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In the News: Meet the sports startup funded by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic

Breaking all previous records, Israeli companies raised $3.9B in a brilliant first half of 2019 – let the good times roll! Congrats to Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who, together with SoftBank, is an investor in sportstech startup PlaySight; who better to back the immersive sports video and analytics tech connecting the next generation of athletes. Learn more about PlaySight, which we’re currently investing in.  Startup Nation and beyond Check out unicorn Klook in Forbes: Klook’s nomadic cofounder turns wanderlust into a $1 Billion enterprise.  “Venture-backed financing for advanced technologies grew 223% in 4 years, placing the Jewish state third globally after the US and China, Start-Up Nation Central says.” Israeli startups to play key role in the fourth industrial revolution.  Top tech news this week Check out unicorn Klook in Forbes: Klook’s nomadic cofounder turns wanderlust into a $1 Billion enterprise.  “Venture-backed financing for advanced technologies grew 223% in 4 years, placing the Jewish state third globally after the US and China, Start-Up Nation Central says.” Israeli startups to play key role in the fourth industrial revolution.  News from...

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Doing well by doing good: Impact investing & the OurCrowd Impact Fund

The heart of social entrepreneurship is developing ideas that can solve problems and turn a profit. The global impact ecosystem is starting to take shape. Investments can be powerful. When successful, they can benefit both investors and the invested. Money poured into a business that takes off provides job opportunities and helps the economy grow while investors recoup their money and make a profit too. If that is the capital of investing, then why not use it to improve not only the lives of people involved in business, but everybody else as well?  Investment can help solve problems facing communities, regions and the world. Impact investing is a way for investors to use their capital to bring about positive social and/or environmental change, coupled with a financial return – and it is a type of investment that OurCrowd embraces and promotes. With impact investing, we hope to use the power of investing to bring about positive change for many of the issues facing humanity. And given demographic trends, government cutbacks and a greater need than ever for solutions, we...

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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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‘Hope is A Global Thing’: Nas Daily shares an impact message

If you haven’t already encountered Nuseir Yassin, better known as video blogger Nas Daily, he’s the guy who has probably popped up in your Facebook newsfeed a few times over the last few years. Nas travelled the world for 1,000 days, uncovering impactful stories and sharing viral videos about them for millions of followers to enjoy. More recently, in his OCSummit19 plenary session, “Hope is A Global Thing,” Nas spoke about what drove him to change his stable trajectory and follow his passion, ending up an expert and world-renowned storyteller – and how the ability to tell a story can impact global innovation. I am convinced that opportunity exists in…every country and it is our responsibility as creators to showcase this stuff and your responsibility as investors is to invest in this stuff, the things that actually make the world a better place. – Nuseir Yassin, Nas Daily  Plus, check out his 1-minute (get it?) interview with former BBC correspondent Anna Kingsley to hear more of Nas’ insights: If you haven’t seen Nas Daily in the wild, check out Nuseir’s channel....

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In the News: Watch the future of healing, live, on March 7th

Heavy investment activity rings in 2019 in Israel, including funding rounds for Syqe Medical, TytoCare, Hailo, Foretellix, Celeno and CrediFi. As we look ahead to March 7th, the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit will celebrate how in today’s globalized climate, startups are able to amplify their know-how to tackle the critical, complex challenges facing society. We were proud to be featured in Globes this weekend (Hebrew). P.S. did you know Jerusalem was named the fastest-growing tourist destination of 2018? We are doing our part as 15,000 are expected to register to the Summit, of which 45% currently ticketed are from overseas…Grab your spot if you haven’t already. Startup Nation and beyond Nanomedic will change the way that millions of burn patients are treated—watch their live demo on March 7th at the OurCrowd Summit: Groundbreaking Israeli medical device, Nanomedic, treats burns without ever touching the patient. Robotaxis: can automakers catch up with Google in driverless cars? With the aim of doubling the number of female-led initiatives supported by the authority within two years, Israel Innovation Authority Launches Grant Program for Female-Founded Startups. Top tech news this week  Healthcare…Monitoring with PKG System Helps Change Care in Nearly a Third of Parkinson’s Cases, Real-World Study...

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