Israeli tech exits hit $6.94 Billion in 2014

A new report by IVC Research Center and law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal found that 99 Israeli high tech exits reached $6.94 billion in 2014 up 5 percent from $6.59 billion of 2013 (90 exits). The IPO activity in 2014 reached a 10 year peak, to $2.1 billion. 18 companies sold in the range of $100 million to $500 million, compared to 12 in 2013 and the M&A equity ratio is up sharply. Continue Reading

Thank you Israel for welcoming our British startup (Guest post)

Guest post by Daniel Abrahams, founder of CurrencyTransfer. I’ve always been intrigued by the success of the ‘Startup Nation.’ In this post, I want to share my story. That of a British startup which naively arrived for three months in Tel Aviv and hasn’t looked back since. Continue Reading

HTIA 2012 – 18 startups present in Israeli accelerators demo day

During HTIA 2012, for the first time ever, 18 startups from three of Israel’s all-star startup accelerators (DreamIt, The Junction and Microsoft Accelerator) gave five minute pitches to a full house of technology enthusiasts and the like. Continue Reading

HTIA 2012 – The Current VC Vibe in Israel

“Financing in Times of Uncertainty” Roundtable Session, HTIA 2012 Conference by IATI

On a macro level, VC funding for the most part hasn’t really changed. We’ve seen some pretty good years recently, with VC funding in Israel reaching an all-time high in 2011 at a record $2.2 billion in VC investment. While overall this is quite impressive, only 24% of VC investment in Israel actually came from Israeli VCs. Continue Reading

Zeev Holtzman: Israeli VC is on the verge of collapse [but wait, there’s more]

Zeev Holtzman, founding partner of Giza Venture Capital and founding member of the Israel Venture Association (IVA), cautioned that “Israel’s venture capital and startup industry is heading for collapse. The industry, which is the economy’s growth engine, is liable to be irreversibly damaged”, in a recent interview to the Venture Capital Journal Continue Reading

Highlights from the Q3 2010 Israel MoneyTree Report: Investments Still Growing Amid Foggy Conditions

The Q3 2010 MoneyTree report for Israel was published yesterday with somewhat encouraging results: VC investments in Israel continue to grow and some $253 million were invested in VC-backed tech companies in the third quarter, representing a 23% increase compared to the previous quarter and a 42% compared to the same period last year which only saw $178 million invested. Continue Reading