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Mind the Tech London 2022

Teddy Talks: Israeli entrepreneurs pitch their startups to billionaire Teddy Sagi

In a once in a lifetime opportunity ahead of Calcalist’s Mind the Tech conference in London, a select list of startups, including Pick a Pier and Jama, got to sit down with one of Israel’s leading investors and businessman

Omer Kabir | 11:19  27.03.2022

Even before the official opening of Calcalist's Mind The Tech London conference, several start-ups had a unique opportunity: to present their company in a personal meeting with entrepreneur and businessman Teddy Sagi, and perhaps even get an investment or collaboration that would take their company to the next level. The meetings were held together with the co-CEOs of, Tom Vaknin and Assaf Cohen, and most of them dealt with the fintech field.

According to Pick a Pier co-founder and CEO Idan Cohen, the field of sailing leisure culture is booming and growing by a million boats each year. What has not grown is the number of places where boats can be docked, and this is exactly the problem that his company is dealing with thanks to principles from the world of collaborative economics.

"The marine leisure culture industry encompasses more than 200 million people, and there are waiting lists of people who want to buy boats," he said. "We need to produce a new supply of marinas where boats can dock through smart sharing of places. We allow marinas to produce an additional number of places, increase revenue while preserving the environment and protecting the shoreline. We take a commission on every transaction closed through our platform."

Sagi expressed interest in the company even though it is not at the core of his business activity. "People love the sea. They are all yachtsmen, it seems every new entrepreneur has a small yacht today," he explained. "It's an old school world and there is an angle to innovate there. But it's a niche, I don’t know if it will really take off."

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Sagi was enthusiastic: "It's very cool. I would love to get in. My wife, may she be healthy, has seven children. It will work. I want to be a part of it. There are thousands of ways to monetize, it's a huge advertising channel. The chances of success are great. They are focused and have reached 50,000 users a year with zero marketing.”

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