Leading US corporation says “everyone wants Israeli companies,” Japanese investments and acquisitions in Israel total $791, India’s Anthill Ventures opens startup accelerator in Tel Aviv, and much more!

By Michael Ordman


Everyone wants Israeli companies

Nvidia’a CEO Jensen Huang celebrated his company’s takeover of Israel’s Mellanox with an event at Tel Aviv port. He declared, “One of the things I’ve learned about Israeli companies is that everyone wants them.”

Japan invests in Israel

Involvement by Japanese companies in Israel have surged recently. In 2018 Japanese firms’ investments and acquisitions relating to Israeli startups and tech firms totaled some $791 million in 28 deals. https://www.timesofisrael.com/japanese-investment-in-israel-blossoms-as-firms-scout-for-tech/

Indian accelerator to invest in Israeli startups

India’s Anthill Ventures is to open a startup accelerator in Tel Aviv. Anthill has recently raised $10 million to fund the accelerator and is looking to invest up to $1 million per company in Israeli startups with the potential of successfully entering Asian markets.

New record for currency reserves

Israel’s reserves of foreign exchange at the end of March stood at a new all-time-record of just over $118 billion.

Israel’s air tourists

This article highlights the surge in visitors to Israel, from 2.9 million in 2016 to 4.1 million last year. New airline services are announced almost weekly. E.g. El Al will soon add Las Vegas, San Francisco and Chicago to its direct routes from New York, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.

TAP Portugal flies daily from Tel Aviv to Lisbon

TAP (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) Air Portugal has launched a direct daily flight service from Tel Aviv to Lisbon.

Discounted shopping at Dead Sea mall

A new mall at the Dead Sea offers both Israelis and tourists products at prices less the Value Added Tax amount. The cost of the rebate will be footed by the developer of the mall. Overseas tourists will be able to claim a double discount as they can still get a VAT rebate on many items.

OurCrowd fund for medical innovation

Israel’s OurCrowd has launched the OurCrowd Medtech Fund. The $50m fund will focus exclusively on investing in disruptive medical technologies and therapeutics with the potential to transform global healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

Elbit has vision

Elbit, one of Israel’s largest companies, is acquiring the night vision business of American technology company Harris Corporation for $350 million. The night vision unit generates annual sales of $150 million to $160 million. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3759889,00.html

Silicon Shtetl

Seven Haredi startups (Camdoc, YieldsApp, Ideeza, Emerj, Menivim, TakeOver and LiST).will take part in Calcalist’s New York conference on April 10-12. They are all members of an accelerator program run by non-profit KamaTech, working to integrate Israel’s ultra-Orthodox population into its tech industry.

Share a ride to the airport

El Al has launched Taxipool – a free smartphone service that allows passengers of any airline to share taxis when they reach their destination, including in Israel. Passengers register and are matched with others on the same flight and then directed by text or email to a secure anonymous chatroom.