Kenes Tours is privileged to have hosted YPO InnovNation: the Israel Innovation Experience, a part of the signature leadership organization’s global YPO Innovation Week.  The three-day event in May convened many of the world’s premier chief executives for a whirlwind encounter with Tel Aviv and Israel’s dazzling innovation ecosystem and top business and tech players.  For the second year in a row, the incredible initiative was awarded first place out of 50 YPO Innovation Week events that took place simultaneously around the globe.


YPO, the world’s premier executive leadership organization recently collaborated with Kenes Tours to host YPO InnovNation: the Israel Innovation Experience as a part of this year’s YPO Innovation Week, internationally renowned as the world’s biggest and most significant global innovation initiative.


Worldwide, Innovation Week events take place in more than 50 cities and offer a chance for the world’s leading chief executives to encounter the most creative innovators for a rare opportunity to network, challenge conventional thought and gain powerful insights.  For the second consecutive year, YPO InnovNation, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based event was awarded first place globally for its overall quality of experience and impact.


Israel, internationally renowned as the ‘Start-Up Nation,’ provided the perfect platform to present its position as a global leader in innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship, and the award-winning event prominently featured exclusive encounters with the country’s top tech visionaries and agents of action from a cross-section of fields, including biotech, medical, foodtech, defense, cybersecurity, big data, agriculture and more.  The experience provided participants with the incredible chance to meet Nobel Prize winners, Israeli government officials, premier venture capitalists, private investors, business leaders, innovators and inventors.


Speakers and special events at InnovNation included:

  • Uri Levine, Founder, WAZE
  • Professor Daniel Shechtman, Nobel Prize recipient, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Yuval Rabin, President & Chair of WTP, Fund Manager, Genesis Angel Fund and son of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd
  • Professor Daniel Zajfman, President, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Yossi Vardi, Two-Time Recipient of the Prime Minister of Israel’s Hi-Tech Award for Life Achievements & Unofficial Ambassador of Israel’s Hi-Tech Ecosystem
  • A unique luncheon featuring Investment Models in Israel
  • Innovation ‘speed-rounds’ at the Weizmann Institute of Science
  • A super exclusive Israeli Innovation Exhibition at the Rabin Center, in collaboration with OurCrowd


Courtesy of YPO l Photo: Ohad Aridan

Courtesy of YPO l Photo: Ohad Ardian

Other speakers included Gideon Ben Zvi, Co-founder & Chair of Briefcam, Ltd., Watapa, and Venture Partner of Consumer Technologies at Aviv Venture Capital, Ltd.; Ran Sharon, Founder and CEO of Clariter S.A.; Gidi Grinstein, Founder of the Reut Institute; Gil Granot-Mayer, CEO of Yeda Research & Development Co. at the Weizmann Institute of Science; Zaki Djemal, Co-founder of Fresh.Fund and Jerusalem Double-the Jewish-Arab backgammon league in Jerusalem.


“Every business leader needs to focus on innovation and to grow and thrive,” said Nirit Harel, Chair of the Board at Intergam Communications Ltd. and Chair of InnovNation: the Israel Innovation Experience. “YPO Innovation Week will provide hundreds of opportunities for YPO members to learn from each other and from the most well respected global innovators, disrupters and inventors to help integrate innovation at the most strategic level across all businesses.  Combining research, technology and business leadership, Innovation Week is the one place where the world’s most innovative companies share their inspiration and insights.” (YPO Innovation Week Gathers Innovators for Israel Innovation Experience in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Retrieved from


About YPO

‘YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow.  YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses.  Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.’  (Retrived from YPO Innovation Week Gathers Innovators for Israel Innovation Experience in Tel Aviv, Israel).


Kenes Tours is proud of our strategic collaboration with YPO Israel and elated that our partnership has, for two years in a row, been named the top Innovation Week event in the world.  In the spirit of this special occasion, we invite you to be inspired by Israel’s bold technological leadership and to discover the magic of the Start-Up Nation.  To learn how, visit us at