The Ayn Rand Atlas Award for Best Israeli Start-up
Creating Value in Israel and around the Globe
“Throughout the centuries there were men who took the first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision”
– Ayn Rand
ABOUT THE ATLAS AWARD
2019 marks the fourth year in which the Israeli Atlas Award event will be held in cooperation with the Ayn Rand Center, TheMarker and other leading partners such as the IVC, OVF and Karyopharm Therapeutics. The prize will be granted to the Israeli start-up company which created a new technology, idea or product of exceptional value in Israel and worldwide.
Candidates for the Atlas Award are companies chosen amongst Israel’s most innovative, start-ups that meet the criteria for excellence. The finalists are selected following a thorough evaluation by a steering committee made up of representatives from the event’s sponsoring groups.
These candidates then give presentations in front of a jury panel which select the winning company and grant them the Atlas Award.
The Atlas Award itself is a sculpture by the internationally-renowned sculptor: Richard Minns. The sculpture is an unparalleled portrayal of the mythological Atlas who hoists the world, paying homage to extraordinary achievements.
The Israeli Atlas Award was designed to raise public awareness towards the aspiration for productivity, pioneering, and prosperity by saluting the leading Israeli start-up company of 2019. The sculpture is an exclusive replica of the original, whose market price stands at nearly $100,000.
The 2019 Atlas Award winners will be announced in these categories:
- Aviation & Space
- Agrotech & Foodtech
- Medical Technology
- Social & Media
THE STAGES OF THE ATLAS AWARD COMPETITION:
Registration Stage: 14/3/2019 – 23/4/2019
Registration of companies and selection of candidates to advance to the next stage.
At this stage, the Finalists are named. These companies are then evaluated, and invited to appear before the jury panel.
Final Competition: 14-15/5/2019
Companies are selected to compete in different categories for the Finals, followed by the selecting of the overall winner.
The Atlas Award Ceremony: 28/5/2019
The award is designed to raise public awareness and express appreciation to the start-up with the most outstanding technology, idea or product that adds exceptional, breaks boundaries and increasing prosperity around the world and within the State of Israel.
The winning company chosen by a jury is granted a full-sized replica of a bronze sculpture of Atlas holding the world. The original sculpture, created by internationally-renowned sculptor: Richard Minns, has a market value of 100,000 USD. The award is presented at a prestigious ceremony held at the Israeli Stock Exchange and attended by leaders from all sectors of the Israeli business world.
The Atlas Award Ceremony program:
17:00-18:00 – Gathering and cocktail
18:00-18:10 – Opening remarks by Amitai Ziv, editor of the high-tech section TheMarker
18:10-18:20 – Tal Tsfany, CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute.
18:20-18:40 – Yariv Bash, CEO of PlayTracks Aviation and co-founder of SpaceIL, conversation with TheMarker reporter Ruti Levy
18:40-18:50 – Sari Roth, a high-tech entrepreneur and deputy CEO of Kamtech, a leader in the integration of ultra-Orthodox women into high-tech
18:50-19:00 – Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer, Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc.
19:00-19:10 – Noga Kap, co-director of i3 Equity Partners
19:10-19:20 – Omar Keilaf, founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies, winner of the Atlas 2018
The 2019 Atlas Award Ceremony
Richard L. Minns, International Sculptor and Creator or the Atlas Award
Mr. Carl Barney, Businessman & Education Entrepreneur
Moshik Kowarsky, Chairman of the Judging Committee.
Anat Avni-Papo, Director Of Innovation at Menora Mivtachim Insurance LTD.,
Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox.
Boaz Arad, The Ayn Rand Center Israel
ISRAEL’S RANKING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, START-UPS, INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY
Per capita, this young nation of 8,323,248 leads the world in entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and technology. Israel has more companies on NASDAQ than any other nation with the exception of the USA. Israel leads the world in the number of researchers per capita; it ranks second in research and development, and third in high-tech density. In world rankings, the Start-Up Nation stands at No. 10, after the USA and BEFORE Ireland, China and the U.K. Israel is Number One in the World in technology start-ups per capita, with over 4,000 active start-ups. Homegrown start-ups are now Israel’s top export, representing over 10% of the growing Israeli workforce, and the economic engine which drives Israel.
ATLAS AWARD 2019 EVENTS: 28 May. 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
The fourth Annual Ayn Rand Atlas Award Ceremony is announcing the Winner of the 2019 Best Israeli Start-Up. Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres will be served. By invitation only. Attended by prominent leaders of Israel’s business/entrepreneurial/start-up communities. The Award Ceremony will be followed by a private invitation-only V.I.P. Dinner in honour of visiting guests from USA, UK, and Europe.