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We start young and aim high

Founded in 1993 under the famed Yozma program by Dr. Erel Margalit, Jerusalem Venture Partners has created and invested in over 120 companies in Israel, the US and Europe. JVP’s investment strategy is spearheaded by a deep expertise in identifying opportunities from inception and growing them into global industry leaders. Through our theme-driven focus and strong network of strategic partners, we seek to stay ahead of the latest market trends and address the most relevant market needs. Our unique Centers of Excellence and dedicated team ensure we effectively deliver this added value directly to each of our current and prospective portfolio companies.

With over $1.1 billion raised across 8 funds, and a rich network of strategic and business partners spanning the world, JVP has led some of the largest and most noteworthy exits out of Israel. With 12 public offerings on NASDAQ and a long roster of industry sales, JVP has been repeatedly recognized for industry awards including consistent performing VC by Preqin, most active VC funds’ award by IVC and fund of the year for 2016 by Geektime. Located in the historic British Mandate MINT building in the heart of Jerusalem, JVP has created a unique hub of innovation that has become a magnet for innovation and luminaries from all over the world. Leveraging its two Centers of Excellence, in the JVP Media Quarter in Jerusalem and in the cyber epicenter in Be’er Sheva, JVP creates the majority of its own deal flow from seed by seeking groundbreaking new innovations.
Renowned for its hands-on approach in supporting and mentoring its companies, JVP welcomes global strategic and investment partners through all phases of the maturity cycle, with a view to creating disruptive technologies and solutions.

Centers of
Excellence

From Seed to Success

JVP’s Centers of Excellence in Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva are dynamic creative campuses where our early stage portfolio companies are provided a suite of customized services, including office space, hands-on management support, strategic guidance as well as access to our expert mentors and our vast network of global strategic partners.

The team supporting the Centers of Excellence is composed of experts in the fields of business, technology and media with years of experience building successful companies. JVP’s Centers of Excellence have become magnets for hundreds of strategic players visiting each year as well as hundreds of entrepreneurs that are evaluated each year, becoming the gateway to the world. Following the centers of excellence early-stage growth period, the companies are well positioned to raise additional financing from later stage venture capital investors – including the main JVP fund.

Jerusalem

Beautifully situated in the heart of Jerusalem’s “Cultural Mile”, JVP is headquartered in the JVP Media Quarter. Previously built to serve as the National Mint of the British Empire and the Historic Ottoman Storehouses next door, the JVP Media Quarter reflects the vision of Dr. Erel Margalit, the founder of Jerusalem Venture Partners (“JVP”), to establish Jerusalem’s premier hub of innovation. As a symbol of the revitalization, the JVP Media Quarter houses start-ups, the JVP VC fund, the Siftech Accelerator (of the Hebrew University student union), the performing arts hub – “Zappa Jerusalem in The Lab” and the social profit organization – “JVP Community” (Bakehila).

With a deep respect for the history of Jerusalem and its powerful legacy, JVP’s Jerusalem Center of Excellence tackles the key business challenges of today through its focus on seed-stage start-ups in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision, cloud, and Internet of Things (IOT) mobile amongst others. In an open plan workspace, engineers, artists, storytellers and entrepreneurs in the profit, social profit and entertainment worlds meet to develop ground breaking solutions and disruptive technologies.

The historic complex’ atmosphere of creativity and innovation is the consequence of the Fund’s innovative approach to venture capital. Collaborating around selected pre-defined themes and defining key business challenges, elected start-ups from the Israeli eco-system work to find innovative solutions, validate the pains, the product, the market readiness and the product/market-fit. The companies benefit from JVPs innovative company building process and direct access to sector specific strategic partners as they fine tune to their proposition and offering.

 

Be'er Sheva

Building Tomorrow’s Leading Cyber Security And Data Analytics Innovators

JVP’s Center of Excellence in Be’er Sheva aims to identify, nurture and build the next wave of cyber security and big data companies to emerge out of Israel. JVP Cyber Labs operates the first government-backed early stage incubator focusing on cyber-security and big-data. It is strategically established in the epicenter of Israeli cyber innovation in Beer Sheva – bringing together academia, multinational corporations, and experts with experience from the military’s elite computer units.

BUILDING AN ECOSYSTEM FROM SEED

The JVP Cyber team is currently focusing on companies in various key themes, including APT detection and prevention, encryption, Cloud Security, authentication and identification, Industrial Internet, mobile, M2M, Big-data analytics, End-point security and more. The JVP Cyber Labs are headed by a seasoned team of partners with deep industry expertise and a strong track record of developing and building early-stage companies. Since its inception in 2013, JVP Cyber Labs has become a magnet for hundreds of strategic players visiting each year, as well as hundreds of entrepreneurs that are evaluated each year. Companies such as General Electric, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singapore Airlines, Bank Ha’Poalim, Paypal and others, have teamed up with JVP Cyber Labs to accelerate the growth of their companies.

LEADING THE FIRST EXIT OUT OF BE’ER SHEVA

In March 2015, JVP Cyber Labs enjoyed its first exit when PayPal announced the acquisition of disruptive technology-provider CyActive. As a result of this exit, PayPal established its new security design center in Be’er Sheva, creating numerous jobs for the area as well as serving as a potential additional business and design partner for JVP and its portfolio companies.