About Margalit Startup City

Under the leadership of Israel’s leading venture Investor, Dr. Erel Margalit, founder and Executive Chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners, we have been active in developing globally acknowledged centers of excellence since 2005.

Having seen more than 140 companies to maturity, across continents and industries, our expertise and network of strategic partners helps us stay ahead of market trends and address emergent needs. Whether we’re focusing on cyber, media and communications, healthcare, IT, or foodtech, we create unique ecosystems that draw talent and investment back into cities and generate dynamic growth for local economies. We do it by providing our community a suite of customized services, including office space, management support, and strategic guidance, as well as access to hands-on mentorships.

We believe that there’s talent everywhere, and that the best way to tap it is to create hubs of innovation and collaboration that allow smart and creative people to come together and solve the challenges they face together.

To do that, we believe in private-public partnerships that bring together universities, corporations, governments, and individuals, working together to transform their cities, their nations, and the world at large.

Erel N. Margalit, PhD

Chairman and Founder

Erel N. Margalit, PhD is one of the chief architects of the startup nation, bringing innovation and entrepreneurial leadership to the country’s most pressing political, economic, and social challenges. Chosen for the Forbes Midas list and by Israel’s prestigious business paper as the first venture capitalist with the golden touch. During his tenure as Member of the Israeli Knesset, Erel led the Knesset’s Cybersecurity Taskforce and the Taskforce developing the North and South of Israel, implementing various economic development initiatives around the country. Bringing together private and public partners to transform cities around the world by developing the next generation of urban innovation centers.

Sagi Kedem

General Manager

Mr. Kedem holds overall responsibility for the ongoing management of Margalit Startup City, further developing existing assets such as Margalit Startup City Jerusalem located at the historic British Mint building, and Margalit Startup City NY at the heart of SoHo and the site of the city Cyber Security Center.He is also currently leading the expansion of the group into additional locations in Israel and the US.He holds an M.A. in NGO Management and Leadership (with a specialization in Financial Management) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a B.A. in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Guy Pross

Vice President

As Vice President of Margalit Startup City, Guy draws from his over 20 years of international real estate, tech, and public sector experience to bring  economic hubs for the 21st century to life in places such as New York City, Europe, and Israel. Guy holds a Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of NSW and the University of Sydney and is a Lecturer at IDC Herzliya where he teaches an advanced Smart City Course and an International Entrepreneurship Course.

Elisheva Kitrossky

Director of Operations & Finance

Having joined Margalit Startup City in 2011, Elisheva manages the ongoing operations and budget of the organization. She holds a B.A in Management from the Open University of Israel.

Sarit Bailey

Sarit Bailey

Operations Coordinator

Sarit joined the Margalit Startup City Jerusalem team in December 2018, and is responsible for the planning and logistics of events at the Jerusalem compound, as well as day-to-day activity & operations on the compound.

Ayala Jinkins

Ayala Jinkins

Operations Manager