Invest in Israel Newsletter – August 2013 Edition

As every month, VC Cafe is re-posting the “Invest in Israel” Newsletter, published by the investment promotion center of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which offers many helpful tools for prospecting investors.  This month’s top headline is that Israeli exits in 2013… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Startup Intelligence Tools List 2013


It used to be hard to find information about early stage startups. Team members (and their background), funding to date, metrics (not just the vanity metrics shared by management). VC Cafe collated the top startup intelligence tools for 2013. These include startup research, market size for startups, competitive analysis, startup maps Continue Reading

Israeli VC Fundraising In 2012 Down 30% but Micro VC Funds on The Rise

capital fund raised 2003-2012 IVC

We’ve been hearing that Israeli VC funds struggle to raise follow on funds, but the extent of their demise is now becoming clearer, and gloomier. A new report released by IVC Online, highlights that Israeli Venture Capital funds raised $607 million in 2012, 30% down from the previous year Continue Reading

144 Israeli startups raised $483 million In Q1 2012

Distribution of first and follow-on Israeli VC fund investments (%)

According to the latest IVC-KMPG quarterly survey published today, in the first quarter of 2012, venture capital investments in Israel rached $483 million, up slightly from the amount invested in Q1/2011. 144 Israeli high-tech companies raised $483 million from Israeli and foreign venture investors, 15% below $569 million raised by 124 companies in the previous quarter, but almost equal to $479 million raised by 140 companies in Q1/2011. Continue Reading

Exits in Israel 2011: IPOs Pool is Dry, Buy M&A Activity up 134%

Chart 2- Israeli High-Tech Companies- Capital Raised from Investors vs. Proceeds from M&As & IPOs (2002-2011)

On aggregate, putting a dollar into Israeli high-tech could yield you more than double the returns (if only these things worked on aggregate!). In the last decade, Israeli high-tech companies raised approximately $15 billion from investors, compared to more than $37 billion received in M&A and IPO exits, according to the latest IVC report. Continue Reading

Report: Only 3% of Israeli VC Investments Go to Seed

joint report by IVC Israel and KPMG, summarizes 2010 in Israeli venture capital. Israeli high-tech capital raising in 2010 reached $1.26 billion, 13 percent above 2009 level but the Israeli VC Fund investment share continues to decline. Continue Reading

The Golden Age of Israeli Startups: Mergers and Acquisitions (Part III)

The local high tech industry in Israel continues to provide exits for investors mainly through the M&A route, while the rest of the world struggles with IPOs. According to a recent study published by IVC Online, Israeli high tech M&A… Continue Reading