While 2022 may have been a year of the international financial crisis, Israel Startup Nation set records raising an aggregate of $13.9 billion. Israeli funds broke a record by raising $3.9 billion, compared to the years 2022 and 2021 in which they raised 2.7 and 2.3 billion respectively.
About two hundred investors, innovation managers and leading entrepreneurs gathered for the annual meeting at the “Trends and Forecasts” conference, in an attempt to predict how high-tech will be affected by the continued crisis in the markets in the coming year and to discuss whether it is already possible to plan the exit from the crisis in 2023. The conference was held for the fifth year, with the aim of bringing together once a year all the leaders of the start-up scene in Israel, to discuss the trends in Israeli entrepreneurship. The event was organized by the initiative of Guy Katsovitch, founder and partner of the Fusion Foundation and Acceleration Program, and the Pearl Cohen Tzedek Letzer Bartz law firm.
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Assaf Horesh, a partner in the Vintage Fund, presented a report at the annual meeting at the “Trends and Forecasts” conference summarizing the performance of the funds and startups throughout the year of the financial crisis. The scope of capital raising by the funds is small as the year of the crisis deepens, in the first quarter of the year the funds raised a cumulative 1.9 billion dollars, in the second quarter 1.1 billion, in the third quarter 650 million, and 245 million in the last quarter.
This year, Israeli startups raised $13.9 billion in 538 transactions in aggregate, compared to 2021, which amounted to $25.8 billion in 779 transactions. The scope of the start-ups’ fundraising is also small as the year of the crisis deepens, in the first quarter the fundraising amounted to 5.7 billion dollars, 4.6 in the second quarter, 2.3 in the third and 1.2 in the last quarter.
In the division of the types of transactions, it can be seen that the attrition came at the expense of the smaller growth rounds this year, while the early stage transactions remained at a similar level to last year. D rounds and above have decreased from $9.8 billion last year to $4.1 billion this year. Early growth rounds (B-C) decreased from 11.1 billion to 5.7 billion. Round A dropped from 3.8 billion to 3 and the seed remained at 1.1 billion dollars.