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In the News: Who’s craving private investments?

Can you taste it? The talk this weekend was Beyond Meat’s IPO, debuting on the Nasdaq (BYND) last Thursday, exceeding expectations. In this Bloomberg interview, OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved explains that for us, it’s not just about another exit – it’s that individual investors got access to Beyond Meat before it went public by investing with OurCrowd.  Meanwhile, read on about another hot topic, BOL Pharma and Israel’s cannabis tech scene: BOL Pharma grows in a favorable climate that made Israel leader of $100B medical cannabis market. Two big sectors join to create new solutions: how self driving tractors and AI are changing agriculture, featuring Taranis in Forbes. Startup Nation and beyond Read this Israeli tech overview, including, “Israel has even invented a new type of venture capital, with a crowd-sourced venture fund named OurCrowd.” Israel’s High-Tech paradise: Built by the IDF, increasingly looking to Arab-Israeli talent. Hillel’s Tech Corner: Holograms saving lives; captures the essence of RealView Imaging’s amazing new tech. Israel announces its participation in World Expo 2020 in Dubai; the Foreign Ministry welcomes “the opportunity to… present Israeli innovations and trailblazing technology in.. water, medicine and information technology.” Top...

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‘This Is Not A Sausage’: Plant-based proteins sizzle with startups like Beyond Meat (BYND)

Last week, OurCrowd portfolio company Beyond Meat made its Nasdaq debut (BYND). The company is the first venture-backed ‘meat alternative’ startup to go public. If you haven’t already been, it’s time to pay attention to what is going on in this industry. Startups creating plant-based proteins are upending the meat industry by appealing to vegans and omnivores alike, while dramatically cutting energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions. The numbers don’t lie. Meat-free, meat-less, “flexitarian” eating is filling stomachs across the globe. So much so, that investors who hedge their bets on the next big thing are having a hard time arguing with a 20% growth margin in one year alone.  A recent report from the plant-based foods industry claims sales topping $3.3 billion in 2018. A new report out of the UK notes that it added an additional 200 million vegetarian and “meat free” dinners in the past year. In Australia, “vegan” was one of the country’s most searched Google terms in 2019. In the US, six to eight million Americans have completely eliminated meat, according to a recent Harris...

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