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Where Theranos Failed, OurCrowd Portfolio Company Sight Diagnostics Succeeds as FDA Clears Finger-Prick Blood Test

We all know the story of Elizabeth Holmes and the demise of Theranos, a company that claimed to have created a device that could provide fast and efficient blood tests. Theranos ended being a company based on hubris, imagination, and vapor. It eventually collapsed being… Read More

Estonia-based Crypto Trading Platform DX.Exchange Halts Operations Following a Petition Submitted by Company Employees

The company behind an Estonia-headquartered, Nasdaq-powered digital currency exchange DX.Exchange is reportedly halting its operations, after a petition submitted by its workers. CX Technologies, the Israeli firm that had been managing DX.Exchange’s operations, entered bankruptcy after 78 employees filed a petition against the exchange with… Read More

Financial Platform as a Service: Tarya Fintech Looks to Eliminate Middlemen Banks from the Equation

Tarya Fintech, a “financial platform as a service (F-PaaS), has launched its services internationally, according to a release from the company. According to its website, Tarya is part of the Tarya Holding Group, an international company operating an alternative investment platform in Israel, with two… Read More

KPMG’s Israel Division and Cybersecurity Protection Firm nsKnox Introduce Solution for Prevent Fraudulent Payments

nsKnox, an established provider of cybersecurity protection for business payment technology, revealed on November 21 that it has teamed up with Big Four auditing firm KPMG. According to a release, KPMG’s Israel division will serve as the global distributor and service provider of, KPMG Secure… Read More

Formerly Lending Express, “Become” Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding plus $2.5 Million in Venture Debt

Previously doing business as Lending Express, “Become” has closed on  a$10 million Series A investment round led by Benson Oak Ventures and Magenta Venture, supported by RIO Ventures Holdings, iAngels, and Entrée Capital. The company has also secured an additional $2.5 million in venture debt… Read More

Israeli High Tech Firms Raise Record $2.24 Billion During Q3, VC Poised for Record Year

Israeli high tech firms are having a gangbuster year when it comes to raising capital. According to a report published by IVC Research Center and ZAG S&W Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co, during Q3 these firms raised a record $2.24 billion for 142 different deals…. Read More

OurCrowd to Support “New Wave of Tech Collaboration” in Partnership with Toyota Tsusho

Global investment crowdfunding platform and Israel’s leading venture investor OurCrowd has partnered with the Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho), a member of the Toyota Group, which comprises of 17 companies including Toyota Motor. The new partnership will launch a new business that will act as… Read More

Stifel Takes Minority Stake in Global Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd, Plans Strategic Partnership

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) has taken a minority stake in global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. Details on the investment were not provided. The Israel based investment marketplace is the largest of its kind in the world having received over $1.28 billion of investment commitments while… Read More

Fintech Pagaya Closes on ABS $200 Million, Tops $500 Million in Total Issuance: “Pagaya Pulse” Uses AI to Deliver Returns

Pagaya has closed on a $200 million consumer credit asset-backed security (ABS) fully-managed by its AI. This transaction is Pagaya’s largest to-date and the fourth this year, bringing the Fintech’s issuance to $515 million in the first nine months of 2019, according to a note… Read More

Insurtech Air Doctor Receives $3.1 Million in Seed Funding

Air Doctor, an Insurtech for travelers to find local doctors, has raised $3.1 million in seed funding, according to a company release. Air Doctor states that insurance companies will no longer need to collect receipts and reimburse patients with their cash-free service. “By focusing on… Read More

OurCrowd Backed “New Space” Company NSLComm Signs Multi-Million Dollar Contract

OurCrowd backed “new space” company NSLComm has signed a multi-million dollar contract with a “large multinational entity.” NSLComm has developed an “expandable” nano-satellite solution as a solution to the global demand for increased connectivity. NSLComm’s solution is said to represent one of the largest leaps… Read More

OurCrowd Partners with Finistere, Tnuva & Tempo to Launch Fresh Start Foodtech Incubator

OurCrowd, Israel’s most active venture investor and leading global crowdfunding platform, has partnered with Finistere, Tnuva and Tempo to launch a NIS 1 billion (~ USD $ 283 million) Foodtech incubator in Israel.  “Fresh Start” was officially launched at an event this week. OurCrowd announced… Read More

The Largest Equity Crowdfunding Event in the World: OurCrowd Plans Global Investor Summit

Leading global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has had a stellar year. Multiple portfolio companies have IPOed’ or been acquired providing positive outcomes for platform investors. As Crowdfund Insider reported earlier this year, OurCrowd has topped USD $ 1 billion in committed capital making perhaps making it… Read More

OurCrowd Invests in Cartica AI Series B Funding Round

Cartica AI, a leading Israeli autonomous AI mobility startup, has closed on a Series B funding round for an undisclosed amount. Investors included leading investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd alongside BMW i Ventures, Continental, and Toyota AI Ventures. Cartica expects to use the funds to launch… Read More

Goren Holm Ventures Backs Innovesta as Part of $2.7 Million Funding Round

Innovesta, a women led startup that provides a decision-making platform for the benefit of both accredited and non-accredited investors, has raised $2.7 million in a funding round with participation from investors in both Israel and the USA. Draper Venture Network Member Goren Holm Ventures (GHV)… Read More

Colu Gives ICO Money Back: Apparently, Companies Can Do the Right Thing Without a Regulator Telling Them What to Do

Colu Group Offers to Buy Back ALL Tokens Issued in ICO The key role and responsibility of financial regulators is to identify and correct market deficiencies that have an adverse effect on investors and end-clients. For this reason, regulators are especially sensitive to corporate conduct… Read More

Israel Capital Markets Authority Expected to Expedite Fintech Licenses to Boost Innovation

According to a report, the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Authority of Israel is seeking to expedite the approval of Fintech licenses including blockchain-focused firms. Calcalist reports that the Authority is “working quickly to arrange licenses for Fintech companies” as it aims to boost innovation… Read More

Colu Group Offers to Buy Back ALL Tokens Issued in ICO, Does Not Use Blockchain Tech for Current Projects

This is something you do not see that often – a company offering to buy back all of the tokens (CLN) issued in an initial coin offering. Colu DLT, a subsidiary of Colu Group based in Gibraltar, has issued a release stating it will “voluntarily… Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Beyond Meat Reports Net Loss of $9.4 Million, Valuation Stands at $13 Billion

Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND), a company that has had beyond fantasy run following its initial public offering earlier this year, reported Q2 earnings today. According to the company, operations generated revenues of $67.3 million, an increase of 287%, and a net loss of $9.4 million or… Read More

Fintech Lending Express Rebrands as Become

Lending Express has changed its name to Become. In a blog post, the Fintech said the rebranding was made to represent a shift as the company wants to “become bigger and better — to become more.” Lending Express’s primary goal has been to help business… Read More

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