Israeli tech firms received $8.3 billion in venture capital last year, crowning a record-breaking decade for the digital nation. The figure, which represents a 30% increase on 2018’s $6.4bn, and caps the country’s decade of VC funding at $39.1bn – a 400% rise on the period between 2000
The data, released in a report by the IVC Research Center and ZAG-S&W law company, shows that during last year Israel’s tech startups received their record cash injections via 522 deals. That is a drop on 2018’s 532 deals, evident in the fact that 26 deals raised $50m or more in 2019, comprising 58% of the year’s total funding.
Early-stage deals—those weighing in at under $1m—were down on 2018, dropping from 24% to 17% of the 2019 haul.
“2019 marked a record year, capping a decade of successive increases in capital invested in the Israeli hi-tech industry,” ZAG-S&W attorney Shmulik Zysman told the Jerusalem Post. “The final quarter of 2019, and the entire year of 2019, symbolize the clear and consistent trend of the Israeli hi-tech industry: tremendous growth and frequent record breaking.”
While Israel is known worldwide for its tech industry’s diversity, software ran out by far 2019’s most-funded sector, with $4.4bn, or nearly half, the year’s funding.
“The change in investor preferences over the decade is visible in the distribution of deals of early- and growth-stage companies,” added Zysman. “The change became apparent in 2017-2018, when the number of deals for the growth companies outnumbered deals in early stages.”
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