“1,000 people from all over the world took part last week in a Jerusalem conference on the Internet investment platform OurCrowd.”
Jerusalem, Israel December 16, 2014: OurCrowd was named the top equity crowdfunding platform in KPMG’s recently published The 50 Best Fintech Innovators Report, reaching the number #22 spot overall. This report, which provides deep analysis of the rapidly evolving fintech industry worldwide, identified 4 other equity crowdfunding platforms in the top 50 including: CircleUp (#23), AngelList (#35), Crowdcube (#46) and Seedrs (#47).
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With over 1 million apps available on the platform, Google Play is the world’s largest app store. Each year, Google sifts through the multitudinous apps they offer and puts together a list of the best Android apps of 2014.
The strong presence of Israeli apps across the industry’s various lists and rankings over the past few years reflects the continuous growth and advancement of the Startup Nation’s mobile ecosystem. Besides being very useful additions to anyone’s collection, these photo & video editing, finance, and social apps represent the finest of Israeli mobile app innovation.
Here is the Made-in-Israel edition of Google Play’s list of the best Android apps of 2014:
Money Tracker by BillGuard
OurCrowd portfolio company, BillGuard is a personal finance security company harnessing the collective knowledge of millions of consumers to protect everyone from unwanted and unauthorized charges on our credit card bills. BillGuard scans your card activity daily and alerts you to hidden charges, billing errors, misleading subscriptions and scams found by others. Here’s what the company itself had to say about being named best app in 2014.
Founded in 2013 by a team of veteran entrepreneurs, Samba takes traditional video messaging and kicks it up a notch. With the app, users can send videos to friends and see their genuine reactions captured as they view it.
Facetune by Lightricks
Developed by Israeli startup Lightricks, Facetune is a mobile app that enables every smartphone user to create high-end portraits from everyday photos – turning regular users into retouch pros, enabling them to easily achieve magazine-level results with their pics.
Video Collage Maker by Scoompa
Founded in 2011 by Google veterans, Scoompa‘s mission is to create mobile applications in a scalable way, creating predictable revenue streams. The Israeli company’s Video Collage Maker allows users to select photos used to create a beautiful short video collage (grid of photos).
As the world’s #2 startup ecosystem, it’s not surprising to find Israeli companies on Google Play’s list of Best Apps of 2014. Israeli startups have always been at the forefront of business and creativity, finding new ways to leverage technology for the better. OurCrowd is extremely proud of its portfolio company, BillGuard, for achieving a spot on Google’s list.
Even as 2014 comes to a close, the general expectation of Israeli startups continues – their success will carry on straight through 2015. Hundreds of Israeli apps are launching into the market right now and OurCrowd has ringside seats for seeing what’s trending right now and finding the best investment opportunities the Startup Nation has to offer.
What a week in Israel tech and innovation: Investors, VCs, entrepreneurs and others came together from 27 countries for the first-ever Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem. Beyond this unprecedented celebration and education on investing opportunities in the Startup Nation, we present 10 Israeli startups to watch this new year, a biotech company founded to save a boy’s life, the Israeli ‘sci-tech’ schools, and the way Israel plans to turn its Davids into Goliaths for a change.
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OurCrowd sees $4M invested in 24 hours at Global Investor Summit
OurCrowd announced that over $4 million had already been invested in the first day of its Global Investor Summit, which brought together nearly 1,000 participants from 27 countries to Jerusalem. The conference opened December 9th with welcoming words by OurCrowd Founder & CEO Jon Medved and Mayor of Jerusalem and former venture capitalist Nir Barkat. Read more about the Summit and sign up for updates on Global Investor Summit 2015.
OurCrowd in the News
- OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved discusses the “beating tech heart” of Israel with CNN’s Richard Quest
- OurCrowd’s Global Investor Summit was featured in The Jerusalem Post
- OurCrowd’s Danna Mann discusses the Global Investor Summit on Voice of Israel
- Jewish Business News featured OurCrowd’s portfolio companies Highcon & Appforma
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company ReWalk featured in CNN Money
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company BriefCam featured on Bloomberg TV
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company Consumer Physics featured in Tech in Asia
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company Bizzabo featured in TIME
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company Freightos featured in Fast Company
- OurCrowd’s portfolio company Apploi featured on ABC 7 New York
10 Israeli startups to follow closely in 2015
Of the thousands of Israeli startups vying to become global businesses, only a small percentage of them will make it to the big leagues. Everyone wants to bet big on the next Waze, Wix, or Outbrain. So which ones are on the verge of greatness? Here are some up-and-coming Israeli startups that Ben Lang, the creator of Mapped In Israel, believes you should watch closely in 2015.
Ilan Ganot founded biotech company – Solid Ventures – to save his little boy
In 2012, Ilan Ganot’s son, Eytani, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare disease whose potential treatments tend to languish in the lab for lack of funding. Ganot doesn’t know much about medicine but he does know finance, so he quit his job at JPMorgan and founded a for-profit company, Solid Ventures, aggressively devoted to identifying, acquiring and developing therapies for the genetic disorder.
Seeds of ‘Startup Nation’ cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools
Top students in Israel gain beyond-their-years access to top military tech at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school. Run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, more than 300 students get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air vehicles (drones). They then move on to the air force for state-mandated military service, most likely returning to the aviation industry—often back to IAI, the campus they once called “high school.” Learn more about Sci-Tech schools.
The scale-up nation: Israel turns its Davids into Goliaths
Recent talk about the Startup Nation has focused less on the super-abundance of startups and more on the scarcity of big successful companies. While it’s tempting to dismiss the talk of a “scale-up nation” as hype, reforms and exits show that one should not underestimate Israel’s capacity for patience, one of its hidden secrets, in business as in much else. Israelis laboriously laid the foundations of the high-tech boom and they will be equally painstaking at ensuring that the land of Davids can produce its share of Goliaths. Here’s the story.
OurCrowd’s News Nuggets
- Allflex Group acquires Israeli dairy tech firm SCR for $250M (Globes)
- CyberSec Nation: Why Israel leads the world in protecting the web (NoCamels)
- Israeli modem chipset startup, Sckipio, raises $17M (VentureBeat)
- Israel’s social investment network, eToro, raises $27M (Finovate)
- Israeli nano-GPS powers ‘selfie’ nano-drone (Times of Israel)
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OurCrowd portfolio company BillGuard was listed by Forbes as one of ’15 Fintech Startups To Watch In 2015′. BillGuard identifies fraud and “grey” charges, which cost consumers over $25B annually, by analyzing crowdsourcing transaction data from its millions-strong user base.
BillGuard began in 2010 as a service to alert users to hidden fees charged by their banks and credit card issuers. The company earned $3 million of funding on the strength of that product. Since then, it has expanded (and raised another $10 million) to become a nearly comprehensive fraud monitor and spending tracker. Its iOS and Android apps push warnings to your devices when something’s amiss, so you don’t have to worry as much about failing to diligently check all of your monthly statements. To date, BillGuard claims it has raised the red flag on over $60 million in suspect transactions for its users.
Read more on Forbes here.
On December 9-10th, OurCrowd hosted its inaugural Global Investor Summit, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding conference. On the eve of the event, OurCrowd CEO Jonathan Medved was interviewed by Richard Quest on CNN’s “Quest Means Business.”
In the interview, Jon discussed the future of the Israeli economy in the Startup Nation, the country’s innovative technology sector, how Israeli startups create jobs and benefit the entire world, and the upcoming Global Investor Summit — where over 1,000 of our investors and entrepreneurs converged to learn more about OurCrowd’s platform and our unique investment opportunities.
View the video below or play it on CNN here.
Jerusalem, Israel. December 10, 2014: OurCrowd announced that over $4 million has already been invested in the first day of its Global Investor Summit, which brought together almost 1,000 participants from 27 countries to Jerusalem.
Read more here.
OurCrowd portfolio company BriefCam, a developer of video analysis software that is capable of creating synopses of long clips and identifying and tracking objects and activities, was featured on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.” In the interview, BriefCam CEO & President Dror Irani speaks with Elliott Gotkine about the company’s latest security tool that condenses an hour-long video summary of an area into one minute and the launch of a version in an app for personal use in smartphones.
View the video on Bloomberg TV here.