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May 6th, 2021
Meeting with Shaul Kfir, Lapidim alumnus and co-founder and CTO of Digital Asset
During the meeting, Shaul shared with the students the story of his journey after graduating and up until today, the link between founding a business and the Lapidim program, a few things that he learned along the way, and some things he would have been happy to have known at the beginning of his journey. Shaul is a graduate of the Lapidim program who completed his studies in 2013. In the eight years since, he founded three startup companies in Israel and the U.S. Today Shaul is the CTO of Digital Asset, which he established in New York in 2014. The company employs about 170 people spread over five continents and to date has raised approximately 300 million dollars.
April 22nd, 2021
Meeting with Professor Yoav Shoham, Faculty graduate and professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford University
The students met with Prof. Yoav Shoham, Faculty graduate and professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford University. His research focuses on artificial intelligence in the field of multi-agent systems and game theory. During the meeting, Prof. Shoham spoke to the students about academia, industry and life itself. He told the students about his academic path and his research, and also described his entrepreneurship and the companies he established that deal with online businesses. The most well-known of these is Trading Dynamics, involved in online tenders. Prof. Shoham is the CEO and co-founder (with Prof. Amnon Shashua and Ori Goshen) of AI21 Labs, which deals with AI applications.
March 24th, 2021
Spring semester opening meeting—with Prof. Ada Yonat, 2009 Nobel laureate in chemistry
Students met with Prof. Ada Yonat, the Israeli biochemist who specializes in crystallography of proteins. Her research deals with the structure and function of ribosomes. Yonat is the 2009 Nobel laureate for chemistry, together Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz, “for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome” (, accessed 8 April 2021). During the meeting, Prof. Yonat told the students about her pioneering research about the structure of ribosomes and spoke about her personal story and the challenges she had to surmount on her way to success.
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January 7th, 2021
Meeting with Dr. Anat Etzion-Fuchs, alumna of the first Lapidim cohort and a doctoral candidate in the computational biology program at Princeton.
Students met with Anat, a Lapidim alumna, online and heard her personal story—“my journey to Princeton”—from her. Anat spoke about her decision to do her doctoral studies abroad and told the students about the application process for U.S. doctoral programs and life and studies in an American university. She also told them about her research in the field of computational biology.  
December 17th, 2020
Meeting with David Sokolic, Manageing Partner at OurCrowd Pandemic Innovation Fund
Students met online with David Sokolic, managing partner at OurCrowd Pandemic Innovation Fund. The meeting focused on crowdfunding as a method for funding initiatives.OurCrowd, one of the worlds’ leading crowdfunding platform for investing in startups, is managed by serial entrepreneur, Jon Medved. Since 2014, OurCrowd has invested over 220 million dollars in 93 portfolio companies.  
December 3rd, 2020
Meeting with Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky, researcher and lecturer in the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
Students met online with Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky who developed a rapid-test kit for COVID-19 that analyzes a saliva sample abd that can be used by anyone in their own home, easily and efficiently. The kit she developed allows individuals to check whether have been infected, using a simple and rapid process that does not require dangerous materials. Because of its simplicity and speed, the kit will be suitable for home use and rapid testing in workplaces.
November 10th, 2020
Meeting with Dr. Adam de la Zerda, graduate of the Faculty and founder of Visby Medical
Students met online with Dr. Adam de la Zerda, graduate of the Faculty and founder of Visby Medical. Adam, who also is also a professor at Stanford University, has a long list of awards and commendations for his work in research and development. Visby Medical, which he founded, developed a personal single-use device for fast COVID-19 testing, which has recently received FDA approval
October 27th, 2020
First meeting of the year – Getting acquainted through an online cooking class
Students gathered online for the opening meeting of the year and got acquainted by participating in an online cooking class led by two contents from the “Winning Kitchen” television program, Oshri and Yarden, and joined by chefs from Eyal Shani’s “Malka” (Queen) and “Salon” restaurants.
June 3rd, 2020
Meeting with Tom Even, User Experience (UX) Design Expert
Students had a virtual meeting and lecture via Zoom on the subject of Designing for Behavior Change, with Tom Even, user experience (UX) design expert. The “nudge” theory, for which its developer was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics, deals with small actions having great impact. During the meeting, Even spoke about hidden psychological powers that change our choices and reviewed the array of tools and methods for changing behavior, while thinking about how to improve the world around us through design
January 8th, 2020
A meeting with a representative of The Jacobs Technion–Cornell Institute, Fernando Gómez-Baquero, director of Runway and Spinouts

A meeting with a representative of The Jacobs Technion–Cornell Institute, Fernando Gómez-Baquero, director of Runway and Spinouts. During the meeting, he told the students about his entrepreneurial path and gave them information about Cornell’s entrepreneurial projects, the Runway and Spinout programs, and the summer internship program. 

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