Tagged: israel

Changing Tide: Israel Securities Authority Chair Looks to Embrace Initial Coin Offerings

At the beginning of 2018, a new Chair took over at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA). Anat Guetta took over the executive position from Shmuel Hauser. Recently, Guetta has indicated a more welcoming approach when it comes to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto in general…. Read More

Edgybees Raises $5.5 Million Backed by OurCrowd, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, 8VC, Aspect Ventures and NFX

Edgybees has raised $5.5 million in seed funding backed by leading global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd along with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, 8VC, NFX, and Aspect Ventures Edgybees has created augmented reality (AR) technology that may utilized on drones and other vehicles designed to help… Read More

Israeli Supreme Court Protects Digital Currency Exchange: Crypto Exchange Should Not Be Banned Sweepingly

The Supreme Court of Israel intervened in a decision by an Israeli bank and ruled that it cannot extensively block the activity of the crypto stock exchange. The Court noted that the bank’s fears and attitudes toward the crypto industry were unfounded speculations. Supreme Court Justice… Read More

Fintech Pagaya Receives $75 Million in Debt Financing from Citi

Pagaya Investments, a Fintech company in the asset management space, has received $75 million in debt financing from Citi. Simultaneously, Pagaya announced the creation of the “Opportunity Fund” to meet growing institutional interest in consumer credit as an asset class. Launched in2016, Pagaya has raied… Read More

OurCrowd, Along with Three of its Portfolio Companies, Recognized as World’s Most Innovative Companies

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform, and three of its portfolio companies that have raised capital on the OurCrowd platform, have been recognized as the World’s Most Innovative Companies as part of the annual Fast Company list for 2018. The top ten companies in… Read More

New Spin on Real Estate Crowdfunding Launched as StraightUp Has Skin in the Game with “No Bull” Investing

StraightUp, a new real estate crowdfunding platform that puts a new spin on property investing, has launched to provide investors “unbeatable opportunity” to invest in New York City property developments. Incubated by HAP Ventures – a New York real estate development company, StraightUp is described… Read More

Stox Nears Public Launch as Beta Version Released of Blockchain Based Prediction Engine

Stox, a Blockchain based prediction network, has launched a “risk free beta” version of its site it has labeled “Sun Tzu” in honor of the Chinese New Year. Stox is desiged to be an open source Ethereum based prediction market where users can make their… Read More

OurCrowd Leads the Way in Global Investment Crowdfunding

OurCrowd is arguably a vital variable in the rise of Israel’s claim to be the leading nation when it comes to entrepreneurial innovation. The country has established itself as a hotbed for early stage tech firms in a diverse array of sectors. Today, most all… Read More

OurCrowd Predicts Tech Trends for 2018

OurCrowd, one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the world, held their annual summit at the International  Convention Center in Jerusalem this past week. Beyond the presentations by the many cool tech startups that make up their portfolio companies,  OurCrowd took a moment to… Read More

Israeli Private Individuals Investing on OurCrowd Now Entitled to Significant Tax Deductions

Today the OurCrowd Global Summit 2018 opens in Jerusalem, Israel, reportedly the largest equity crowdfunding event in the world, and the largest investor event in the entire Middle East. The event will bring together Corporate partners, including GE, Honda, DuPont, Samsung, entrepreneurs, global delegations from… Read More

OurCrowd Has Raised $650 Million for 145 Startups, On Track to Surpass $1 Billion in 2018

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform, has announced detailed results of its platform performance as it prepares for its annual OurCrowd Summit, an event that expects over 10,000 participants from around the world.  The Israel-based investment platform shared that, to date, OurCrowd has raised… Read More

OurCrowd Launches “Cognitiv” – a $100 Million Fund Targeting Early Stage Companies in AI, Robotics, IoT & More

OurCrowd, one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world, has launched a new $100 million global fund labeled “Cognitiv.” This specialized fund will focus on early-stage companies that leverage AI, IoT, robotics, digital manufacturing and more. Cognitiv is on a mission to fund tomorrow’s category… Read More

Head of Israel Securities Authority Says No to Bitcoin Listings, But Sees Promise in Initial Coin Offerings

Shmuel Hauser, the Chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, published a statement today addressing Fintech, Bitcoin and Initial Coin Offerings, in an extended comment on regulations and the changing financial landscape. Hauser stated; “From a regulator perspective, we want make sure that Fintech will not… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd to Hold Largest Investment Summit Ever as 10,000 People Expected to Attend

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform, says registration numbers have rocketed for its upcoming Global Investor Summit taking place on February 1st. OurCrowd reports that more than 10,000 individuals have registered for the event with participation from 80 different countries.  Participants also include over… Read More

Israeli Investment Firm Viola Secures $100 Million for Bank-Backed Fintech Fund

Israel-based Viola Investment Group announced on Wednesday it secured $100 million toward a target of $120-$150 million, for a new global FinTech fund. According to the company, this new fund is backed by selected leading global banks, insurance companies and asset managers, including Scotiabank, The Travelers Companies,… Read More

Japanese Insurance Firm Sompo Opens Fintech Hub in Israel

Property-and-casualty insurer Sompo Holdings Inc (8630.T) announced on Monday it has opened its fintech hub in Israel and claimed to be the first Japanese insurer to do so in a country. The company reportedly hopes to tap local expertise in digital and cyber-security technologies. According to Reuters, new… Read More

OurCrowd Backs Nexa3D, Maker of Professional Grade 3D Printers

OurCrowd, one of the largest equity crowdfunding platforms in the world, has invested in Nexa3D maker of ultra-fast Stereolithography professional-grade 3D printers.  OurCrowd was joined in the investment by XYZprinting bringing total investment to $10 million. As part of the investment, XYZprinting has agreed to manufacture… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Argus Cyber Security Acquired by Continental

OurCrowd portfolio company Argus Cyber Security was acquired by Continental in order to “enhance its capabilities in automotive cyber security.”  OurCrowd is one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the world. Argus claims to be the global leader in automotive cyber security with customers that… Read More

OurCrowd Builds Innovation Bridge Between Israel, Australia & New Zealand

OurCrowd, a global investment crowdfunding platform, has created an innovation bridge connecting Israel and Australia / New Zealand. The comments come during the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Be’er Sheva by the Australia New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC), and a visit to Israel by… Read More

OurCrowd Joins in Funding Klook Along with Goldman Sachs, Sequoia China & Matrix Partners

Klook, Asia’s largest in-destination services booking platform, has raised nearly $60 million in a Series C funding round.  The financing was led by Sequoia China which also led the Series B Funding. Goldman Sachs and Matrix Partners joined in the round. OurCrowd, a leading global investment… Read More