Most Active Israeli Investors Include Most Active U.S. Investors

The IVC Research Center, which tracks the Israeli venture capital scene, has just released a list of the most active investors in Israel in 2008, and it’s a bit reminiscent of the most active U.S. investors in 2008.

Greylock Israel, an affiliate of Greylock Partners, tops the list, having made nine new investments in Israel-based startups last year. Vertex, a venture capital firm that invests strictly in Israel, ranks second, with eight new investments in 2008.

In third place with seven new investments apiece are DFJ Tamir Fishman — a year-and-a-half year old affiliate created by the U.S.’s Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Israel’s Tamir Fishman, which focuses on early-stage IT, communications, and life sciences companies — and AguAgro, an early-stage fund focused on Israeli clean tech opportunities.

Last year, in Israel, 33 first-time investments, or 28 percent of what was invested throughout 2008, went to seed-stage companies, compared with 43 percent in 2007.

Israeli investors also shopped abroad. Indeed, 10 of those 33 seed-stage investments were made in companies outside the country, including four in China, all made by Infinity, an Israeli-Chinese fund that’s raised six funds since 1993.

More information is available here. For a full list of Israel’s most active investors, visit the IVC here.

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1 Comment

  • Hi Connie,

    Thank you for bringing this research to peHUB’s readers. It’s important to note that while DFJ Tamir Fishman is part of the DFJ network it is an independent fund, and that Greylock Israel is an Israel-dedicated fund. Both are run locally in Tel Aviv/Herzeliya, by Israeli partners, and are fully integrated into the Israeli startup scene. In other words they are as much “Israeli” as “American.” At the same time they clearly benefit from their relationships with their US counterparts, who are able to open up doors for them and provide market insight in the US. It’s the mix of “global flavor and local taste” – to borrow Tim Draper’s phrasing – that has made these kinds of relationships so popular.

    Best Regards,

    Jordan

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