Innovation Consultant, Innovation Centre Denmark Tel Aviv
Samuel was born and raised in Graz, Austria, as the ninth of eleven children to a Jewish patchwork family of medical doctors and scientists. At age 13, Samuel started traveling the globe on his own, gaining experience in the business world by selling electric pocket fans to fellow students. At age 16, deciding that China was going to be the next world power, he moved there and learnt Mandarin. At 18, Samuel was awarded the National Medal of Merit for special dedication to the Austrian armed forces and then spent six months in a South African township managing a retail hardware store. This experience left him with the profound desire to make a significant impact on the world. As a result, at age 21, Samuel founded NoTube, a tele-medical startup helping feeding-tube dependent children learn to eat. Based in Austria with a staff of over twenty employees, the organization has grown to become the world’s biggest therapy center for infants with eating/feeding inabilities, successfully treating over 600 patients. Samuel, who speaks German, English, French, Hebrew, and basic Mandarin, has since been involved in the founding of numerous companies and has lived on four different continents. He is a recent graduate of the Graduate Studies program at Singularity University, holds a B.A. in business management and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence with IDC Beyond at IDC Herzliya.