The latest from the Startup Nation: the list of biggest Jewish innovation influencers is out; 6 foodtech companies to sample; Visa won’t need a work visa when it opens an R&D center in Israel; and more…

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OurCrowd CEO: We’ll reach raising $1B annually 

Serial entrepreneur and investor, Jon Medved, is the man behind OurCrowd’s innovative investment model. This unconventional model has proven to be succeeding in raising impressive sums for Israeli startups, primarily for young companies. Since 2013, OurCrowd has invested a total of $120 million in 70 start-up companies in various fields. Medved believes that in 2015 alone, $120 million will be invested through OurCrowd, and his ambitious goal is to reach investments totaling $1 billion annually. Learn more.

OurCrowd & Portfolio Companies in the News

A pinch of salt and a dash of innovation: 6 great foodtech startups from Israel

What if that next big thing in tech… lands on your plate? Israelis are passionate about technology, but they are even more passionate about food, and when gastronomy meets technology, anything is possible. The rapidly growing foodtech sector is changing the way we think about food and drinks, and the Startup Nation is set to soon become a powerhouse for foodtech startups. Are you hungry for innovation? Feast your eyes on these 6 Israeli foodtech companies. See the full list.

Most influential Jewish innovators and entrepreneurs

The Jerusalem Post has put together its annual list of ’50 most influential Jews’ who have impacted the world last year, and have the potential to affect change in years to come. The list also includes some of the most influential Jewish innovators and entrepreneurs who present a compelling snapshot of the Startup Nation, such as Shimon Peres, Michael Bloomberg, Jon Medved, Sheryl Sandberg, and more. Meet the leading influencers.

Wikimedia Hackathon 2016 to take place in Jerusalem

Wikimedia Engineering Community has chosen the Wikimedia Israel (WMIL) team as the hosts for next year’s international event. The Wikimedia annual development community meet-up — the Wikimedia Hackathon — focuses on prototyping, teaming and accelerating the development of new ideas for the Wikimedia Foundation. Learn more.

Credit card giant Visa opens Israeli R&D center

International credit card and finance firm Visa is opening a startup R&D center in Israel. With the move, Visa joins fellow credit card firm MasterCard, which has been working in Israel for over four years. But Visa has not been avoiding Israel, the brand new Visa Europe Collab fintech hub recently opened its second branch in Tel Aviv. Learn more.

OurCrowd’s News Nuggets

  • Man or woman? New Israeli tech uses smartphones to find out (Times of Israel)
  • The Cyber Nation: Israel emerges as global cyber superpower (Ha’aretz)
  • What is ‘FinTech’ and why is Israel so good at it? (NoCamels)
  • Israeli text-to-video startup, Wibbitz, raises $8M (e27)
  • 12 top ad-tech companies in Israel (Israel21c)

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