Hey there! Welcome to Fresh Spot - a quarterly newsletter from the team at fresh.fund. We have lots of news to share this quarter so let’s jump right in…
Remilk - One of Israel’s most talked about venture deals in 2020 closed its $11.3M series A led by fresh.fund. Some of the world's premier food tech investors including German dairy company Hochland, CPT Capital, OurCrowd, Tnuva, and Tempo have also participated 🤓🥛!
R2 Wireless - Just three months after making our initial pre-seed investment in R2 Wireless (a monitoring and surveillance platform for critical infrastructure and smart cities 🏙️) fresh.fund participated in a follow-on investment as part of the company's seed round led by a group of strategic angel investors.
Zorba - Founded by Or Priess, Kobi Mantzur, and Itai Preiss, Zorba is a CRM platform tailor-made for small real estate investment businesses, allowing for an investor to manage her entire workflow. We’re excited by the promising early signs of traction, the roster of strategic investors joining the round, and the underserved growing market segment. Good luck, guys!
😇 Portfolio Highlights & Opportunities
GiantLeap joins Tmura! The company has made a donation of options to the community in the hope of sharing upside with society. We hope that many more companies join this meaningful initiative as well. For more information check out this video or this article, and/or email Baruch Lipner.
Tailor-Ed has grown their user-base by 30% in the last quarter, rolling out 9 new pilots in Australia. Super proud 😁
Wishingwell (formerly Pennywell) signed a 2-year contract with Magen David Adom, onboarding 30,000 volunteers onto its Volunteer Rewards Platform.
🎓 University Partnerships
We are delighted to welcome two new university partners to the fresh.fund network - TheHebrew University of Jerusalem & Ariel University. 👨🏽🎓👩🏻🎓
At Shenkar, we concluded our ACT as an Investor course with 25 alumni now looking to take their first steps in the startup / VC ecosystem.
At the University of Haifa we concluded our second fresh.ed cohort and look forward to welcoming its graduates as analysts at HIL Fund, The University of Haifa’s student-led venture fund. We also hosted our first vertical-focused event at the university in partnership with the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, Joy Ventures & The Israel Innovation Institute.
At the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design we teamed up with the 212 Innovation Program to hold an investor day where we offered feedback on the ventures participating in the program.
At Ben Gurion University we joined an event in partnership with Wize & Cactus Capital on student-led venture funds with hundreds of participants.
We’re excited to welcome Oded Barel to the fresh.fund team. Oded will focus on strengthening and developing our relationships with academic institutions and entrepreneurship platforms affiliated with the academic ecosystem. Before joining fresh.fund, Oded led Jerusalem's first startup accelerator and served as Executive Director at Jnext. We’ve been flirting with Oded for years and we’re so happy he finally took us up on our offer!
An impact driven Family Office, based in Tel Aviv, is looking for a full-time analyst with global equity research experience.
Resumes to: email@example.com
Eagle point is hiring a full time (including US hours) Business Communications Specialist / Community Leader for their Jerusalem Office. If you are a native English speaker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a startup founder and you’re interested in paying it forward we’re excited to recommend the CanGive Pledge. Founders who sign commit to donate 2% of their future personal earnings following an exit to benefit any social organizations or cause, of their choice. Joining the CanGive community will also grant a you access to number of networking and learning opportunities, which shouldn’t be the reason you join, but are certainly a great cherry on top 🍰🍒
OurCrowd is hiring for a number of junior investment positions. Info here.
Our friends at Deloitte Catalyst Tel Aviv are hosting a digital session on Feb 9th titled Technology, Media, Telecom (TMT) Predictions 2021. This year’s nine Predictions highlight how trends in technology, media and telecommunications are being driven and altered by the global pandemic’s economic and societal impacts. Register here and read the predictions here.
💭 Interesting content
The new episode of the Experts Series on the podcast “Not Just Students” features Nurit Kantarovich from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Haifa (HIL - Haifa Innovation Labs), where she is responsible for the HIL Investment Fund. In this episode, Natanel and Nurit discuss the world of intra-university venture capital & the multiplicity of positions in academia (APPLE | GOOGLE | SPOTIFY | YOUTUBE | IDC RADIO SITE)
We came across this great piece by NFX - The non obvious guide to fundraising. We think this is a great resource for anyone raising a round!
We loved this piece by Vintage’s founder and Managing Partner Alan Feld in The Marker on the role universities can and should play in developing innovation in Israel.
Fresh Spot is from the home of fresh.fund and is by Zaki Djemal and Michal Ner-David. Zaki is the founder and Managing Partner at fresh.fund and Michal is anything community and partnerships. You can stay on top of our most recent updates and opportunities by following us on Linkedin & Facebook.