Turns out, 2015 was a great year for OurCrowd’s first fund!

We are proud to announce that OurCrowd First, our seed fund for investing in early-stage Israeli and global ventures, has been named Israel’s most active micro venture capital fund in 2015, according to the latest IVC-APM report by the IVC Research Center and APM & Co. Law Firm.

shoval and yoriManaged by serial entrepreneurs Eduardo Shoval and Yori Nelken, OurCrowd First takes a hands-on investment approach, leveraging the rich startup experience of its General Partners to provide meaningful, substantial guidance to our portfolio companies.

We are delighted that OurCrowd First has, in its first year of operation, become the most active micro VC in Israel. This highlights our commitment to providing seed capital to the growing cohort of Israeli entrepreneurs.” ~  OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved

IVC-Logo-252The report analyzed the most active venture capital funds according to the number of early stage investments made in Israeli companies during 2015. OurCrowd First topped the list with seven first investments from its 2015 $10M fund. To date, OurCrowd First has built a highly diversified portfolio of 10 carefully vetted early-stage companies.

“We are seeing an unprecedented number of high quality seed investment opportunities in Israel… I have been active as an entrepreneur and investor here for the last 20+ years and am impressed not only with the sheer number of companies, but also the high quality of companies and teams approaching us for funding.” ~ Yori Nelken, General Partner at OurCrowd First

OurCrowd accepted the recognition at an event last night in Tel Aviv. Check out OurCrowd’s Head of Online Business, Shai Ben-Tovim, collecting the prize on behalf of the team:

Shai Ben-Tovim accepting OurCrowd First's award

About OurCrowd First

OurCrowd First invests up to $500K in seed and Pre-A investments in high-growth sectors including the Internet of Things, industrial energy, mobile, augmented reality, 3D printing, and medical big data. These investments are generally made alongside major investors including Artis Ventures (YouTube), Khosla Ventures, Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce) and BRM Group (Checkpoint).

OurCrowd First’s Portfolio

  • Invertex: Pioneering customized 3D scanning technology and leading the way to consumer-based, instant product creation.
  • CAPESTER: The first and only video authentication platform that empowers you to right everyday wrongs.
  • MPIRICA: Provides patients and self-insured employers with a simple and trustworthy measure of medical quality.
  • Missbeez: This app brings beauty specialists to the door of the busy modern woman.
  • Turbulent Energy: Patented technology for increased efficiency and dramatic emissions reduction for combustion of fuel oil or natural gas.
  • Zebra: Teaching computers to read medical imaging files, one algorithm at a time.
  • Stringify: The app connects physical and digital ‘things’ to help automate devices in the world of Internet of Things.
  • Rimoto: App providers keep users connected while they travel by providing them with specific, free data streaming connectivity to their own apps.
  • PushApps: Enriched push notifications with content recommendations, images and cross-sells, personalized and relevant to message context.
  • TechSee: Patent pending visual support technology leverages mobile, machine vision, deep learning and augmented reality to transform the technical support experience.

For more updates and information, visit the OurCrowd First website.