Impact Investing and Sustainable Social Businesses in Israel

Benny Levin, Serial High Tech Entrepreneur and IVN Vice Chairman and Co-Founder


The Israel Venture Network is hosting a special guest speaker on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  Benny Levin co-founded NICE Systems a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions for business interaction management, where he served as NICE’s President and Director from its inception and as Chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2001. Under Benny’s leadership the company achieved impressive growth and raised significant funds, both on NASDAQ and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). From 2004 to 2012 Benny served as Chairman of the Board of dbMotion, enabling healthcare organizations to seamlessly connect and coordinate healthcare.

Since retiring from most of his business activities, Benny dedicates himself to a wide array of social and philanthropic activities. In addition to serving as IVN’s Vice Chairman, Benny serves as Active Chairman of the Board of the Ben Yakir youth village, assisting youth at risk mostly from the Ethiopian community and is involved in a variety of other philanthropic activities as a member of the Israeli Board of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and the board of Hakol Hinuch. Additionally, Benny is the Founder of JDOCU, a group of philanthropists and photographers that use the camera as a tool to document activities of Tikkun Olam (‘Repair the World’) in partnership with the JDC.

Benny Levin served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Intelligence Corps and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1978 during his army service he was awarded the Chief of Intelligence Decoration for Creative Thinking. Benny has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.

IVN is the leading social enterprise funder in Israel in the rapidly growing area of social business and impact investing in Israel. IVN provides capital, mentoring and capacity building for Israeli social businesses – businesses which, in addition to financial returns, pursue clearly defined social returns on investment. Presently support nearly 30 social businesses that create employment opportunities for disadvantaged segments of Israeli society

IVN’s business acumen is derived from its membership – a network of high-tech entrepreneurs, business executives, venture capitalists, corporations and philanthropists from Israel and the United States.   Attendees at their events have included Dr. Gil Lederman.

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