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Konnect is the Open Innovation Hub of the Volkswagen Group, founded in 2018 and based in Tel Aviv

Konnect is the Open Innovation Hub of the Volkswagen Group, founded in 2018 and based in Tel Aviv

We scout for deep tech Israeli startups and match them to our 12 Volkswagen Group Brands, based on technological needs and use cases.
Using our local tech expertise, we scale projects and collaborations in the fields of Smart mobility and Industry 4.0.
With a lean team and a startup mindset, we drive innovation and culture change into the Volkswagen Group and its Brands.

Connecting the Israeli ecosystem with the global Volkswagen Group Innovation network based in the US, Asia and Europe.

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Connecting the Israeli ecosystem with the global Volkswagen Group Innovation network based in the US, Asia and Europe.

For more information, click here >>

TECHNOLOGY SCOUTING & EVALUATION
TECHNOLOGY
SCOUTING &
EVALUATION

Konnect is scouting and evaluating Israeli technologies in early and mature stages, based on the needs and topics of the Volkswagen Group and its Brands. Following a thorough scouting and evaluation process, we match the solutions in the market to the right stakeholder in our Group.

PROJECT & POC MANAGEMENT
PROJECT & POC
MANAGEMENT

After a successful matching process, our team is managing and accelerating projects and PoC’s with Israeli startups jointly with our Group Brands.
We also provide guidance, fast onboarding for startups, and access to Group tenders via a Regional Sourcing Office.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT
ACTIVITIES

To accelerate collaborations between our Group and Israeli startups, Konnect is organizing business development activities, such as b2b meetings, workshops, and networking events in Israel and the VW Group and Brands HQ’s.
Konnect is working closely with VW Group project teams who join our team in Israel for 2-3 months and leverage further innovation projects.

Konnect- Volkswagen Group Innovation Hub Tel Aviv

 Join our journey – watch how we connect Israeli innovation to the Volkswagen Group

2019 Startup Challenge

 The winners of the startup challenge, Seebo and Fortellix, won 25k Euros each for a paid PoC with the Volkswagen Group Brands

The Trainee Vlog

Nino Andricevic, our colleague from Porsche AG, shares his experience of working for 6 weeks at Konnect in 2019

Fireside chat- Nikolai Ardey at Ecomotion 2020 virtual event

Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation, Dr. Nikolai Ardey, discussed our Groups’s global Innovation strategy  and activities  with Jason Stein, editor of Automotive News

Apollo Power- Audi Cooperation

Konnect is bringing Israeli electrification technology to the Volkswagen Group.
Following a year of discussions and testing led by Konnect, Israeli solar film startup, Apollo Power signed an MOU with Audi to collaborate on an Innovation project.

For more details,click here (Hebrew), or here (English).

Konnect- Volkswagen Group Innovation Hub Tel Aviv

 Join our journey – watch how we connect Israeli innovation to the Volkswagen Group

2019 Startup Challenge

 The winners of the startup challenge, Seebo and Fortellix, won 25k Euros each for a paid PoC with the Volkswagen Group Brands

The Trainee Vlog

Nino Andricevic, our colleague from Porsche AG, shares his experience of working for 6 weeks at Konnect in 2019

Fireside chat- Nikolai Ardey at Ecomotion 2020 virtual event

Head of Volkswagen Group Innovation, Dr. Nikolai Ardey, discussed our Groups’s global Innovation strategy  and activities  with Jason Stein, editor of Automotive News

Apollo Power- Audi Cooperation

Konnect is bringing Israeli electrification technology to the Volkswagen Group.
Following a year of discussions and testing led by Konnect, Israeli solar film startup, Apollo Power signed an MOU with Audi to collaborate on an Innovation project.

For more details,click here (Hebrew), or here (English).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOW6ekbRlDI

Autonomous
Driving

Industry 4.0

Data Analytics
& AI

Electrification

Cyber
Security

In-Cabin
Sensing & UX

Autonomous
Driving

Industry 4.0

Data Analytics
& AI

Electrification

Cyber Security

In-Cabin
Sensing & UX

“The VW Group is such a huge organization, and the job that Konnect is doing is the difference between a successful or a failed project.”

Oded Rozenberg, CEO

“Connecting to the right stakeholders, who recognize our value and vision is not easy in a huge Group such as Volkswagen. Thanks to Konnect, we gained exposure within the Volkswagen Group and a real chance to help the company with the challenge of verifying high level ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles.”

Roy Fridman, VP Business Development & Sales

“The Konnect team has demonstrated a deep understanding of ADASKY’s technology and promoted our mutual interest to make cars safer for everyone. We are very proud and grateful for this partnership.”

Liat Arenson, Director of Business Development

“The VW Group is such a huge organization, and the job that Konnect is doing is the difference between a successful or a failed project.”

Oded Rozenberg, CEO

“Connecting to the right stakeholders, who recognize our value and vision is not easy in a huge Group such as Volkswagen. Thanks to Konnect, we gained exposure within the Volkswagen Group and a real chance to help the company with the challenge of verifying high level ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles.”

Roy Fridman, VP Business Development & Sales

“The Konnect team has demonstrated a deep understanding of ADASKY’s technology and promoted our mutual interest to make cars safer for everyone. We are very proud and grateful for this partnership.”

Liat Arenson, Director of Business Development

MEET OUR TEAM 

Stephanie Vox

Managing Director

Stephanie Vox has been with the Volkswagen Group for 10 years and is leading Konnect since May 2018.
In her previous roles, she has been driving the digital transformation within the Volkswagen Group with a special focus on digital marketing and innovation.

Stephanie has extensive experience in working with all of the Group’s Brands, and was responsible for establishing a strong innovation community and the first cross-brand innovation Hub in Munich. Prior to this, Stephanie held roles in Group Marketing Communication and Group Procurement. Stephanie is a German citizen who has lived in the United States and Japan. She holds an MBA from University of Osnabrück and studied abroad at the University of Yokohama.

Hemdat Sara Sagi

Head of Strategy & Business Development

Hemdat is the Head of strategy and Business development at Konnect, and has over 10 years of experience in senior managerial roles in the German and Israeli markets.

In her previous roles, Hemdat headed the Israeli branch of HY- the Axel Springer ecosystem firm, supporting German companies on digitalization and transformation projects.
In 2017 ,Hemdat established her own consultancy firm and provided business development, technology scouting and strategic services to the Volkswagen Group and Audi AG in Israel.
Between 2012-2016, Hemdat served as a Commercial Attaché in the Israeli Embassy in Berlin, promoting the German- Israeli economic, business and innovation ties.

Hemdat is a lawyer by training and has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Management from ESMT business school in Berlin.

Shelly Snop

Marketing & Operations

Shelly is responsible for the marketing and communication topics at Konnect.
Since serving in the IDF Spokesperson unit, Shelly has worked in several roles as a public relations and communication specialist.

Shelly has experience in event management for international conferences in the startup ecosystem, such as DLD Tel Aviv . Shelly holds a BA in Political Science and East Asian studies from Tel Aviv University and has also studied Mandarin in SWUFE University in China.

Angelika Handelsman

Regional Sourcing Office (RSO) & Procurement

Angie is steering the Regional Sourcing Office and Procurement activities at Konnect, connecting suppliers to procurement departments and tenders in the Volkswagen Group.

Originally from Germany, Angie became a “Kibutznik” after moving to Israel over 30 years ago.
With more than 13 years of experience in working as the Israel representative for the Regional Sourcing Office of the Volkswagen Group, Angie holds extensive knowledge of the Israeli OEM supplier market.

Angelika holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the IHK Business School in Munich.

Maayan Ekstein

Project Management & Scouting

Maayan is in charge of scouting and project management at Konnect, with a special focus in the fields of Industry 4.0, smart mobility, sustainability and data analytics.

Prior to joining Konnect, Maayan served as an officer in an elite unit at the Israeli Air-force for 12 years, leading complex operations, technical projects, aerial planning, and management in various units.

Maayan holds an MBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the IDC.

Nitsan Avivi

Tech Scout

Nitsan is the tech scout of Konnect, scouting for pre- development and mature startups in the automotive startup ecosystem.

Nitsan is a tech enthusiast and a real car lover, with over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, working in various sales and journalism roles as well as development positions in Mobileye. Nitsan holds a B.sc in computer science and served at the IDF’s elite unit Talpiot.

Talia Levi

HR & Office Admin

Talia is in charge of administration and HR at Konnect.

She is an experienced HR & Welfare admin with a background
in talent acquisition, administration, employee welfare, event planning and
marketing.

Talia holds a BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ben Gurion
University.

Itai Ziv

Country Security Manager Israel

Itai is an experienced security and information security manager, supporting all security topics of the Volkswagen Group in Israel as well as sourcing for innovative cyber technology for the Group Brands.

Prior to Konnect, Itai headed the corporate security at Champion Motors, the free importer of Volkswagen Group in Israel.

Itai holds a CISO diploma from the Technion, the Israel institute of technology, as well as a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Open University of Israel.

Our Group Brands

Our strategic partners in the market and worldwide