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.