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We start young and aim high

Jerusalem Venture Partners’ 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.

Founded in 1993 under the famed Yozma program by Dr. Erel Margalit, JVP has created and invested in over 120 companies in Israel, the US and Europe. 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

JVP’s Center of Excellence in Jerusalem, located in the JVP Media Quarter, focuses on seed-stage startups in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision, cloud, and Internet of Things (IOT) mobile amongst others.

In an open plan workspace, adjacent to the JVP fund headquarters, JVP is partnering with key global technology and business groups.

Collaborating around selected pre-defined themes and defining key business challenges, elected startups from the Israeli eco-system work to find innovative solutions.

The startups structurally work with companies to demonstrate their solutions to the business challenges and validate the pains, the product, the market readiness and the product/market-fit. The companies benefit from JVPs company building process and direct access to sector specific strategic partners as they fine tune to their proposition and offering.

Upon graduation, JVP elects the companies that will join the JVP funds and continue to grow with a vision of creating global impact.

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.

Our founder

A pioneer of Israel’s world-leading tech industry

Elected to the Israeli Knesset in 2013 on behalf of the Labor Party, MK Dr. Margalit is a visionary who strives to bring innovative leadership to Israel’s most pressing political, economic, and social challenges. As an Israeli entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of experience in leading successful start-ups, large companies and social and cultural endeavors, Dr. Margalit is among the leading architects of the “Start-Up Nation”, standing at the center of Israel’s technological revolution in the 1990s, working with legendary Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek. During these years, they solidified Israel’s capital as a high-tech hub bringing over 70 technology companies to the region and launching the country’s first four technological incubators.

In 1993 Margalit founded Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) helping create and build some of the largest and most noteworthy technology companies out of Israel, transforming them into global enterprises. From its founding until January 2011, Erel assisted in building numerous technology companies that are today global enterprises with traction in Israel, the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition to helping to orchestrate the $4.8 billion sale of Chromatis to Lucent Technologies in 2000, Erel successfully led exists such as Netro (initial public offering, JVP subsequently sold its shares at a $5.5 billion company valuation), Precise (initial public offering and subsequently acquired by Veritas), Scorpio (acquired by US Robotics), Fundtech, ViryaNet, Jacada, Cogent and Allot among others, in addition to serving as Chairman of market leaders such as CyOptics and CyberArk before his transition to politics. In 2005, Forbes international business magazine selected Margalit as the top-ranking non-American venture capitalist on its prestigious "Midas List.” In 2010, The Marker Magazine named him the Venture Capitalist with the Golden Touch.

Seeking to drive social change in Israel, Margalit and his wife founded the community based non-profit project, JVP Bakehila (In the Community), which for the past twelve years has transformed the lives of more than 25,000 children in Jerusalem working both in public schools and the communities, with a view to strengthening society from within. Each year, 45 year of service volunteers, 18 year old agents of change work within these communities transforming the lives of these youngsters.

Since his election to the Israeli Knesset in 2013, Margalit has proved to be an innovative public leader with an economic vision, pursuing collaborative approaches that promote economic development. Building on his business acumen, Margalit is bringing regional development to Israel’s new frontiers in the Galilee in the far North and in the Negev in the far South, regions that present new economic opportunities. In cooperation with regional leadership, Margalit is in the process of creating seven regions of excellence and innovation across the country that will attract investment, generate jobs and bring growth to areas of the country that have been left behind.

Our founder