“Jon Medved, deal maker, high net-worth individual and founder of crowdfunding venture OurCrowd was in Australia again last week speaking to clients of investment bank Evans and Partners about the advantages of equity crowdfunding.”
Leading technology website, TechCrunch, featured OurCrowd portfolio company Bizzabo. Constructing interactive event-groups, Bizzabo utilizes social media in order to facilitate the dialogue between event organizers and guests.
Networking and event app Bizzabo has raised an additional $2.5 million in funding, the New York- and Israel-based startup announced today.
Bizzabo, which says it has been used to organize 4,000 professional events, plans to use its new funding to add new features. It will rollout a new event management platform later this year.
Read more on TechCrunch here.
“Global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has launched a new initiative to showcase Israeli innovation. The campaign has been titled #WhatsYourBigIdea and is part of the growing recognition of Israel being a hotbed for creative startups and entrepreneurs.”
OurCrowd portfolio company Cimagine was featured in Bloomberg News, a premier site for top headlines on international business news, world markets, global economy, finance and politics. Cimagine hopes to boost sales and increase consumer confidence by providing a mobile platform on which to visualize merchandise three dimensionally in their intended locations.
The online-shopping software developed by Cimagine allows people to walk around their homes with a mobile device, and see how a sofa or coffee table would look in each room.
The system combines live imagery, taken with a smartphone or iPad, with 3-D pictures of furniture to present a realistic recreation of your living room with stuff you may or may not be able to afford.
Read more on Bloomberg News here.
Have you ever had a flicker of inspiration? A moment in which you knew you were going to change the world with one simple thought? And then, for whatever reason, that great thought just… didn’t really go anywhere? There are a lot of reasons to let those inspiring thoughts pass you by, to ignore them, and to move on. Our own thought? Don’t let your thought pass. Let it become an idea. Let it become your idea, and then let it change the world. Inspiration comes not only in opportune times, but also in the most unexpected.
Here at OurCrowd, we see hundreds of brilliant ideas each month, and it’s our job to choose the greatest and support them on their route to success. These innovations make the Startup Nation what it is today, brought together by the brightest minds and strongest wills. We want to celebrate these ideas, and we want to inspire you to pursue yours.
We are launching our #WYBI? campaign to showcase some of the world-changing ideas that have sprouted from Israel over the years. OurCrowd hopes these ideas will encourage you to share your big idea with the world and make it come to life. Through images, podcasts, videos, and text, we are going to post with a purpose – to inspire your passion and light your creative fire.
Every big idea once started as that flicker of inspiration, and now is the time to let the flicker stay lit. Over the next month, we’ll be sharing big ideas daily. For your daily dose of innovative ideas, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
So we want to know: what’s your big idea?
Submit ideas for consideration below or on our website, israelideas.com and see them shared across our social media streams.
OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved published a guest post on Microsoft Ventures’ blog about the three core trends that are impacting the early stage startup market right now.
The Israeli startup ecosystem is chugging along full steam ahead, on pace to make 2014 a record breaking year. So far, 37 Israeli companies have either floated on public exchanges worldwide or have been acquired by large multinational corporations. In addition to the successful exits, 335 Israeli high-tech companies attracted $1.6 billion in venture capital funding, an 81% increase from 2013.
Here is another OurCrowd infographic breaking down the first half of 2014 in numbers.
OurCrowd launched a new webinar series called ‘Teach-In Tuesdays’. In this series, we’ll explore investing in early-stage Israeli companies, identify and explain influential tech trends, stay up-to-date with the crowdfunding industry, and examine actionable insights from our own experience running OurCrowd’s investment platform.
This past Tuesday, we held a webinar as part of the OurCrowd Teach-In Tuesdays series on the recent trends and opportunities in the dynamic financial technology industry. Webinar hosts Zack and Mick have both helped build some of the top companies in the space including Seeking Alpha, Covestor, OurCrowd, BillGuard, Lending Club, SigFig and more.
Topics covered in the webinar:
- How top investors and entrepreneurs think about the entire fintech value chain, from online asset management, to financial content, to consumer finance apps, and crowdfunding
- Which business models are taking hold and their future prospects
- The challenges and opportunities for investing and building a valuable company in the financial space
To stay updated on future events and the best news from the Startup Nation, sign up for our newsletter, email us, and follow us on social media.
View the FULL program
Download/view the presentation
Inc., a leading website and magazine focused on growing companies, put together a list of 10 tech companies, ranging from early stage startup to post IPO, that are affecting humanity with brilliant technology and execution.
“Social entrepreneurship,” “benefit corporations,” “social enterprises,” and “impact investing” are just a few of the terms that have been invented to help describe and define the growing trend of businesses that are trying to do good at the same time they watch their bottom lines.
Out of the 10 startups listed by Inc., 7 of them are Israeli companies fresh out of the Startup Nation. Besides being very useful technological innovations and business opportunities, these representatives of the crème de la crème of Israeli innovation are making the world a better place while generating a solid ROI along the way.
Here is the Made-in-Israel edition of Inc.’s list of the 10 Tech Companies Helping Humanity:
Founded by a team of medical doctors and Internet industry veterans, Telesofia Medical provides automatic health literacy solutions to empower patients and save health care costs. The company’s platform allows healthcare providers to automatically generate personalized educational videos for their patients, in a way that is friendly, easy to understand and accessible on any device. An alumnus of Microsoft’s Israel Accelerator program, Telesofia has raised $1.5 million in funding and is in talks with chain pharmacies.
Surgical Theater has developed software that combines the science of flight simulation with advanced CT/MRI imaging technology to allow surgeons to perform a 3D “flight simulation” of surgery before the actual operation. Its Surgery Rehearsal Platform (SRP) is uniquely positioned as the only commercial, patented and FDA cleared platform for cerebral and spine pre-surgery rehearsal on the market. SRP reduces the costs of operations, and existing research indicates that surgeons’ use of virtual reality and simulators improve outcomes and minimize risk in complex surgeries.
Started as a project at the Jerusalem College of Technology in March 2013, ZUtA Labs developed the ZUtA Pocket Printer- a Mini Mobile Robotic Printer- that allows people who work on the go, also to print on the go, using a small and mobile printer that can print on any size paper. In April 2014, the company has raised just over $500,000 from Kickstarter to fund production.
Founded in 2010, Umoove has developed technology that enables people to control computing devices with eye and facial movement. This delivers an additional layer of interaction to complement touch in the most natural way. The technology also enables a better understanding of user attention and interest, based on deep analysis of eye movement. Earlier this year the company released a demo-game onto the iTunes App Store.
ReWalk’s exoskeleton device is a world-class walking system that allows paraplegics to bring walking into their daily lives once again, providing them with an independent, natural walking experience that enables numerous social, psychological, and physical benefits. ReWalk founder Dr. Amit Goffer was inspired to develop the ReWalk exoskeleton unit because of his own personal story. Dr. Goffer is quadriplegic who’s goal was to develop a product that would enable persons with spinal cord injuries to walk again. Founded in 2001, over the past decade ReWalk has grown from a small research and development startup based in Israel to an international company with headquarters in the US, Germany and Israel.
Founded in 2010, Appsfire is building new mobile advertising tools that better fit ads to mobile content and to users, while reducing the clutter of unwanted banners. Appsfire is also a mobile app recommendation and marketing engine, helping app publishers and consumers find each other.
Developed with media and medical experts, Totali LLC’s TotallyPregnant packs everything expectant moms want to know, share, or buy into one mobile app. The app takes parents-to-be from Week 1 to Week 40 with 3-D animations of fetal development, video blogs from pregnant couples, and even online birthing classes. It dispenses pregnancy and birthing information and holds all relevant scans and documents for easy perusal on desktop, tablet, or smartphone, while at home or in the obstetrician’s waiting room.
As the world’s #2 startup ecosystem, it’s not surprising to find that so many Israeli companies were included on the list. Israeli startups have always been at the forefront of business and creativity, finding new ways to leverage technology to help solve social problems. OurCrowd is extremely proud of its portfolio companies, ReWalk and Surgical Theater, for being part of the Israeli representatives trying to change the world for the better at great scale.
After a great first half year of 2014, the success of Israeli startups is expected to continue, and OurCrowd has a great ringside seat for seeing what’s trending right now and finding the best investment opportunities the Startup Nation has to offer.
OurCrowd portfolio company ReWalk, developer of the FDA approved ReWalk exoskeleton device, was featured on CBC News Network’s “The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.” In the interview, Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary talked with ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski about how the exoskeleton invention provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with a spinal cord injury to stand upright and walk.
Improvements in motion sensing technology and the advent of improved computers and batteries helped create a more natural form of motion that is not so difficult to learn for paraplegic users, Jasinski said.
“What Dr. Goffer did, he took the concept of using a motion sensor where the person can use their own body to tell this thing how to walk,” he said.
Read more and watch the segment on CBC News here.