OUR STORY

Cockpit Innovation was the first of its kind, an airline venture arm with a mission to enhance corporate innovation and invest in early-stage entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies in the fields of Air Travel and Food. Established by EL AL Israel Airlines in 2015, Cockpit Innovation gained fast traction in the Air Travel industry, partnering with Jet Blue Airlines and Lufthansa Systems. While welcoming new shareholders, Boeing Industries and Gate Group.
Our recent expansion depper into the Food industry has broadened the horizon of opportunity for all of our shareholders, and a new wave of investment opportunities.

Cockpit Innovation was the first of its kind, an airline venture arm with a mission to enhance corporate innovation and invest in early-stage entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies in the fields of Air Travel and Food.

MILESTONES

THE TEAM

Cockpit leverages a multidisciplinary team of individuals that bring together a wealth of experience and knowledge in strategic innovation, investment management and global growth. 

leadership

Oz Eliav

Managing Director

Oz has a broad background in venture funding, corporate finance and entrepreneurship. He brings his expertise on how startups can grow their business in the Air-Travel Industry. Previously, Oz was an investor in a leading VC fund, an Associate at PwC, and an entrepreneur.

Emily Winkler

Director of Business Development

An entrepreneur herself, Emily comes from the world of ‘adapt or die’, and has proven that no problem is unsolvable, it’s just a matter of finding the right solution. Previously, Emily served as a Business Development Director in LINK, Valop Group, and BBetter Solutions. She brings vast knowledge and experience to Cockpit, providing an exceptionally strategic and unique approach to all things innovation.

Tovit Meir-Lahav

Marketing and Operations Manager

Tovit has extensive operations experience in many management roles. She was previously the Head of Operations at SOSA, and COO at Alcide.io, a data center security start-up, and has over a decade of experience in retail and marketing in the U.S. Tovit keeps us on-track, on-time and on-the-ball all the time!

Nathaniel Benchemhoun

Innovation Lead

Nathaniel has become a mover and shaker in the innovation world by creating meaningful business relationships and managing an extensive network. Prior to joining Cockpit, Nathaniel provided innovation consulting services to global Fortune 500 companies and advised start-ups on strategic challenges and how to overcome them.

Board of Directors

Xavier Rossinyol

Director, Gategroup CEO

Ido Biger

Director, EL AL CIO & CDO

Advisors

Shachar Markovitz

Advisor, GM Fin-tech NI

Miri Danai

CEO

Miri brings vast experience in creating commercial impact between technology companies and global corporations, along with investment management and M&A processes. Previously, Miri has served technology industries as a Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at SOSA, Comverse and Forum Film. 

Oz Eliav

Director of Investments

Oz is the wizard of finance! Before working for Cockpit, Oz was part of the investment team at Entrée Capital, a leading VC in Israel, the United Kingdom and U.S., and previously an Associate at PWC. His extensive experience in investment management helps him lead our venture capital activity and develop an extraordinary start-up portfolio.

Nathaniel Benchemhoun

Innovation Lead

Nathaniel has become a mover and shaker in the innovation world by creating meaningful business relationships and managing an extensive network. Prior to joining Cockpit, Nathaniel provided innovation consulting services to global Fortune 500 companies and advised start-ups on strategic challenges and how to overcome them.

Tovit Meir-Lahav

Marketing and Operations Manager

Tovit has extensive operations experience in many management roles. She was previously the Head of Operations at SOSA, and COO at Alcide.io, a data center security start-up, and has over a decade of experience in retail and marketing in the U.S. Tovit keeps us on-track, on-time and on-the-ball all the time!

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I really like working with the Cockpit team, they are very responsive and innovative, the partnership is good, they have ideas that promote the travel tech, which is very important, a normal fund understands money, they understand both money and the travel market which is very unique, terms like GDS, DCS are no stranger to the cockpit team and that’s what I was looking for in a partner.
Meir Hadassi Turner
Founder & CEO, AeroCRS
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Our experience with Cockpit has always been great. A lot of smart people, with meaningful insights and a wide network of connections that are always available for us, when we need them.
Eran Shust
Co-Founder & CEO, Splitty
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Embarking on a journey of entrepreneurship can get very lonely sometimes. This is why it is critical to have the right traveling companion, that is what we found in Cockpit. They have never stopped supporting, providing and pushing us to new boundaries, and most importantly with a true passion and commitment to the success of the company that went way beyond normal working hours (7 AM breakfasts with Oz during weekends became a norm)
Udi Segal
Founder & CEO, IntellAct
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Cockpit has provided new revenue streams, while significantly reducing company expenditure. This relationship has created great business impact for our company.
Nimrod Borovitz
Former VP of Strategy & Innovation, EL AL Airlines
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The partnership with Cockpit constitutes a unique bridge to the global ecosystem of startups in fields that are relevant to us, as well as access to new markets and leverage for Boeing’s research and business development activities.
Brian Schettler
Senior Managing Director, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
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We wouldn't have the ability or opportuntiy to view and reach out to Israeli start-ups the way that Cockpit provides them to us. They have vetted them very professionally. This process has brought huge value to Lufthansa Group.
Dr. Jorg Liebe
Senior Director Digital Innovations, Lufthansa Group
Cockpit has helped us connect with Airlines and OEMs, as well as providing us with expert guidance in the unique business processes of aviation. The fact that Cockpit is an actual part of these industry leaders is a huge advantage which adds legitimacy and experience to their operations.
Gideon Shmuel
CEO, ePlane