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In the News: OurCrowd companies seek 100’s of new employees

Despite Israel’s unprecedented unemployment situation, high-tech companies are still recruiting. As Israel carefully re-opens for business, startups have a huge role to play in getting our nation back to work. OurTalent, OurCrowd’s jobs portal, currently lists hundreds of vacant positions from within its portfolio companies, with fresh opportunities added each week. Check out OurTalent. It’s hard to believe that just 3.5 months ago we hosted the 2020 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem; now, we’re checking in with Jason Greenblatt, former Assistant to the President of the United States, and Special Representative for International Negotiations, and newly-joined OurCrowd partner. In February, he spoke about building bridges between Israel and the Arab Middle East through startup technology; last week Jason sat down with one of Israel’s leading tech bloggers, Hillel Fuld, to discuss how he is getting involved in the VC landscape to achieve the same ends. Watch now. Join us this Wednesday, May 27th for our next webinar – The Post-COVID Corporation: How Pandemic-Driven Innovation Will Change Everything at 9:30AM Los Angeles, 12:30PM New York, 7:30PM Tel Aviv. OurCrowd partners and analysts...

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In the News: What is Startup Nation’s next act?

As I like to say, Israel has a knack for turning “curses” into blessings, as Forbes mentions: “From challenging initial conditions–wilderness and desert, surrounded by hostile neighbors–Israelis have succeeded in developing a diversified and flourishing tech sector that is hardwired for entrepreneurial innovation.” Read up on Startup Nation’s Next Act: Becoming The World’s Open Innovation Valley as well as why Israel is set to become a 2020s tech powerhouse. Startup Nation and beyond Exciting news for Trusona, named one of the world’s 100 most promising start-ups to watch in 2019’s Upstart100 by CNBC. See who else made the list. UK Israel Tech Hub Launches 2020 Program With a Focus on Healthcare – The U.K. could benefit from Israel’s medtech capabilities, British Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, said at the program’s launch event in Tel Aviv.  Check out which Israeli companies are driving innovation in diabetes care and treatment, including OurCrowd portfolio company DreaMed Diabetes. NanoLock Security joins forces with Mekorot to collaborate on device level cyber defense solutions to protect critical infrastructure from outsider, insider and supply chain cyberattacks. Top tech...

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Modern Plagues: Let our people live – with these startup technologies

Cancer, diabetes, and drug abuse are among what come to mind when thinking of modern plagues on our society. These plagues are daunting and seemingly unsolvable. The modern minds behind startup technology are actually aiming to solve these issues. Overcoming opioid addiction Startups are utilizing technology – from AI to cannabis tech – to develop cures and solutions for overcoming opioid addiction. Riley Cote, NHL hockey player, went so far as to state at the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit that the prohibition of cannabis is actually the direct cause of the opioid crisis. Cote spoke from personal experience when he said that cannabis is a useful tool to deal with pain, and significantly less dangerous and addictive than opioids or other pain killers. Advancing this breakthrough forward, a startup called Syqe Medical has developed a pocket-sized cannabis based inhaler that is one of the promising alternatives for opioid use as a painkiller. Dr. Gidi Stein, co-founder and CEO of MedAware, also discussed the steps he and his colleagues are taking to end pain killer addiction. Dr. Stein told...

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Prevent Diabetes: A new way for 86M prediabetics to go off course

While diabetes is undoubtedly a big problem, with 29.1 million diabetics in the US, approximately 60 million in Europe, and 371 million across the globe, there are considerably more people who qualify as “pre-diabetic”. In fact, 86 million Americans are estimated to be pre-diabetic. The statistics are overwhelming: Half of all healthy 45-year-olds will develop prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that can lead to full-blown insulin-dependent Type II diabetes, according to a recent comprehensive study in The Netherlands. At the same time, there is also room for hope: Making lifestyle changes while prediabetic can reduce one’s risk of developing actual diabetes by 58%, according to a 2002 U.S. government-funded study. But that is much easier said than done. In order to significantly reduce one’s risk, individuals need to exercise for two and a half hours each week, and eat less fat and fewer calories, ideally reducing their body weight by 7%, according to the 2002 study. And those participating in the study that achieved this outcome had a team of counselors offering instruction and motivation, as well...

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