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.
Following are three top players in Israeli equity crowdfunding.
OurCrowd, which launched in 2013, is ranked as Israel’s leading global equity crowdfunding 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 crowdfunding organizations on the planet’ (Forbes), and‘hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world’ (Bloomberg Business Week).
IAngels has grown rapidly since its launch in 2014. In 2016, it 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 crowdfunding 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).EV are not seeking investment from the UK for their Israeli startups at this stage, however they welcoming investment into their UK Expansion crowdfunding campaign.