For the fourth consecutive year, TWS is taking place in Tel Aviv today with an impressive line up of judges, including silicon valley’s most prominent angel Ron Conway and his partner David Lee (which recently got media attention for ‘angelgate’), Saul Klein of Index Ventures and Seedacmp and Yair Goldfinger, founder of ICQ and Dotomi and angel investor in Israeli startups. If you’re reading this on Monday the 18th, tune in to the live stream of the conference at http://www.twsconf.com/ and watch the demos of the 10 startups that were chosen amongst dozens of applicants.
The following Israeli startups will be demoing at #TWSconf:
Virtual Sales Person creates an automated chat experience by presenting the user with a Virtual Sales Person (VSP) which mirrors authentic human behavioral patterns. This could be particularly good for small businesses that can’t afford personal support. The VSP can be used to reduce bounce rate and increase conversions and is sold through a subscription ranging from $300 a month (self served) to $2500 a month (enterprise). VSP partnered with Live Person and has been operating since 2006 as AEI Technology.
Touchoo publishing house for quality touch-screen book-apps for toddlers and preschoolers. Great for parents and for children book publishers who want to increase their reach. Led by Omer Ginor. UPDATE: Touchoo won the most promising startup award!
Concealium DynamicShield™ product line is a data-centric protection platform that is independent of the data format, the transport method or the media where the data is stored. Concealium has formed a strategic partnership with SalesForce and is available for all SalesForce clients as part of SalesForce App Exchange.
Webydo is a Design Management System that transforms Photoshop psd files into functioning websites with no programming experience required by using simple drag and drop tools. The code is W3C compliant and cross-browser validated.
Self described as Mint for travel, Superfly makes travel purchasing recommendations based on the best use of miles (or ‘bang for buck’). Superfly launched its alpha at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Started by Jonathan (Yoni) Meiri in 2010 and has recently announced a $50,000 seed round.
Sparkeo an educational video platform enabling experts to upload video courses of up to 1.5 GB over the web. Monetization is done through affiliates and the expert gets to keep 70% of the income. Sparkeo started in 2009 and has gotten a very nice validation as the winner of mini Seedcamp Tel Aviv and Seedcamp week in London.
Kryon Systems Enhanced help software application called “LEO” in the form of a floating bar, to replace the tedious process of trying to find information in the help section. The product is currently available for MS Office 2007 and plans to expand to other applications in the near future. Founded in 2008 by Ms. Emma Butin
POSE has created a Point Of Sale system (POS) for small businesses, which can be operated from PCs, tablets and connected mobile devices. It’s Internet-powered cash register is offered as subscription to restaurants, brick and mortar shops, retail chains and ‘portable businesses’ such as the stands we often see in the shopping malls. The POS functionality is extensive: sales transactions, inventory management, CRM system, backup, email and SMS alerts, real time statistics, POSE’s site is currently in Hebrew only (and the product seems to be as well).
Velocee is a Content Distribution Network (CDN) for mobile which enables carriers to save money by predicting users mobile data usage trend.
give2gether – give2gether is a venue for social activism, improving the probability of success of online fundraising. With Give2gether, Non Profits and NGOs can reach MORE people in HALF the time, at a THIRD of the traditional fundraising costs. Non Profit organizations can launch campaigns within minutes, upload content, sync their donors data base and social media activities, send emails, manage donations, create personalized grassroots fundraising pages and optimize based on analytic reports.
I wish I could be there – congrats to TWS organizer Yaron Oresntein for taking the event forward.
UPDATE: Touchoo won the Most Promising Startup & Kryon Systems won the people choice award.