Easy access to funding for high-tech
In addition to the "National Priority A Area" investment grants and tax benefits of up to 20%, funding for startups is readily available in Yokneam. Three startup incubators and three banks are located in Yokneam. To make funding more accessible to companies in the Startup Village area, Israel's largest bank placed its high-tech investment center for northern Israel in its Yokneam branch.
Poalim Hi-Tech is the technology banking arm of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest financial institution. Poalim Hi-Tech offers specialized financial services, tailored to meet the unique needs of the Israeli High-Tech sector: start-ups to established tech companies, Incubators, Accelerators and Venture Capital Funds.
Headquartered on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd, the vibrant new heart of Israel’s start-up scene, Poalim Hi-Tech’s team of specialized bankers, led by industry veteran
Yossi Vinitski, operates its northern Israel branch in Yokneam.
Poalim Hi-Tech clients benefit from its powerful network within the Israeli high-tech ecosystem,including technology investors and service providers. Bank Hapoalim’s international presence and depth of banking services - investment banking, private banking, Fund of Funds vehicle and Fintech Program - are all part of Poalim Hi-Tech’s network and its tailored client services.
Leumi Group is the leading financial group for the high-tech industry in Israel and includes ten dedicated and skilled commercial banking teams with over 80 bankers spread out across the country, and in high-tech hubs around the world.
Bank Hapoalim is Israel’s largest financial institution. When it opened a department dedicated to the unique needs of the Israeli High-Tech sector, it located its headquarters on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd and its northern Israel branch in Yokneam.
FIBI Bank specializes in providing general and premium banking services to large and mid-sized business customers, as well as to households and private businesses. The Bank's strength is based on skilled and experience personnel, applying innovative technology and state of the art computer logistics systems, among the most advanced in the world.
Alon MedTech Ventures is active in the initiation and growth of young high-tech companies in the medical device arena. Alon MedTech is engaged with novel technologies that improve people’s well-being and quality of life.
The OpenValley network offers inspirational co-working spaces for entrepreneurs, startups and innovation pioneers, creating co-operations and partnerships through networking and mentoring and providing assistance with business development and funding processes. The founders and mentors also help with fundraising tactics, introducing residents to potential investors and partners and organizing professional knowledge and training events.
OpenValley Yokneam work space covers 1,000m2 and holds up to 150 seating spaces.
Terralab Ventures is dedicated to finding and growing the technologies and innovation that will make tomorrow that much brighter. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship, technology and operational excellence. We harness this power each day by investing in and growing game changing ventures that have the potential to influence millions of lives and positively impact the world.
Our team works closely with entrepreneurs to jumpstart ideas and achieve business objectives. We aren’t just there to finance, we wan to get our hands dirty with you and really make things happen.
Youdim is an innovative pharmaceutical company and incubator inspired by the life achievements and reputation of Professor Moussa Youdim. Youdim Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceuticals company and incubator that specializes in the development of therapeutic and diagnostic solutions in the areas of neurological disorders and cancer.
The incubator is led by Professor Youdim together with a highly experienced and professional management team and Advisory Board. Its mission is to develop successful companies in the pharma and diagnostic fields by utilizing the capabilities and proven scientific genius of Professor Youdim, his ability to access global pharmaceutical executives, investors and key opinion leaders, and the team’s business knowhow and track record for success in promoting science-based startup companies.
The company’s leadership has vast scientific and business know-how, as well as experience transforming science and research-based ideas into valuable businesses and opportunities. With Professor Youdim’s proven track record for successfully screening startups and recognizing potential, an ‘entry card’ into Youdim Pharmaceuticals means a higher probability of future success for both inventors and investors.
In addition to local investment channels, VCs from outside the area have been investing in the companies located in Yokneam. These include:
The private investment fund of the Barkat and Rakavy families, the BRM Group is a unique and proven player in the entrepreneurial landscape. When you choose to work with BRM, you can expect to enjoy the optimum balance between hands-on support and guidance and a sincere respect for your management style and strategic vision. That’s because, more than anything, BRM believes that value is grown through trust and cooperation. ColorChip is one of the companies that BRM invested in.
Gemini is a leading Israeli venture firm specializing in early and seed stage investments in technology companies in sectors that include mobile, digital media, enterprise software, online services and semiconductors. Among other companies, it invested in ColorChip and Mellanox
Israel Growth Partners (IGP) is a Private Equity investment firm founded by two of Israel’s most experienced global tech leaders with the backing of leading financial institutions including banks, insurance companies and pension funds. IGP's mission is to provide growth capital, strategic guidance and hands-on involvement to Israeli-related technology companies. ColorChip is one of the companies that IGP invested in.
Israel HealthCare Ventures (IHCV) is a venture fund that operates much like a long-term investment company. It pursues a hands-on, personal and informal approach, providing portfolio companies with professional advice, ongoing management support and an extensive network of contacts throughout the global medical and financial arenas. It currently invests in both Rewalk and Invasix in Yokneam and was a former investor in Syneron.
JAL invests across several technology sectors including Internet, SaaS, eCommerce,Security & Defense. The fund’s sweet spot lies between Pre-A and A rounds of investment when companies are already at the stage of early revenues and have a clear technology advantage. Its portfolio includes Fornova.
With over $1.6 billion under management and investments in over 180 companies – Pitango is Israel’s leading Venture Capital Fund. Pitango is a venture capital firm that invests in both young and mature companies in various sectors of IT and Life Siciences. Pitango's portfolio includes a number of Yokneam companies, including: 3DV Systems, Carambola, Galil Medical, Kaminario, and Surf Communications.
Previz is a venture capital fund investing in innovative technology companies in the Medical Device and Healthcare ICT (information & communications technologies with healthcare applications) sectors. The fund invests in early stage companies, post proof-of-concept, at initial or approaching commercial stage, with scalable solutions, targeting large underserved markets. Rewalk in Yokneam is one of the companies that Previz invested in,
ProSeed invests in companies from seed to IPO and is not limited to a specific investment sector. Our specialty, is companies that require early stage financial support on one hand and developed technology companies with initial revenue on the other hand. Rewalk in Yokneam is one of ProSeed's investments.
Sequoia is a family of separate investment funds and other entities. Sequoia Capital's focus is to help build enduring companies that will change the way we live, work and play. Kaminario in Yokneam is one of the companies that Sequoia Capital invests in.
Tamar Ventures looks for technologies with identifiable and sustainable competitive advantages, such as demonstrated technological leadership, proprietary products, low-cost production and/or favorable distribution channels. They invest primarily in: Communications & Networks, Software & IT, and Semiconductors. EZChip Technologies (now part of Mellanox) and Biosense Medical in Yokneam are two of the companies that Tamar Ventures invests in.
Teuza invests in Venture companies in the fields of IT, software, communications, electronics, medical equipment and healthcare in all stages. Teuza's investments are usually in the range of $500,000-$4 million, sometimes in multiple rounds. ADT in Yokneam is one of the companies that Teuza invested in.
Thomas, McNerney & Partners is a health care venture firm that invests in life science and medical technology companies at all stages of development. The firm is distinguished from other health care funds by the multi-stage investment expertise of its partners and their long, successful investment track records. Galil Medical in Yokneam is one of the companies that Thomas, McNerney & Partners invested in.
Vintage Investment Partners is Israel’s only active fund of funds, largest secondary fund and leading late stage co-investment group. Vintage currently has roughly $1.3 billion under management across eight funds and managed discretionary accounts. Vintage’s funds invest in Israel, Europe and the U.S. ColorChip is one of the companies that Vintage Investment Partners invested in.
Viola Group is comprised of focused separate independent best of class partnerships that invested in a number of companies in Yokneam, including ColorChip, EndoCross, Odin (acquired by Medtronic), and EZChip (acquired by Mellanox). These include: Carmel Ventures – a top tier Venture Capital fund; Viola Credit – a leading equity-based lending fund; Viola Private Equity – technology focused growth capital and buyout fund; and Viola Partners – an exclusive investment fund mainly for private investors. Each partnership operates independently while enjoying access to market and technology research and insights, global tier-one investors, superior investment opportunities, a global industrial network, and access to leading management and investment talent.The partnerships identify, partner with and actively support leading entrepreneurs and high potential, growth-oriented enterprises and investment funds.
2B Angels is a venture fund, investing in companies that are in the seed to post series A stage. The core strategy is to look for strong founders the fund can partner with; customize the support, value add and mentorship to develop a sustainable and repeatable high growth business. 2B Angels focus on innovation in the digital, communications and cyber worlds and typically take a lead investor position and make follow on investments as needed. A significant part of the early stage technology investment activity is carried out within the Explore. Dream. Discover technology incubator, which is owned together with Plus Ventures.
AfterDox is a group of smart angels that invests in early stage Israeli companies. Our mission is to help them grow, prosper and achieve value-creating business outcomes. AfterDox’s partners are all current and former top executives – from Amdocs and from other leading high-tech companies. Together we represent over 1.500 years of cumulative experience in the high tech market we provide access to a huge network in the global software, media, telecommunications, and internet industries. CallVU and Knowmail are among the Yokneam companies in their portfolio.
Liberty Global is the world’s largest international cable company with market-leading operations across 14 countries. Liberty Global Ventures, a subsidiary of Liberty Global, makes investments in early stage companies offering products and services that support Liberty Global’s business strategy and broader industry initiatives. Our portfolio includes companies in the content, technology and distribution space. All our investments are scalable across international markets and leverage Liberty Global’s operating resources to drive superior investment returns. These investments are managed by a dedicated team of professionals located in Silicon Valley, London, Denver and Amsterdam. CallVU is one of the companies in their portfolio.
PLUS Ventures is the first multi-vehicle early-stage investment firm, allowing us to tailor the right investment suited for you.
We specialize in Israeli and Israeli related early stage, fast growth technology and media ventures.
Our mission at Plus Ventures is to take a hands-on approach and help great entrepreneurs create great companies.
In addition to, and as important as, straight-up cash, we put our long-term expertise, skills, and ecosystem to work with and for our portfolio companies
Our initial investment is just the beginning of a long, exciting journey we take together with the entrepreneurs we invest in.
Plus Ventures has been one of the most active early-stage investors in Israel and plans to continue to be a dominant player in this field for years to come.
We’ve been empowering businesses to engage their customers since 2005. In fact, our visionary, cloud-based technology helped us become Israel’s first billion-dollar Internet company. In 2010 we founded Como (formerly known as Conduit Mobile), and we are now pioneering CLM (Customer Loyalty Management) with our end-to-end solution, Como Premium.
Como Premium features a customized, branded mobile app and management console that integrate customer engagement, smart loyalty programs, autopilot tools, dynamic content, actionable business data and insights, and social interaction—all in one modular, infinitely flexible platform. Trophit is one of the companies that Conduit has invested in.
Trophit is one of the companies that SkyWind Software Group invested in.
Curious Minds is a startup that builds other startups. You can think of Curious Minds like a factory for building lean start-ups. Some call us “Venture Builders.” We’ve created really big companies (including TeleSign) and we've created a few companies that were acquired (Ringadoc, Brand Reporter). We've also created a few promising companies including a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist (ShowKit). CM's focus is on developing and launching seed and early stage companies. We research ideas for new companies thoroughly. We design and architect experiments to test our assumptions. We build prototypes and MVPs. And when applicable, we create teams that develop our most promising products into independent companies. Trohit, IsItYou, and E2C are all among the companies that Curious Minds invested in.