Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Ltd. was named the most active venture capital investor in Israel in a ranking
published by Seattle-based market research company Pitchbook Data Inc. on Friday. Pitchbook examined the number of deals in Israel in which each venture capital firm took part in since the beginning of 2016.
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OurCrowd took part in 32 deals during the period. Second place was shared by Magma Venture Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, and Vertex Ventures Israel, a member of global venture fund network Vertex Venture Holdings, with 17 investments each.
Founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd allows accredited investors from over 150 countries to make micro-investments in pre-vetted startups. Around 70% of the firm's current portfolio companies are Israel-based, but it has been steadily increasing its global reach.
So far in 2018, Israeli startups have raised 1.25 billion euros in nearly 200 deals, which amount to about 68% of the total capital raised last year, according to Pitchbook data. Among the largest investments made in Israel since the beginning of the year are Landa Digital Printing’s $300 million deal and Trax Image Recognition’s $125 million deal, both announced in June, and eToro Group Ltd.’s $100 million announced in March.
Next on Pitchbook’s list were Jerusalem Venture Partners and San Francisco-based angel group Keiretsu Forum with 16 deals, Israeli mobility tech fund Maniv Mobility, life sciences-focused fund Pontifax, and Tel Aviv-based crowdfunding platform iAngels Crowd Ltd. with 14 deals, Menlo Park-headquartered Bessemer Venture Partners, Israel-based StageOne Ventures and Tel Aviv-based Aleph Venture Capital with 13 deals. New York-headquartered venture capital firm OrbiMed Advisors LLC closed the list with 12 investments.