests and navigate together the next generation of Knowledge and Innovation Management.
  • enhance international networking and collaborations

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

23-Aug-2016: Prof. Sivan talk on HK Innovation for the Market Research Society

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Market Research Society of Hong Kong will be holding its next event on Tuesday 23rd August from 6pm to 8pm in Causeway Bay.

At this event, we have great pleasure in inviting an international speaker to Hong Kong on the subject of Innovating in Hong Kong by Professor Yesha Sivan.

With the Hong Kong society as the backdrop, Yesha will talk about some of the trends that innovate innovation and how Hong Kong can benefit from these with what he calls "Hong Kong 3.0". In his presentation, he will show that innovation is more than ideas; it is the realization of these ideas into solutions that create value (for various stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Partners, Shareholders and the like).

Professor Yesha Sivan is the executive director of the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management and a visiting professor of innovation & venture at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is looking at leadership of innovation as well as working with the local Hong Kong venture ecosystem.

He is also the founder of the Metaverse Labs (MVL), a leading think tank focusing on innovation via virtual and the real world.

The event is open to all Market Researchers and their interested guests. MRSHK members are free of charge; while there will be a fee of HK$ 180 for non-members (fully deductible from membership fees when signing up for the MRSHK membership 2016-2017).

The presentation will be followed by networking drinks hosted by the MRSHK Committee and ESOMAR. The address for this event is:

Manchester Business School | East Asia International Centre
1203 The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue. Causeway Bay. Hong Kong
(T) +852 2588 5013

The reception starts at 6pm and the speaker session starts at 6.30pm. To help us with planning the numbers for this event, please RSVP to the Secretary for Membership Relations Mr. Chee Ngai Ng ( before latest 2pm Friday 19th August.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Yours Sincerely,
Chris Farquhar
Chairman MRSHK

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

29-June-2016: Public HK 3.0 Talk - The Leadership Needed for Hong Kong 3.0

“HK3.0” represents another economic focus for HK: It continues the transformation from trading (HK 0.0) to manufacturing (HK 1.0) to services (HK 2.0). My claim is simple, Hong Kong needs another transformation to maintain its unique edge as a global quality city. Complacency is detrimental when competing with the likes of Shenzhen, South Korea, Singapore, Shanghai, and other players. A specific direction must be found – I believe “innovation” is the next economic focus (HK 3.0).

In this Forum, Prof. Sivan will share his insights about the key aspects of HK 3.0, followed by a discussion focusing on the leadership HK 3.0 calls for.

Attend the forum to learn how the EMIL programme can escalate your career with our distinguished professors, speakers and students.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

More details here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

25-May-2016 (Hong Kong): MaB Workshop (Mindfulness and Business)

The purpose of the MaB workshop is to allow reflective practitioners of mindfulness to share issues (and specifically questions) they have encountered during their research/training/practice of mindfulness in the organizational settings. The mood is “open and managed sharing.”  We assume relevant partnerships will naturally emerge between like-minded people.

0900-1000 Meet and connect
1000-1015 Open: Prof. Yesha Sivan – The Gist of the Day
1015-1045 Morning Meditation
1100-1145 S1: Dr. Helen Chan – Research framework for testing of mindfulness on organizational innovation.
1145-1230 S2: Dr. Keren Tsuk – Introduction to MBIL: Mindfulness based innovation leadership
1230-1300 D1: Discussion session
1300-1400 Mindfulness Lunch
1400-1445 S3: Prof. Yesha Sivan – Lessons from Muse  
1445-1530 S4: Dr. Roy Horan – Creativity
1530-1615 S5: Mr. Ernest Ng – Mindfulness and sustainable decision making
1615-1700 S6: Ms. Martha Collard - Mindfulness@work & gong session
1700-1800 D2: Discussion session
1800-1900 Relaxation and emailing time
1900-           Dinner (optional)

Invites: Limited seating, by invitation. If interested – and can commit for the day – please email Dr. Helen Chan.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Let’s Design HK 3.0

On April 22, 2016, “South China Morning Post“, Hong-Kong’s leading daily newspaper, has published an op-ed by Yesha Sivan, CIV Executive Director, discussing the paths Hong-Kong shall follow to transform yet again and remain a leading global city in the 21-st century. In his piece titled “Let’s Design HK 3.0“, Yesha discusses the importance of design and leadership in shaping the future of Hong-Kong.  

Let’s design HK 3.0

Lessons from Zaha Hadid’s Innovation Tower: courage and commitment

Prof. Yesha Sivan, visiting professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s school of design

The passing of maverick architect Zaha Hadid echoes a special link to Hong Kong in the form of one of her seminal designs: a fluid, ship-like building inside the campus of Polytechnic University (PolyU). Home to the school of design, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a paragon example to what I call “Let’s design HK 3.0”.

Let me explicate by unpacking these three terms.

“HK3.0” represents another economic focus for Hong Kong: it continues the transformation from trading (HK 0.0) to manufacturing (HK 1.0) to services (HK 2.0). My claim is simple. Hong Kong needs another transformation to maintain its unique edge as a global quality city. Complacency is detrimental when competing with the likes of Shenzhen, South Korea, Singapore, Shanghai, and other players. A specific direction must be found – I believe “innovation” is the next economic focus (HK 3.0).

By the 1990s, Hong Kong’s leaders felt that local entrepreneurs needed to compete more in the global market. To bolster the innovation ecosystem, they launched a few programmes including support for early-stage funding and innovation hubs (Cyberport and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation).

Even though some people may think the government is doing too much, in fact it is too little for the 21st century competitive landscape. Just giving space, or money, is not enough. In the age of globalisation and digitalisation, locale must offer much more. DJI, the drone global leader, rumoured to be worth US$10 billion, was founded by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology graduate Frank Wang in 2006, and moved to Shenzhen soon after. DJI has 3,000 employees – many of them could have been based in Hong Kong. DJI demonstrates the duality of government-led innovation. We see, in the DJI case, both the potential (of ideas created in Hong Kong), and the missed potential (of innovation departing Hong Kong for “better” places). To enjoy the long-term impact of innovation in Hong Kong, and to justify the public investment in innovation (in universities, industrial parks and other policies) we must design the entire innovation value chain for one purpose: quality jobs that stay in Hong Kong for the long run.

“Design” hints a focused directed effort, and not as a side – nice to have – tangent action. Design is about making choices. Design starts from understanding the past and present, and then setting the future. Design – as a discipline – is not just about how things work and feel. It is about how things could and should work and feel. Design is about proposing more attractive solutions to existing realities.

Design, in this innovation context, is anti-laissez-faire. The role of government is to take chances; to bet on certain domains, and to push, entice, and encourage innovation based on the unique factors of Hong Kong.

A leading government does not mean spreading the bets, or fixing the markets – it means betting on winning domains in a big way. It also means making sure the benefits of such bets come back to the public for quality of life and further investment (and for offsetting the failures of some of these big bets).

“Let’s” means that government should lead by working with the private sector. The motivation, speed, and flexibility of the private sector – even competing players in the same domain – work best following the direction set by government. The visible hand of the government should lead the invisible hand of the private sector.

Even more, “let’s” is really “let + us.” The leader should let the “us” – namely the community or the crowd – become a part of designed innovation. Modern technology like Wiki, Airbnb, and Waze demonstrate how the “us” become a critical part of the equation. Often modern innovation lies in opening up or unleashing the creative potential of the community at many levels. For example, in our own research work, we strive to bring together community business leaders to co-create customised innovation tools for larger and smaller enterprises.

Architecting such an innovation ecosystem by a government is complex and, frankly, still an open question. Can Hong Kong build the government systems and structures that can take the longer view? That, on the one hand, will not be subject to political pressures of four- or five-year terms, or ephemeral Weibo/WhatsApp politics; and, on the other hand, will overcome fossilisation of regimes.

The answer lies in the right combination of visionary public leadership and strong public institutions that enable such leadership, as well as protect from it, to facilitate longer-term locale value creation. This is the art of visionary public leadership.

zahahadid“Let’s design HK 3.0” has some examples already. Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower demonstrates such visionary leadership. In the 2000s several Hong Kong leaders focused on one asset – established in the 1960s, PolyU’s design school decided to morph it into an international player by committing the funds, and then commissioning out-of-the-box thinker Hadid, to build “a beacon structure symbolising and driving the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia”. This icon demonstrates two key HK 3.0 traits – courage to choose a domain (“design research and education”) and commitment to focus in the form of time, attention, and money (about HK$250 million courtesy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club). I’m positive that this courageous and committed decision will have direct impact on the quality of life in Hong Kong for decades to come.

Other obvious domains like smart city, health care, internet of things, and financial technology, as well as less obvious domains such as micro-robotics, mindfulness, tourism, and education technology – have the potential to be HK 3.0 domains that, in turn, can propel Hong Kong, China, and the world, to continuous upping of quality of living.

The key is visionary leadership with the courage to choose domains and commitment to focus on these domains. Now, Let’s design HK 3.0.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

17-April-2016: The Venture Ecosystem @ EU Human Brain Project Course

On April 17, 2016, Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture, will speak about the entrepreneurial mindset. The Venture Ecosystem.

The lecture will be held at the Sherman 03 hall on Sunday, 17/04/16, at 16:15-18:00.

The lecture is open to the interested public, but advance registration is required.

The lecture, part of the course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Neuroscience held jointly with the EU Human Brain Project, will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in academia and the first steps of transferring research insights to viable businesses. Prof. Sivan will address the following questions, among others:

  • What is entrepreneurship? Can it be taught and learned?
  • Why should students in areas such as Engineering, Life Sciences, and Medicine study entrepreneurship? How can it help you in their day-to-day research?
  • What new models for entrepreneurship in academia and outside it are successful – or not so successful?

Monday, March 14, 2016

13-Apr-2016: The Digital Summit - annual convention of the Israel Chamber of Information Systems Analysts

(English after the Hebrew)

הכנס השנתי של הלשכה לטכנולוגיות המידע בישראל - הפיסגה הדיגיטלית 2016: מאסטרטגיה ליישום.

יום רביעי, 13 באפריל 2016,
08:00 - 17:00
"אבניו", קרית שדה התעופה בן-גוריון

המסלולים יתחילו בשעה 11:30.
  • יזמות וחדשנות - בראשות פרופ' ישע סיון
  • אתגרים דיגיטליים - בראשות אורי בן ארי
  • חזון דיגיטלי לחברות גדולות - בראשות עודד כהן
  • מתודולוגיות וחדשנות

פרטים נוספים באתר המגזין אנשים ומחשבים

The Israel Chamber of Information Systems Analysts Annual convention will hold its annual convention The Digital Summit 2016: From Strategy to Implementation.

Date: Wednesday April 13, 2016
Time: 08:00 - 17:00
Place: Avenue, Airport City, Ben Gurion Airport
  1. Innovation and venture - Head: Prof. Yesha Sivan
  2. Digital challenges - Head: Uri Ben Ari
  3. Technological vision for large organizations - Head: Oded Cohen, IBM
  4. Methodologies and innovation

More details (in Hebrew) can be found on PC magazine website.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

2016 Book: Handbook on 3D3C Platforms by Prof. Yesha Sivan (Ed.)

1st ed. 2016, XXVIII, 507 p. 297 illustrations in color
Y. Sivan (Ed.)
Handbook on 3D3C Platforms
Applications and Tools for Three Dimensional Systems for Community, Creation and Commerce

Series: Progress in IS
  • Provides a single, comprehensive resource on the emerging phenomenon of 3D3C worlds
  • Includes an introductory chapter on the history of the field
  • Offers insight on the variety of applications and future research directions
  • Includes a sample visual Appendix on one Kind of 3D3C world
This book presents 3D3C platforms – three-dimensional systems for community, creation
and commerce. It discusses tools including bots in social networks, team creativity,
privacy, and virtual currencies & micropayments as well as their applications in areas like
healthcare, energy, collaboration, and art. More than 20 authors from 10 countries share
their experiences, research findings and perspectives, offering a comprehensive resource
on the emerging field of 3D3C worlds. The book is designed for both the novice and the
expert as a way to unleash the emerging opportunities in 3D3C worlds.

This Handbook maps with breadth and insight the exciting frontier of building virtual worlds
with digital technologies.
David Perkins, Research Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

This book is from one of the most adventurous and energetic persons I have ever met. Yesha
takes us into new undiscovered spaces and provides insight into phenomena of social
interaction and immersive experiences that transform our lives.
Cees de Bont, Dean of School of Design & Chair Professor of Design, School of Design of
the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

When you read 3D3C Platforms you realize what a domain like ours -- 3D printing -- can and
should do for the world. Clearly we are just starting. Inspiring.
David Reis, CEO, Stratasys Ltd

This book provides a stunning overview regarding how virtual worlds are
reshaping possibilities for identity and community. The range of topics addressed by the
authors — from privacy and taxation to fashion and health care — provide a powerful
road map for addressing the emerging potential of these online environments.
Tom Boellstorff,
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A new paper - Deep Innovation: Solving Humanity’s Big Problems Needs More Commitment

The introductory article to the issue introduces the class of heavy duty ventures we term “Deep Innovation”: those that are enabled by basic research or a scientific breakthrough, and that usually require substantial resources and 5–20 years to materialize as a commercial success – if they do at all.
These innovations often solve big problems that can transform our world, but they are thwarted by a number of obstacles, some financial, other organizational and cultural. This article details the challenges and points out that “…at the end of the day, the solution for enabling Deep Innovation is commitment – more commitment. Commitment from the players. Time commitment. Commitment to high-risk tolerance. Commitment to invest capital…”

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