The Judges

Zachariah George
Managing Director at Startupbootcamp Cape Town

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Startupbootcamp Africa – Africa’s leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program. Founder of Cactus Advisors – a specialist corporate finance, Angel investment and business advisory firm. Former head of Africa Investments for U-Start (largest network of private Multi-Family offices in Europe). Mechanical engineer and Stanford MBA. Ex-Wall Street Investment Banker (Lehman and Barclays, New York). Part time musician (guitarist and vocalist). Lover of theater and the arts. Avid squash player and hiker. Writer. 

Jonathan Marks
Senior lecturer and director of the full- time MBA programme​ at GIBS

Jonathan Marks holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy, focused on entrepreneurship, from the University of Cape Town’s faculty of engineering and the built environment. Dr Marks was founding director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (located at UCT) and was responsible for entrepreneurial knowledge management at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

He has taught entrepreneurship, business planning, new venture planning, innovation, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking at the University of Cape Town for the past twelve years. His teaching and research has crossed a range of disciplines including commerce, science, engineering and humanities, and has included over 1 000 student projects and business plan projects.

Amit Lev
Trade & Investment Consul at the Israeli embassy in South Africa

Mr. Amit Lev is the Trade & Investment Consul at the Israeli embassy in South Africa. Amit was the manager of development finance institutions department at Israel’s Ministry of Economy & Industry. In this capacity he integrated Israeli companies in development projects of the World bank, IDB, etc. In addition he managed development funds on behalf of the Israeli government in order to expose Israeli technologies for decision makers at these institutions. Prior to that Amit was a marketing & sales manager in an Israeli startup. He was in charge of all global business collaborations with costumers, distributors and integrators in several countries. Amit holds a bachelor degree in information system management from Ben-Gurion University.