Tag: OurCrowd startups

Fighting Goliath: 5 Innovative Cancer Technologies Establish New Ways to Beat the Deadly Disease

2016 is turning into a year of many changes in science and medicine, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the field of cancer research. In January, US President Obama announced a “moonshot” for cancer. “Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” he said in his final State of the Union address, pledging to initiate a government-wide push to cure the disease as an analogy of the effort in the 1960s to send a man to the moon. The cancer moonshot is a $1B injection of cash focusing on new approaches. While the announcement of the president’s mission may have been somewhat unexpected, radical advances in science do provide new hope. Traditional approaches to the disease involve three main types of treatment for fighting cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. But today, cancer treatments are becoming more powerful, less toxic, and increasingly individualized — with researchers enlisting the help of the immune system in the body’s fight against cancer, and the emergence of new clinical trials and therapies. Here are some of today’s...

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The Startup Red Carpet (It’s our awards season, too…)

Earlier this week, people from around the world tuned in to watch the Academy Awards, or “Oscars,” an annual American awards ceremony that recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements. Inspired, we thought this would be a great opportunity to commemorate the excellence of some of our own startups and their innovative, technological achievements. Over the last few months, OurCrowd’s portfolio companies have received several awards in various competitions recognizing their innovative achievements in their respective fields and in the broader startup ecosystem. Here is a quick recap of some of our companies’ recent notable awards: Biocatch voted one of Fintech 100’s Top 50 Emerging Stars BioCatch was listed in the Fintech 100 report as one of the most intriguing 50 ‘emerging stars’ – exciting new fintechs with bold, disruptive and potentially game-changing ideas. The Fintech 100 report gives an in-depth look into those global companies that are taking advantage of technology and driving disruption within the financial services industry. The report is a collaborative effort between H2 Ventures and KPMG. The report also named OurCrowd the 10th most innovative Fintech company worldwide, a significant leap from last year when OurCrowd was...

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And the Geek Award 2016 goes to… OurCrowd portfolio companies!

Last week, leading Israeli tech blog Geektime hosted the 2016 Geek Awards, the first annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, entrepreneurs, and investors of the year in Israel. The team of judges that helped pick the candidates and winners in various different categories included leading experts and representatives from the industry, such as Saul Singer, Inbal Orpaz, Hilla Brenner, Assaf Gilad, David Shamah, and more. 5 of OurCrowd’s portfolio companies were nominated in four different categories (Engie was nominated twice!), winning two awards! Here is the breakdown of OurCrowd representation at the 2016 Geek Awards: Best Israeli IoT startup Both Engie and Argus were nominated in this category, with the latter taking home the prize! Other nominees included Sensibo, Earlysense, and GreenIQ. Argus Cyber Security is one of the first startups to address the security challenges inherent in connected cars. In October Argus, an Israeli firm focused on automotive computer protection, announced that they wrapped up a $26 million Series B funding round. Argus markets an embedded hardware that integrates with the car’s computing systems on the production line, acting like a standard...

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The Startup Nation crème de la crème: Notable awards, influencers, technologies, and more

Not for nothing is Israel the #2 startup ecosystem in the world: it has more high-tech startups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country. Silicon Wadi has become a world leader in startup success, and its numerous achievements have not gone unnoticed by the global community. Over the last month, Israeli startups have received a lot of recognition for their innovative accomplishments — from prestigious awards to competitions, and from top ranking entrepreneurs to international reports — in a variety of fields and in the broader startup ecosystem. These recent achievements reflect what turned out to be a stellar year for the Startup Nation in terms of investments, M&As, and technological breakthroughs. Here is a quick recap of some notable awards, influencers, technologies, and more from the past month: Eight Israeli companies included on KPMG/H2Ventures ‘2015 Fintech 100 List’ Investment firm H2 Ventures and KPMG recently published its second annual Fintech 100 report, spotlighting the leading global Fintech innovators. This list featured eight Israeli companies considered some of the most exciting startups reshaping financial services industry: OurCrowd, its portfolio company BioCatch, eToro, BLender,...

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Mobile Health: 8 Israeli Tech Trends, 8 Crazy Nights 2015 (8/8)

It’s that time of year! Join us for the next eight days for what’s become an OurCrowd tradition: highlighting during Hanukkah — the festival of lights – the top eight Israeli tech trends that spark the interest of our investment team and what they see on the ground. Trend #8: Mobile Health Behind the trend: For years, the business of health care has been the focus of much debate in the US. As costs of medical care increase, quality of patient care hasn’t followed suit. More and more individuals are looking to preventative care as a way of avoiding costly procedures and unnecessary medication. Naturally, greater availability of personal mobile devices make it so individuals can more easily take charge of their own well-being, from wireless-enabled wearable technology devices and sensors like Fitbit to personal fitness training apps and data trackers for smartphones. What’s up next: Mobile health, or mHealth, is all about the apps, and Israel is at the cutting edge of mobile health technologies. The industry in Israel has seen quite a growth spurt in recent years as Israeli entrepreneurs...

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