Israeli real time political risk evaluation startup GeoQuant has closed a $4 million seed round. The investment was led by Aleph VC and XL Innovate. Michael Eisenberg of Aleph VC and Martha Notaras of XL Innovate, will be joining the GeoQuant board.
The financing will be used to continue developing the company’s flagship software product, expand coverage areas and offerings, and grow its client base.
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GeoQuant co-founded by Mark Rosenberg, PhD, a Berkeley-trained political scientist and former Director Eurasia Group, and Dor Kelman, a computer engineer with deep experience in fast-growth Israeli startups, who was previously lead engineer and first hire at Crossrider PLC,.
The company headquarter is in New York and with a development office in Tel Aviv,
GeoQuant combines political science and computer science to address current inefficiencies in measuring political risk for investors, executives and other business decision makers. Most political risk analysis available today is ad-hoc at best, based on cherry-picked data that is rarely quantified, and provided by analysts who have limited bandwidth and access to information. This is an unsophisticated strategy for an increasingly interconnected world, where the impact of politics on markets and industries continues to deepen.
GeoQuant is the first to apply technology to this challenge, with a groundbreaking patent-pending software designed to scour the web for large volumes of reputable data, news and social media content. This data is then enhanced by an in-house team of political scientists and regional experts, generating daily country scores and other high-frequency indicators that allow for more robust benchmarking and pricing of political risks around the world.
“By combining our expertise in political science with cutting-edge technologies, we are the first company to systematically identify, quantify and track political risks in real time,” says GeoPulse cofounder Dr. Mark Rosenberg. “Our software is essentially a seismic monitor for global political risk. We provide investors with the tools to both anticipate the earthquake-like shocks of geopolitical instability, while monitoring the more frequent ‘tremors’ of shifting policies, regulations, social contracts and political coalitions.”
“We have been looking for opportunities to bring order to the political and institutional chaos affecting the world right now,” said Eisenberg. “Globalization of business and Foreign Direct Investment is increasing while at the same time the world is becoming less stable. It is critical that businesses understand these risks and opportunities and prepare for them with real data, not punditry. We are thrilled to partner with GeoQuant and are certain that they will significantly help global businesses through these rocky times.”
GeoQuant’s analytic tool kit will also soon be made available to investment funds, financial institutions, corporates and other global organizations concerned with tracking political risk, via a customizable platform that allows clients to tailor risks to their own portfolios and business objectives.