Out of dozens of submissions, 10 startups pitched at the 5th Coller Startup Competition, in front of 30 judges and overall 150 investors and honored guests, 

1st place went to FertilAI

2nd place went to MindSense

3rd place went to SoLED

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The Coller Startup Competition started back in 2017, for teams composed of Tel Aviv University students and alumni. These startups compete on two different tracks - the Open track and the Foodtech track - for an investment of $100,000 (on each track), in front of an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and students. 

The goal of the competition is to encourage students and Alumni of TAU to promote their startup.  

The 2nd place will win a $25,000 investment, granted by Fresh.fund.

We welcome diverse teams, coming from different faculties and disciplines.

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Jeremy Coller is Chief Investment Officer at Coller Capital, one of the largest global firms in the secondary private equity market. He is a committed philanthropist and supporter of worldwide teaching and research in entrepreneurship and innovation, including at TAU where he founded the Coller Institute of Venture in 2013. Based on his financial acumen in the private equity market, Financial News named him “Personality of the Decade” in Europe. Jeremy has won numerous accolades from the media – the most recent being in December 2018, when he was recognized by Financial News as one of the 50 most influential people in European private equity.

In 2016, in a milestone event for Tel Aviv University, the Faculty of Management was newly renamed as the Coller School of Management, thanks to a substantial gift from the UK investment wizard and TAU Honorary Doctor Jeremy Coller. The gift aims at taking the School to the next level in management research, and to catapult it to the very top among academic providers of management education in venture, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


fresh.fund is Israel's first university-focused venture capital fund. Launched in 2016, it is proudly backed by prominent investors. It invests in early-stage tech companies founded by students, academics or recent graduates. The process is fast and friendly: typically, 6 weeks from application to funding.

fresh.fund has its feet on the ground across Israel's leading academic institutions, positioning it to identify and invest in the most promising early-stage startups and technologies before anyone else.

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An early-stage venture capital fund affiliated with Tel Aviv University, investing in the next generation of impactful home-grown technology companies. They invest the first capital into startups and are dedicated to helping them transform their ideas into global businesses.


TAU Ventures combines the resources and global network of Tel Aviv University, strong industry connections, and a supportive home-base for founders. Together with its world-leading team of experienced mentors they empower startups in their critical, early steps. The TAU Venture team works closely with their portfolio companies, nurturing their growth by drawing on the strength of its innovation ecosystem on a daily basis. 

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Judges & Mentors


by alphabetical order

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Erez Agmon

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Head of Entrepreneurial Projects,

Coller Institute of Ventures

Dr. Eyal Benjamin

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Chief Investment Officer,
Coller Capital

Jeremy Coller

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Partner, Head of Corporate and Technology Department,

Goldfarb Seligman & Co., Law Offices

Sharon Gazit

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Head of the  Global Management  Consulting Program, Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University

Jackie Goren

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Herzog Fox & Neeman

Dr. Nimrod Kozlovsky


Department of Electrical Engineering-Physical Electronics
Tel Aviv University

Prof. David Mendlovic

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Head of Go-To-Market, CloudEndure-
An Amazon Web Services Company

Gil Shai

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Dean of Coller School of Management, 

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Moshe Zviran

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Vice Dean of the Coller School of Management,

Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Dan Amiram

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VP Corporate Innovation,

Corporate HQ, Elbit Systems

Ran Bar-Sella

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Managing Partner,


Zaki Djemal

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Head of the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation MBA program, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Iris Ginzburg



CPT Capital

Harry Kalms


Active angel investor

Yechiel Kurtz

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Experienced Business Consultant

Jos Neuhaus


Strategic startup advisor

Doron Simhi

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General Partner, 
Meron Capital

Liron Azrielant

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Managing Partner,

BGV Europe & Israel

Dr. Barak Ben-Avinoam

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Yoel Esteron

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Managing Partner,

Israel Secondary Funds

Dror Glass

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Managing Partner, 

i3 Equity Partners

Noga Kap

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Entrepreneur, consultant & Inventor,

Ovela Technologies

Itzik Mashiach

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Maya Perl

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Oak-tree Networks

Yaron Vilan

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Head of Transfer Pricing,

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Dr. Eyal Bar-Zvi

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Managing Partner,

TAU Ventures

Nimrod Cohen



F2 Capital

Maor Fridman

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Managing Director,
The Good Food Institute

Nir Goldstein

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Head of Business Development & Innovation, Max by Leumi Card

Ronie Kaufman

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Associate Professor, Head of Cybersecurity security at Coller School of Management,  Tel Aviv University 

Dr. Jacob Mendel 

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Partner, Technology Practice,


Ofer Sela

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Coller School of Management, 

Tel Aviv University

Dr. David Zvilichovsky