[OurCrowd in Nasdaq] Israeli VC OurCrowd expects access to Islamic countries through UAE

Israeli venture investing platform OurCrowd expects to be able to access Middle East and other Islamic countries through its presence in the United Arab Emirates, its chief executive said.

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[OurCrowd in Israel21c] Why the UAE is looking to Israel to secure its food supplies

Myriad deals between the two countries run gamut from health-tech to diamonds, but food-tech and agri-tech are top priorities, investors agree. Food security is emerging as a key area in which the UAE is eager for Israeli expertise, investors in each country tell ISRAEL21c.

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OURCROWD SUPPORTS UKRAINIAN ISRAELI INNOVATION SUMMIT 2020

Jon Medved writes:

The third Ukrainian Israeli Innovation Summit at the end of October will take place in a new format this year combining online and offline communication due to the international pandemic, and will focus on the challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 crisis.

A major tech event, the UISS was first launched in Kyiv in 2018 in order to establish cooperation between Israel and the Ukraine in the area of innovation.

The conference, supported by both the Israeli and Ukrainian governments, will cover such topics as Ukrainian-Israeli cooperation during the pandemic, the transformation of the venture investing landscape, the creation of international access that can help to overcome the crisis, and the new normal of startup reality.

OurCrowd is excited to participate in this year’s important summit, coming on the heels of our own Pandemic Innovation Conference this past June which featured Israeli startups and breakthrough technologies addressing everything from prevention and cure, to social distancing and food supply in the era of COVID-19. The first global event dedicated to pandemic investment, almost 7,500 people from 108 countries attended our virtual conference.

The UIIS is a welcome initiative in the Ukrainian-Israeli business cooperation landscape, with nearly 40 Ukrainian businesses joining with Israeli partners in new business endeavors in recent years. In just the last three years, some 30 Israeli companies opened R&D centers in Ukraine

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Congratulations are in order to the Global Israeli Initiative and JSCapital team and the other co-organizers for raising the Israeli-Ukrainian tech relationship to a new level.

After the last UIIS in November 2019, we invited Ukrainians to organize the Ukraine Tech Days pavilion at the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit 2020 in Jerusalem. Five IT-service companies—competitors, in fact—partnered under the initiative of Sigma Software in order to present Ukraine’s booming tech industry to Israeli businesses. Their booth drew a lot of attention from attendees and made hundreds of new business connections for its co-organizers, a great result.

This year, together with our Ukrainian friends, we’re organizing an OurCrowd panel discussion at the UIIS 2020. The speakers will share how they managed to team up, spark interest, and set an example for thousands of the summit attendees.

OurCrowd also looks forward to using UIIS to highlight next-generation Israeli innovations to an international audience.

Personally, I am honored to be a keynote speaker at the conference for the second time, and will be joining my fellow speakers online from my office in Jerusalem.

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[OurCrowd in Khaleej Times] OurCrowd keen to boost UAE’s startup ecosystem

Global venture investing platform OurCrowd is busy implementing its aggressive growth plans in the UAE as it sees huge synergy between the UAE and Israel’s startup ecosystem.

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[OurCrowd in Crowdfund Insider] OurCrowd Hosts Event with Emirates Angels Investors Association as Diplomatic Thaw Opens Up Opportunity

OurCrowd, the leading global investment crowdfunding platform, and the Emirates Angels Investors Association, an Emirati angel investment network, held an online event today allowing Israeli investors and entrepreneurs a first glimpse of the tech opportunities available in the United Arab Emirates following the historic diplomatic agreement between the two countries.

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OURCROWD & EMIRATES ANGELS PRESENT INTRODUCTION TO THE UAE TECH INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE (ONLINE EVENT: OCT. 13, 2020)

Watch the recording here: (Link will be live shortly after the event)

Speakers:
– H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Investment Office
– Abdullah Saeed Juma Al Naboodah, Chairman, Naboodah Investment Co.
– Masaood Al Masaood, Emirates Angels Investors Association
– Stephen Barnett, Executive Director – Business Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)
– Dr. Sabah Al-Binali, CEO, Universal Strategy, Abu Dhabi
– Faris Mesmar, Managing Partner, Hatch & Boost
– Motaz Abu-Hijleh, CEO, World of Farming
– Ralph Debbas, CEO, W Motors
– Mohamad Kaswani, CEO, Urban
– Jon Medved, CEO, OurCrowd

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[OurCrowd in ARAB NEWS] INTERVIEW: The investment logic of the Israel-UAE entente

Sabah Al-Binali has a reputation in the Arab world as a straight-talking deal-doer, with a long record of high-profile transactions in the UAE and Saudi Arabia on his CV. But his latest venture could be just about the most significant of the lot.

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Dr. Sabah al-Binali, OurCrowd Venture Partner says, “The appetite is there” in the Arab world for more trade with Israel (BBC World News)

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[BioCatch in BioCatch] OurCrowd Portfolio Company BioCatch Works With Experian to Boost Fraud Detection by 73%

BioCatch, a behavioral biometrics firm that seeks to uncover attempts at fraud, has partnered with Experian on fraud detection. According to a release, the two companies combined proved that layering multiple identity and fraud detection capabilities can help authenticate legitimate customers, improve their experience, and mitigate the risk of fraud. The combination generated a 73% increase in fraud detection and up to $ 23 million in fraud prevention savings.

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[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in The Jerusalem Post] What’s in store in 5781 for Israel’s tech sector?

“The first thing to understand is that the only thing that is constant is the change itself,” he says. “The lesson of the past seven months is that anyone who thinks they can predict the future with any clarity is wrong.” That being said, Medved has a few rules that guide his understanding of how the world will move forward. “1) There is no ‘going back to the old normal.’ There is only a ‘new normal’ from now on. 2) Digital transformation is a constant in our lives and the pace of this transformation will only increase from here on.” That means that the areas of life that digital companies “conquered” during the pandemic are not going to be given back.

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