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Yigal Erlich

Yigal Erlich

Yigal Erlich

Yozma Group

Founder, Chairman and Managing General Partner

Mr. Yigal Erlich is the founding father of the Israeli venture capital industry and one of the most prominent figures in the Israeli high-tech arena in the past 15 years.

Mr. Yigal Erlich is the founder of the Israel Venture Association and served as its Chairman. Between 1984 and 1992, Mr. Erlich served as the Chief Scientist of Israel's Ministry of Industry and Trade. During his eight-year tenure as Chief Scientist, Mr. Erlich commanded an annual budget of $200 million, primarily directed at research and development projects of high-technology companies. In addition, Mr. Erlich initiated the Generic Technology program which fostered cooperation on long-term R&D activities through the creation of consortia of companies with research institutes and universities worldwide.

Mr. Erlich holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.