Israel has become famous as a leading source of innovation. Its coastal high-tech region, known as ‘Silicon Wadi’, empowers pioneering technologies in medicine, media, Internet, cyber-security, water technology, agri-tech, financial technology, telecom and more.
Most of these cutting-edge companies were hatched as startup ideas, which is why Israel is widely referred to as ‘the Startup Nation’.
Israeli startups are an attractive proposition for stakeholders – bringing life-saving and quality-enhancing advances to the world, and may generate significant for their investors.
Crowdinvesting uses the collective power of a large group or ‘crowd’, who pool financial resources together to support a specific project. In equity crowdinvesting, the supporters become investors, and their funding of a business or project is in exchange for equity, with the objective of making profits on exit.
These equity crowdinvesting campaigns provide entrepreneurs a large spectrum of investors, from retail investors and professional, sophisticated investors. Essential financial are often organised by angel investors, high-net-worth individuals with the prior experience in spotting future successes while they are still in the embryonic private stage,before they go public on the capital market.
Equity Crowdfunding, however, is simpler and more accessible for investors than the traditional angel framework. You manage your investments online, quickly and securely. Any time you want to check on the progress of your project, you can log onto an organised portal with ongoing reports and self-manage your portfolio of investments.
Ourcrowd, iAngels and ExitValley are the top players in Israeli equity crowdinvesting.
OurCrowd, which launched in 2013, is ranked as Israel’s leading global equity crowdinvesting platform. With close to 20,000 investors from over 112 countries, the platform has invested over $440M(£341M) into 120 portfolio companies and funds. Founder and experienced entrepreneur, John Medved’s crowd funding know how has earned OurCrowd international recognition as ‘one of the largest crowdinvesting organizations on the planet’ (Forbes), and hands down the most successful equity-crowdinvesting platform in the world’ (Bloomberg Business Week).
IIn 2016, iAngels raised $50 million and invested in over 60 startups. In July 2017 alone, the platform tracked 31 announced deals totaling $515M, alongside 10 acquisitions for a disclosed $801M.
From hundreds of Israeli companies every month, iAngels selects only two of the most promising, which haven’t yet been showcased at investor forums. A diverse range of options is offered to iAngels crowdinvesting participants to increase investor success.
ExitValley, launched in 2015, specialises in locating promising tech startups which can be funded by small investors, from £1000. Similar to that of Seedrs and Crowdcube, EV’s advantage is the full crowd platform allows you to handpick the tech startup you want, allowing everybody to invest in companies i.e. the ‘full crowd’ has access to invest in campaigns, therefore not limited to accredited / sophisticated investors.
As of early 2017, ExitValley completed 10 investment cycles in Israeli startups with a total of NIS20M (£4.3M).
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