The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in partnership with OneVentures, Viola Group and the ACS is delighted to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to attend an after-hours briefing on Australia and Israel’s innovation economies.
Shlomo Dovrat, Co-Founder & General Partner, Viola Group and Viola Ventures, Israel’s largest technology investment group and Dr. Michelle Deaker, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of leading Australian venture capital firm, OneVentures will discuss technology trends in an era of global transformation.
OneVentures and Viola have partnered to create the OneVentures Credit Fund, a new product in Australian technology financings that is extremely appealing to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The partnership is a fantastic example of a successful collaboration between Australia and Israel’s innovation ecosystems.
Shlomo Dovrat, Co-founder & General Partner, Viola Group & Viola Ventures
Shlomo Dovrat has over 30 years of recognized leadership in the hi-tech entrepreneurial and investment scene. Shlomo is a Co-Founder of the Viola Group and General Partner and Co-Founder of Carmel Ventures, a top-tier Israeli venture capital firm, with over $800 million under management.
Shlomo has extensive experience in leading software companies from inception to successful initial public offerings or sales, as well as leading and mentoring high growth technology companies. Shlomo began his career as a hi-tech entrepreneur, eventually becoming CEO and Chairman of several leading high-tech companies. Shlomo co-founded Oshap and served as its CEO and President, and later led it to its IPO on NASDAQ. Eventually, SunGard acquired Oshap for $220 million. Shlomo was also the founder of Tecnomatix, served as its CEO and President from its inception and led its IPO on NASDAQ. Later he served as Chairman and as Director until the company was sold to UGS in 2005.
Shlomo served as Chairman for ECI Telecom and led its strategic turnaround from 2002-2007, leading to its $1.25 billion acquisition. Shlomo also led Carmel’s investment in Wanova, which was acquired by VMware in May 2012. Shlomo served as Chairman of the board of Red Bend that was acquired by Harman in January 2015. Shlomo currently serves on the board of directors of Outbrain, ironSource, cVidya, eXelate, and Yallo.
In addition to his successful business career, Shlomo is actively involved in various public and philanthropic initiatives. Shlomo is a founding member of the Israel Venture Network, an initiative by leading figures in the US and Israeli high-tech communities to promote social change throughout Israel, and serves as the Chairman of the recently founded Aharon Institute for Economic Policy.
Dr Michelle Deaker, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, OneVentures
Dr Michelle Deaker is a Managing Partner of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds. The firm now has almost $400M in funds under management. Michelle serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.
Michelle has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in global business expansion. She has negotiated technology transfer contracts with research institutions; established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors; chaired the boards of several high growth companies; supported early breakthrough commercial contracts; leveraged her extensive networks for the benefit of OneVentures companies; and negotiated both financing and exit transactions.
Michelle established OneVentures in late 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner, entrepreneur and subsequently angel investor. The Company she founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005, in a transaction returning to investors 4.6xcapital and an average IRR of 70%. Notably, E Com industries was one of only a handful of Australian companies that successfully migrated the dotcom boom and crash through to a successful outcome for investors. Prior to E Com Industries, Michelle established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class), Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).