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Eleven Female Israeli Founders Selected to Participate at Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference

WEACT To Host their Second Delegation to the Silicon Valley As Part of a Movement for Equal Opportunity In Innovation Ecosystem and Investment Industries

Press Release – MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 17, 2017: WEACT (Women Entrepreneurs ACT) is hosting 11 Israeli female entrepreneurs recently selected in either Tel Aviv or by SVOD for the opportunity to participate at Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference May 24 and 25. Out of 1000 applicants, 37 were accepted to compete in SVOD’s pitch competition. 7 (out of the 37) of the attending WEACT founders will pitch for seed to series B funding in front of 2000 people, including 300 top angel investors and venture capitalists. In SVOD’s 13 year history, every 2nd participating company has been funded and over $750M has been raised to date from funds such as Draper Associates, Founders Fund, Salesforce, Yuri Milner and Y Combinator.

WEACT’s mission is to promote an equal opportunity ecosystem and supporting women’s efforts to build global corporations. According to founder Darya Shaked, “In an era of exponential technology growth and rapid innovation processes, gender equality means more diverse solutions to a vast range of challenges. Furthermore, more female success stories will bring more women to the innovation and investment industries.” Participating in SVOD, Shaked believes will provide the entrepreneurs the best possible opportunity for awareness, funding and growth, beyond the possibilities available in Israel.

WEACT’s Pitching Founders:

Feelter, Smardar Landau: combats the 98% churn rate of eCommerce websites by automatically curating the most valuable and authentic social mentions that usually get lost in the noise (Facebook statuses, Instagram, tweets, and over 150 other sources) and unlocks the wisdom of the crowd on the site – increasing conversion by ~40%. Recently raised $4.5M in seed and series A funding

Splacer, Lihi Gerstner and Adi Biran: helps space owners monetize their space. The centralized platform allows space owners to manage their short term rental businesses and access a robust marketplace of booking opportunities for events. Splacer has raised over $7M in seed and series A funding

Julbox, Maya Caspi Schliesser: redefines the fashion jewelry industry by empowering everyone to design, sell and shop for affordable, one of a kind pieces

MyMylk, Ravid Shechter: personal diagnostic platform and information system for optimizing breastfeeding, based on unique direct-to-customer human milk tests

@gameofwhales, Maya Gurevich Kagan (with Co-Founder Doron Kagan): helps mobile game/ app developers and publishers increase revenue by easily identifying and profiling their users, analyzing usage patterns and spending habits, and presenting compelling incentives specifically tailored to keep everyone—from the tiniest fish to the mightiest whales—engaged and buying more

Listen App (IMNA Solutions), Merav Naor-Weinstock: a solution that makes mobile on-call interaction secure, transparent, and easy to manage while preserving functionality and end-user privacy. The app helps protect the corporate world from information larceny by securing companies’ communication on mobile devices. Listen App has raised over $1M in funding.

One (formerly Zuznow), Rachel Batish: AI-powered rapid mobile application development platform enables enterprises to quickly implement a sustainable, successful mobile strategy. The platform produces premium enterprise apps for customers, employees, and partners, serving as a single resource for mobility needs, with speed and scalability not otherwise humanly possible. One has raised $2.65M funding

WEACT’s Participating Founders:

Safedk, Ronnie Sternberg: offers a mobile SDK management platform to help app developers stay on top of the multiple SDKs their apps increasingly rely on. Recently raised $3.5M in Series A funding

Awear Solutions, Liron Slonimsky Shemy: introduces a smart tag technology that enables fashion brands to discover, engage and even mobilize their consumers and reward them for being their real brand ambassadors. Through a fashion frequent flyer program consumers are incentivized to wear specific products in order to unlock VIP experiences, perks and promotions in real-time, while the brand gets post-sale analytics on product usage http://

Sunbit, Omit Dweck-Maizel: Sunbit is a fundamentally new way to pay, that eliminates financial waste while providing the best possible experience for retailers and customers. Sunbit is the simplest and quickest way for retailers to split a purchase into multiple payments, increasing sales and extending the buying power of customers so that retailers to earn more while customers pay less. Sunbit has raised $3M funding to date

Papaya Global, Yael Herbst will be representing founder Eynat Guez: Papaya Global provides fast and flexible workforce solutions for companies and startups looking to grow their teams and expand globally. Currently offering Employee leasing, Payroll, Immigration, Recruitment,

OutSourcing and HR administration services in 70 countries. Papaya Global has received $1.2M in seed funding

SVOD will be WEACT’s second initiative in the US. Their first Israeli delegation to the Silicon Valley resulted in one founder selling her start up to Apple. 220 founders have applied to WEACT in its first year. Their next Silicon Valley mission is planned for October 15, 2017.

WEACT: is dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurs and building an equal opportunity ecosystem. WEACT is the main initiative of Stride Ventures.

DARYA SHAKED: founded WEACT as part of her passion for impact investing, philanthropy and promoting female entrepreneurship. She is formally Communications Specialist for the Prime Minister of Israel and spent the last decade working at the largest impact investment fund focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a lawyer and recent graduate of Singularity University and Stanford’s Executive Program for Women. She is a mother of 3 http://

SVOD: is an international startup investment conference (May 24 and 25, 2017) where early startup founders meet successful founders, investors and industry legends, who are shaping our lives today and influencing our future. Conference includes fireside chats and keynotes about technology innovation with the leaders in technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

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