Foreign VCs surpass Israeli funds in first investment deals, reports new data

According to data released by the IVC Research Center, which analyzes Israel’s private equity and venture capital industries, the number of local VC funds making their first investment in Israel in 2013 were greatly outnumbered by foreign VC firms doing the same. The IVC reports that 84 foreign VC funds made at least one first investment in Israel in 2013, an 11 percent increase from 2012.. However, only 38 Israeli VC funds made at least one local first investment in 2013. Further, the IVC says that of the “255 first investment deals made in 2013, only 111, or 44 percent, were made by Israeli VC funds.”

Israeli Private Equity Keeps Pace in Third Quarter, But Values Drop

Private equity deals in Israel fell dramatically in value if not in terms of pace in the third quarter, according to new data out of the IVC Research Center. Sixteen deals, valued at $272 million, were completed, according to the firm’s data. Meanwhile, in the second quarter of this year, 14 deals were sewn up at a collective value of $1.6 billion.

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

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