13 Israeli startups that received global recognition this week


It seems to be the season for startup lists and the glory hasn’t skipped Israeli startups. This week saw several of them get global recognition. Below are the ‘winners’, who were recognised this past week:

World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2020

The WEF Technology Pioneers is a prestigious list launched in 2000 that highlights the “future headline-makers addressing global issues with cutting-edge technology” and technologies “using innovations to protect climate, improve healthcare and much more, helping us to reset society and build towards a better future”

Out of the 100, 6 are Israeli startups:

  • 3d Signals – Plug-and-play factory digitalization for improved productivity. Its AI based asset performance monitoring platform has been proven to significantly improve machine productivity and overall equipment effectiveness. Founded in 2015 by Ariel Rosenfeld.
    Most-recent deal: $20.5M, 16 October 2019
  • Aleph Farms – Leading a sustainable food system to nurture a thriving planet. The company has new meat cultivation technology enabling growing real beef steaks directly from the cells. Founded in 2017 by Didier Toubia. Most-recent deal: $12M, 14 May 2019
  • MorphiSec – Deterministic endpoint protection against fileless attacks and evasive malware. Its polymorphic engine scrambles the application’s runtime environment randomly and without a trace, making the memory space unpredictable to attackers. Founded in 2014 by Ronen Yehoshua.  $12M, 19 February 2018
  • Optibus – A high-tech mobility platform improving mass transportation in cities. A SaaS platform that plans and schedules the movements of vehicles and drivers. It is currently powering some of the most complex and large-scale transit operations worldwide, improving quality of service and efficiency and reducing costs and emissions. Founded in 2011 by Amos Haggiag.
  • Prospera – Transforming how food is grown with data and artificial intelligence. It uses machine vision to continuously monitor and analyse plant development, health and stress, providing growers actionable insights via their mobile phones. Founded in 2016 by Daniel Koppel. Most-recent deal: $15M, 7 March 2017
  • Seebo – Helping manufacturers increase capacity and prevent losses using artificial intelligence. Using a visual, code-free modeller, a client’s end-to-end production line processes and manufacturing knowhow are captured into an AI-powered digital twin, without the client having to master data science. Founded in 2012 by Lior Akavia. Most-recent deal: Undisclosed amount, 10 December 2019

CNBC Disruptor 50

The Disruptor 50 list compiled by CNBC for the past eight years, highlights “private companies whose breakthroughs are influencing business and market competition at an accelerated pace”. Amongst unicorns like Stripe, Airbnb and Robinhood, this year’s list includes five excellent Israeli startups:

  • Lemonade – insurance to renters and homeowners powered by AI, chatbots and behavioural economics. The company recently filed to go public. Founded in 2015 by Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger (who just took Fiverr, a company he co-founded, public last year). Most-recent deal: $300M, 11 April 2019
  • Healthy.io – uses smartphone technology to make remote urinalysis possible. It received FDA approval to diagnose chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infections and prenatal testing and is used by leading health-care systems worldwide. Founded by Yonatan Adiri in 2013. Most-recent deal: $60M, 11 September 2019
  • SentinelOne –  a machine learning-based solution for monitoring and securing laptops, phones and many other devices and services connected to a company’s network. Founded in 2013 by Tomer Weingarten and Almog Cohen. Most-recent deal: $200M, 19 February 2020
  • K-Health – digital primary care symptom checker. This AI driven service offers remote access to health professionals through a smartphone. Free to users to get diagnostic information and a $19 fee to chat with a doctor. Founded in 2016 by Ran Shaul, Allon Bloch, and Adam Singolda. Most-recent deal: $48M, 27 February 2020
  • Neetera – a micro-radar remote that senses tiny movements on the skin’s surface to monitor human vital signs and physical indicators such as stress, fatigue, and pain, as well as symptoms of Covid-19. Founded in 2014 in Jerusalem by Isaac Litman. Most-recent deal: $4.5M, 5 September 2019

CB Insights 50 Future Unicorns

Thee 50 Future Unicorns list by research firm CB Insights and the National Science Foundation teamed up to algorithmically predict future unicorns through publicly available data since 2015. 35 of the 50 companies are in the US but there are also two Israeli startups:

  • BigID –  enables organizations to discover and map all types of data from all enterprise data sources; automatically classify, correlate, and catalog identity & entity data into profiles; manage and protect enterprise data with advanced data intelligence; and automate data privacy and protection. Founded in 2016 by Dimitri Sirota and Nimrod Vax, the company raised $146M to date. Most-recent deal: $50M, 6 January 2020
  • Gong.io – automatically records, transcribes, and analyzes sales calls, helping sales reps to improve their pitch and win more deals. Founded in 2015 by Amit Bendov and Eilon Reshef. Most-recent deal: $65M, 3 December 2019

Eze is managing partner of Remagine Ventures, a seed fund investing in ambitious founders at the intersection of tech, media, data and commerce. We are backed by some of the world’s leading media companies.

I’m a former general partner at google ventures, head of Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe and founding head of Campus London, Google’s first physical hub for startups.

I’m also the founder of Techbikers, a non-profit bringing together the startup ecosystem on cycling challenges in support of Room to Read. Since inception in 2012 we’ve built 8 schools and 31 libraries in the developing world.

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