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Vertex Ventures Israel, TLV Partners Are Israel’s Busiest Venture Firms in 2018

Vertex Ventures Israel, TLV Partners Are Israel’s Busiest Venture Firms in 2018

According to a new report published Tuesday, the two venture firms each made 11 first investments in Israeli companies last year

Hagar Ravet  :  2019-01-30T13:27:11..
Vertex Ventures Israel and Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm TLV Partners were Israel’s most active venture capital firms in 2018, according to a new report published Tuesday by Tel Aviv-based research firm IVC Research Center in collaboration with Israeli law firm Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co. Both Vertex and TLV Partners made 11 first investments last year, more than any other venture firm investing locally. Vertex, which has $960 million in assets under management, was named most prolific venture firm for the second year in a row, having made 12 first investments in 2017.

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Coming in second with nine investments each in 2018 were CE Ventures, an Israel-based venture fund backed by Chinese peer-to-peer lending company CreditEase, which has been active in Israel since 2015; Tel Aviv-based automotive fund Next Gear Management Ltd.; and MizMaa Ventures, a venture fund based in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Israel.

Tel Aviv. Photo: Bloomberg Tel Aviv. Photo: Bloomberg Tel Aviv. Photo: Bloomberg
Israel-based Pitango Venture Capital, Brazil’s Rio Ventures Holdings, Israel-focused Silicon Valley venture firm UpWest Labs, and Tel Aviv University’s venture arm TAU Ventures each completed eight first investments in 2018.

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Altogether, venture capital firms active in Israel made 503 first investments in local companies in 2018, compared to 533 in 2017. Out of these investments, 60% were made by four firms. According to the report, there are currently 211 foreign venture capital firms active in Israel.
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