Asian investment in Israeli tech may be growing,
but the majority of corporate backing for local tech companies still comes from the U.S., according to a new report by Tel Aviv-based research firm IVC Research Center.
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So far in 2018, U.S. corporates invested some $253 million in Israeli tech companies, with European investors responsible for $229 million and Asian investors accounting for $196 million, according to the report published Monday. U.S. corporate investors poured $369 million into Israeli tech in the whole full year 2017, with Asian investors spending $289 million and European investors responsible for $280 million in investments.
According to the report, corporate investment accounted for 18% of all funding for Israeli tech companies so far this year. Most of the corporate capital went into IT, software, and life science companies. The number of corporate investment deals has grown steadily over the past five years, from 32 in 2013 to 64 in 2015 and 77 in 2017.
The most active corporate backers of Israeli tech since the first quarter of 2017 have been Intel Capital, Dell Technologies, GE Ventures, Liberty Israel Venture Fund LLC, Qualcomm Ventures, and Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC).
The most substantial corporate investments since early 2017 had been German chemical company Altana AG’s $300 million investment in Landa Digital Printing, a division of Landa Corporation Ltd. It is followed by the $250 million that Israeli ridesharing startup Via received from automakers Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz, SAIC Venture Capital, and Hearst Ventures, and by GE Ventures’ $150 million investment in medical device company InSightec.