Esther Loewy is the CEO and founder of Upround Ventures which ups the value proposition for entrepreneurs, investors, partners and the global innovation ecosystem. Upround Ventures addresses the Series A/B chasm, acutely felt by premium Israeli start-ups which are scaling, gaining traction and penetrating the US and Asia. Esther brings her experiences as an entrepreneur, member of the management team of one of the most recorded IPO's in history and her work in the US, Israel, Europe and Asia, to secure investments and strategic partnerships for the company and startups. In the past 15 months she and her seasoned team and advisors have has spearheaded Upround to focus Eastward to Hong Kong, China and SE Asia.
Esther launched Upround based on her experience of co-founding and leading her previous company, Bootcamp Ventures, to engage seed stage start-ups and investors worldwide. She provided hands on strategic guidance to an array of start-ups and was instrumental in expanding the company’s global investor and partner network. In under two years she worked closely to secure capital for multiple promising start-ups such in big data, security, edu-tech, mobile and more.
Esther is a mentor at IBM SmartCamp Tel Aviv and is a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN). She was invited by KOTRA to mentor Korean start-ups at the January 2014 Startup showcase event. She was also selected to be a “Global Ambassador” to the StartmeupHK competition in December 2013. Esther is frequently invited to speak or write about entrepreneurship, innovation and investment from a global perspective.
Previously, Esther was recruited to build Alvarions first in-house Investor Relations department. Earlier in her career, Esther headed corporate communications for theglobe.com, where her global branding and communications strategies directly impacted on alliances and paved the way for one of the world's most successful initial public offerings. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Esther is originally from New York and moved to Israel in 2005 with her husband and two children.