Sunday, October 29, 2017

14-Nov-2017: Prof. Sivan to speak at Hong Kong Management Association annual conference

Business Transformation in an Era of Innovation and Disruption - is this year's theme of HKMA annual conference.

Prof. Yesha Sivan participates and will give a lecture on Mastering Digital Transformations. In the fast-changing innovation of technology and business, HKMA assembled a group of thought leaders and practitioners to share their success stories.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017
9:20 am - 5:30 pm (registration starts from 8:30 am)

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive Wanchai HONG KONG

By invitation only. For registration check HKMA website here.

Today, social media has become the mainstream in reaching your customers. A tremendous amount of customer and product information must be gathered from multiple diverse sources. The mobile platform has also surpassed the traditional media in providing the innovative high touch and customized solutions for new and existing customers. Indeed, we have reached multiple inflection points in serving customers, the use of technology innovation and globalization.

Recognizing the changing business environment and its importance in maintaining and growing your business, HKMA has adopted the theme 'Business Transformation in an Era of Innovation and Disruption' in our 2017 Annual Conference. The goals are to help senior executives in the understanding of pertinent innovative ideas, and in the exploration and adoption of these tools and techniques in your business and organization.


Friday, October 27, 2017

2-Nov-2017: Prof. Yesha Sivan's talk at BOAO Youth Forum about The Future of Globalization

The 2017 BOAO Youth Forum for Asia is widely regarded as Asia’s most influential forum, bringing together the most prominent leaders from politics, economics, business and academic across the regions. Scheduled to be held on 2-Nov-2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, this year’s edition initiates thought-provoking discussion under the theme “The Future of Globalization and Free Trade – The Role of Youth”.

Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture, will speak at the Forum, among this year’s other keynote speakers.


The BOAO Youth Forum for Asia (Hong Kong) is an annual forum that is gathering political, business, and intellectual leaders from the region and across the world to engage in brainstorming and clashing of ideas on topics of finance, culture, education, science and technology, society and sustainable development with young people, listen and elaborate their points of view, and collectively analyze the opportunities and challenges ahead for the future development of Asia and the world.

As the primary dialogue platform between Asia and emerging economies, the BOAO Forum for Asia is committed to promoting Asian economic integration and mutual development across the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2009, the Y.Elites Association partners with BFA to jointly organize the BOAO Youth Forum (Hong Kong).

Originally posted by CIV.

Over 5000 world-renowned experts, scholars, famous entrepreneurs and representatives of the business sector attended the forum.

See summary here:

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:

Event Detail :

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

CUHK Explores The Future of University Venture at CIV2017HK

(From left) Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director, Coller Institute of Venture; Mr. Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park; Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School; Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice Chancellor, CUHK; Mr. Laurence Chan, Co-Founder, EV Power Hong Kong; Prof. Benny Zee, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK; Dr. Allen Yu, Co-Founder, Codex Genetic Hong Kong
Themed “The Future of University Venture”, the Coller Institute of Ventures Annual Conference (CIV2017HK) brought together many global leaders of venture and innovation to explore the essential role of higher education in venture capital and innovation in late April.

As the sole university partner of the conference, CUHK organized two special sessions during the conference. The first was an Academic Session at CUHK on 22 April which a number of academic scholars featured their new findings on venture research. The second was a Partner Session entitled “CUHK Ventures” held at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) on 24 April.

The CUHK Ventures session had a mix of CUHK faculty, CUHK alumni and HKSTP speakers. Mr. Albert Wong, CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and an alumnus of CUHK MBA programs, talked about how universities can turn knowledge to impact in an innovation-driven economy. The relationship between industry and academia was also explored. CUHK staff and alumni presented real life venture examples to illustrate the productive collaboration between the university and the adjacently located HKSTP.

During the key note panel session, panelists further shared about the role of CUHK Business School in the HKSTP Incubation Program. The panelists included: Prof. Dominic Chan, Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship; Prof. Sam Powpaka, Associate Professor Department of Marketing; Prof. Kevin Au, Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; and Mr. Peter Mok, Head of HKSTP Incubation programs.

“The future belongs to those societies that can successfully promote and support entrepreneurship via venture capital. Universities could be part of such government policies”, said Prof. Kalok Chan Dean of CUHK Business School.

CIV2017HK is an international event dealing with the future of venture, researching its financial, societal and policy aspects, and seeking ways to improve the global venture ecosystem. It brings together the greatest minds in the field to trigger the thinking and discussion necessary to evolve research universities into their new role as centers of venture and innovation.

Monday, April 10, 2017

22..26-Apr-2017 (HK): Meet Prof. Sivan at CIV2017HK

Together with key industry figures, we will meet for CIV's annual meeting, this time in HK,
to talk about the future of Venture in general and focus on the evolving role of universities.

Here are some more details:

CIV2017HK— the Coller Institute of Venture Annual Conference, will take place on April 22-26, 2017 at the Hong Kong Science Park (main session – April 23, 2017).

The conference will serve an exclusive meeting place for leading players of the venture ecosystem – policymakers, institutional investors, scholars and venture capitalists.

In 2017, the conference will focus on The Future of University Venture, bringing together the greatest minds in the field to trigger the thinking and discussion necessary to evolve research universities into their new role as centers of venture and innovation.


  • Share latest developments, successes, and failures in venture, and university venture in particular;
  • Discuss and reflect to generate new ideas and models;
  • Collaborate and network with exclusive venture leaders;
  • Meet venture luminaries from MIT, Stanford, LBS, TAU, Technion, Peking University and Tsinghua-Shenzhen.
Among the leading speakers that have already confirmed their participation, you will find:

  • Prof. Dan Schechtman — Nobel Prize Laureate (2011) and Distinguished Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Dongmin Chen — Director, Office of Science and Technology Development, Peking University
  • Katharine Ku — Executive Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
  • Dr. Renchen Liu — President Assistant, Tsinghua-Shenzhen Research Institute
  • Lita Nelsen — Director (Ret.), Technology Licensing Office, MIT
  • Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg — Senior Economist, Parliament Member and Former Chairman of the Higher Education Budgeting and Planning Committee, Israel
If you want to hear these and other leading speakers in the same room, join CIV2017HK now and enjoy a special 20% HIX discount until 31-Mar-2017. Register today with the coupon HIXTIX.

Registered participants will enjoy discounted airfares with our official carrier, Cathay Pacific, and special rates in a wide selection of hotels.

Monday, February 20, 2017

20-Feb-2017: Prof. Sivan chairs VC's/Dealmakers panel at Silicon Dragon event in Tel Aviv

Silicon Dragon forum at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange - CIV's executive director Prof. Yesha Sivan is moderating a VC's/Dealmakers panel. Panelists are: Avishai Silvershatz, Infinity Capital; Lior Simon, Arbor Ventures; Dan Clivner, Sidley; Yonatan Machao, JVP, Yoav Chelouche, Aviv Venture; Jeffrey Chi, Vickers Ventures, Yesha Sivan, Coller Institute of Venture with Rebecca Fannin, Silicon Dragon.

Israeli and Chinese venture capitalists, investors and entrepreneurs met on February 20th, 2017 at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange for the Silicon Dragon Forum, to discuss the China-Israel-US tech triangle and the increasing role of VCs in the Chinese innovation ecosystem. Among the panelists attending and speaking at the forum were representatives of prominent VCs and angels, corporates (Baidu and IBM), and dealmakers.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

6-Feb-2017: “De-Know-Polization” Featured at the Israeli Tech Transfer Conference

Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture, gave a keynote lecture at the Israeli Tech Transfer Conference (6-Feb-2017 in Tel Aviv), and spoke of De-Know-Polization – the de-monopolization of knowledge, extensively covered in Issue 4 of Coller Venture Review.
Previously featured also at the Jerusalem Post, “De-Know-Polization” is a global phenomenon spanning academic institutions worldwide and stripping universities of their traditional roles: research, teaching, and societal service. University leaders will need to take actions in order to keep their university running, and justify these actions to their public and private funders, including students paying tuition and taxpayers.
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 – business as usual now means no business at all in the future. Better you lead the change than let the change lead you.
The future of venture and universities will be further elaborated at #CIV2017HK – the 2017 Annual Conference of the Coller Institute of Venture in Hong Kong (22-26 April 2017). Join us there to meet venture leaders from all over the world, define new pathways for venture and design the universities of the future.