Virgin Atlantic offers the opportunity to pitch to Richard Branson in Tel Aviv


To celebrate the launch of their new service between Tel Aviv and London, Virgin Atlantic is offering four lucky entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to Richard Branson and to a panel of top Israeli entrepreneurs, with a chance to win an exclusive trip to London, as well as mentoring time with the panel. The four lucky entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to “Pitch to Rich” at an exclusive event named “Business is an Adventure”, which will be held in collaboration with Calcalist, on the 24th of October, at the Peres Center in Tel Aviv.


  1. Have an existing consumer-facing startup, which has been operating from before the 1st of September 2017, that has an annual turnover at least $150,000.
  2. Film a short under-2-minute-pitch video telling us about your business venture, the challenges you’re facing and why you need help taking it to the next level.
  3. Submission closes on 14th of October 2019.

The Panel

  1. Richard Branson - President of Virgin Atlantic and Founder of Virgin Group.
  2. Gil Shwed - Founder and CEO of Checkpoint.
  3. Ofra Strauss - Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Strauss Group
  4. Avishai Abrahami - Co-Founder & CEO of

For submissions, click here.

For more information, click here.

About Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic was founded by Sir Richard Branson more than 30 years ago, after he decided the UK aviation industry needed shaking up. He wanted to make air travel exciting, stylish and enjoyable again. So Virgin Atlantic was airborne on 22nd June 1984, with the first flight from London Gatwick to Newark in the US. Since then, Virgin Atlantic has been the long-haul airline to fall in love with. More than five million people who want to depart everyday, and fly the amazing way, travel with them every year to some of the best destinations around the world – North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged 15, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The B Team and Ocean Unite.

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