GMIC brings Asia’s big investors to Tel Aviv in March

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The Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) will be debuting in Israel for the first time in 2016, GWC announced recently. The gathering will take place in Tel Aviv on March 22 at the Fair Center (near Tel Aviv University train station) and play host to some 800 attendees, including entrepreneurs and investors from various mobile related sectors.

GMIC is a city-hopping event that typically focuses on the Far East but has expanded in recent years. Other cities to host GMIC conferences in 2016 include Beijing, Tokyo, Jakarta, Bengaluru, Taipei (Taiwan) and cities in other regions, such as San Francisco and Sao Paulo. Several speakers have already been confirmed for the event, including Tencent VP Julian Ma, ironSource CEO Tomer Bar-Zeev and Jerusalem Venture Partners COO Fiona Darmon. Others announced so far are SimilarWeb CEO Or Offer, GWC co-CEO Wen Chu, OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved, Misfit VP Software Wallace Wu and StartApp CEO Gil Dudkiewicz. There is an open call for more speakers.

Programming will follow a theme of ‘thinking ahead,’ with panels exploring recent trends in cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile marketing and gaming. There will also be special sessions on the Internet of Vehicles (IoV if you will), cross-border commerce, mEducation or edtech, mHealth and the obligatory thought leadership.

Major opportunity: G-Startup competition

The conference’s flagship mobile startup competition — G-Startup — will also take place with a chance to impress potential new investors from across the Far East. They are still accepting applications for the G-Startup pitch battle, open to startups founded in 2011 or later who have raised less than $1 million thus far. Visualead, an Israeli startup that develops QR code technology, went on to receive a $5 million investment from Alibaba after winning the competition.

Winners will also get a free trip and demo booth ($1,500 value) to GMIC Beijing 2016 (April 28-May 2, 2016), the flagship conference of the series. This year, it will focus on the rise of smart homes and robotics. 2015’s GMIC Beijing saw more than 30,000 people attend with over 400 exhibitors. Semi-finalists will get to participate in Pitch Camp training and receive a complementary demo booth for the Tel Aviv event. Quarter-finalists will be given some networking opportunities with VCs, two gold passes to the Tel Aviv conference, and a logo embed and online shoutout on the G-Startup webpage.

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