Globes: Gil Shwed wins first-ever Israel Prize in high-tech
The Check Point cofounder and CEO has been awarded Israel’s most prestigious prize in the newly formed technology category.
Israel’s Minister of Education Naftali Bennett today announced that Gil Shwed, cofounder and CEO of cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), had won the Israel Price for high tech. “In Israel’s 70th year, I introduced a new category for the Israel Prize: high tech,” Bennett wrote on his Twitter account. The Ministry of Education announced that special prizes would be awarded for industry, immigrant absorption, agriculture, and settlement.
In his Twitter announcement, Bennett added, “I was delighted to notify Gil that he had won the prize. Gil Shwed is the Startup National pioneer. His story is the story of Israeli high tech. As a graduate of the 8200 IDF intelligence unit who founded Check Point, he blazed the trail and served as an inspiration for me and for Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs. He is doing his share for education in Israel.”
The selection committee, which was chaired by Shlomo Dovrat, also included Ran Meidan and Eilon Tirosh. The committee explained its selection by saying, “Gil Shwed, founder and CEO of Check Point, is a pioneering source of inspiration and exemplary in his ability to shape innovative technologies and a success and prosperous multinational to this day in Israel.
“Shwed’s contribution to Israel in the development of the high tech industry has been important for nearly 25 years. His company is a leader in information technology and cybersecurity, and has created thousands of jobs, while demonstrating worldwide the excellence of Israel’s human capital.
“Shwed engages in significant and extensive public activity to promote leadership and excellence among talented young people, with an emphasis on the socially outlying areas and his contribution in fostering the future generation in Israel. Gil Shwed’s influence on Israeli society and global technology is enormous. He has become a figure worthy of imitation in Israel and all over the world.”