TEL AVIV Feb 12 Israeli companies received
first investments from 90 venture capital funds in 2012, with
the most active being Carmel Ventures and a fund controlled by a
Hong Kong tycoon, according to Israel Venture Capital Research
Nineteen Israeli and foreign VC capital funds made three or
more first investments last year.
Carmel, an Israeli VC fund, made 11 first investments in
2012, up from only three in 2011. It was followed by Horizons
Ventures, controlled by Hong Kong's Li Ka-shing - who also
controls Hutchison Whampoa - with 10 first investments.
Israeli funds Genesis and Gemini each made seven first
"Israeli and foreign venture capital fund activity clearly
demonstrate that the market is thriving and filled with
players," said Marianna Shapira, IVC's research manager.
"At the same time, most first investments in the last year
were relatively small. This reflects a certain caution that
investors are applying in their activity, trying to fully assess
a company's potential before committing substantial funds."
(Reporting by Tova Cohen)