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Top Investors from Israel

Raz Mangel

Raz Mangel

Greenfield Partners, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Raz is a Principal at Greenfield Partners, an Israel-based investment firm focused on exceptional early growth stage technology and tech-enabled businesses. With a dual presence in Tel Aviv and New York, the Greenfield team fuses investment and operating experience, deep local Israeli roots, and an expansive global network to support entrepreneurs in their quest to build thriving technology companies. Greenfield’s roots date back to 2016, when it was established by TPG Growth as an investment platform for early growth technology investments in Israel. An independent fund since 2020, its culture remains grounded in this heritage, bringing the rigor and depth of private equity to early growth investing. The Greenfield team continues to serve as Senior Advisors to TPG Growth, and in this context seeks opportunities for collaboration on selected large-check, growth stage investments in Israel. Its portfolio includes such companies as Guardicore, BigPanda, Coralogix, Mixtiles, Cynet, Planck and Vast Data.

 

Raz originally Joined Greenfield Partners in 2018, while it was part of TPG Growth, following a few years in investment banking at Barclays in Israel where he helped with executing on a wide variety of investment banking transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital markets transactions, and credit facilities, covering mainly technology and healthcare. Prior to Barclays, Raz worked at the Transaction Services team at EY, focusing on M&A, and as a Management Consultant at Tefen.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I’m looking forward to meeting new investors, entrepreneurs, tech executives or anyone else who is interested in technology and Venture Capital.

Noam Inbar

Noam Inbar

Gryffin Ventures, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I have had the privilege of working deep inside the fintech innovation orbits since before it was an industry. Through these experiences deep inside startups and enterprises, I felt first-hand the critical need for an early-stage VC focused only on Fintech, based on deep domain expertise and a broad operational track record. This is why I founded Gryffin Ventures and I aspire to be an investor that knows what it takes to turn the first sparks of a fintech idea through product-market fit, to build market-changing companies. 

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I am truly excited to be a part of the Hosted Investor Programme. Fintech success cannot happen in silos.  It is, by its very nature, a complex bridge between old and new technologies, mentalities, business models and cultures.  A daily straddle working between lightspeed startups and process-heavy enterprises. I am a true believer in strong partnerships as a basis for growth, and I’m excited to meet entrepreneurs, innovators and enablers who share the same vision.

Orit Alperovitz

Orit Alperovitz

NEOME-The Women Investing Club, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I started my journey as Angel Investor almost 11 years ago focusing on medical and HealthTech- looking for disruptive innovation that will reduce pain and suffer. I become so passionate about innovation and disruptive technologies that within 5 years period I expanded my range of industries. In parallel, I Co-Founded NEOME, the first Israeli female investment club. Since its launch, 4 years ago, NEOME invested in 9 startups from various industries (e-comm, digital health, HR Tech, Life Science, Art, Food Tech, EdTech etc.), participated in 14 investment rounds, invested total amount above $3.5M and established a growing community of female investors (today the community count above 60 women) who are all bond by the same agenda of actively closing the gender gap, together evaluate investment opportunities  and invest as a group.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
To expand my network with similar investors from the UAE and other countries

To meet strong investors from the UAE who are interested in access to Israeli technologies

To meet strong female investors from the UAE who share same agenda: wanting to actively close the gender gap, increase number of women who are involved in the investment arena and promote female entrepreneurship or startups the develops products that women and girls are their primary beneficiaries.

Nimrod Cohen

Nimrod Cohen

Tau Ventures, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
 

A serial entrepreneur and investor.

Managing Partner at TAU Ventures – Tel Aviv University Investments vehicle, Previously partner at Plus Ventures. More than 60 investments in portfolio companies over the past 8 years, such as Bringg, YOTPO, WSC Sports, Cimagine, HouseParty, Coralogix, Swimm, Xtend and more. Experienced mentor and judge, participating in numerous startup programs, events and organizations around the world.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I will be happy to meet local and global colleagues, learn about their needs, and find ways to collaborate

Guy Katsovich

Guy Katsovich

Fusion LA, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Guy Katsovich is the Co-Founder / Managing Partner of Fusion LA, the first accelerator for Israeli start-ups in Los Angeles. In less than 3 years, Fusion LA backed 55 early-stage companies, and was voted Israel's best accelerator program for 2020 (Geektime). 80% of Fusion LA's portfolio alumni have raised funding of $3-20M post program & 25% relocated founding team to the US.

Guy is an active Board Member at 8200 EISP (8200 for Startups), a top-ranking Israeli startup accelerator, after leading the program as a Managing Director for 3 years. The accelerator has supported 140+ startups with 7 exits, 80+ active companies. 8200 EISP portfolio companies have raised +$670M and employ more than 600 people in Israel and overseas. Guy maintains a board position at 8200 EISP and at the 8200 Alumni Association.

 

Guy is a founding board member of numerous technology and social-impact ventures, including:

•2011-today: Wize (Co-Founder/Chairman) - A nonprofit organization with the vision of creating a new nightlife culture that combines knowledge & fun and promotes science, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology for the public in Israel - Free of charge. To date, Wize has held 1,500+ lectures in 17 cities across Israel, with 500,000+ attendees combined.

•2013-today: 8200 Impact (Co-Founder/Board Member) - Israel's first accelerator for social-tech ventures. As of now, the program has incubated 50 social startups, raising a combined total of $40M+.

•2015-today: Hybrid (Co-Founder/Board Member) - The most in-depth program for early-stage ventures led by Israeli-Arab, Druze, and Bedouin entrepreneurs, with the focus to connect them with the industry leaders of the "Startup-Nation".

•2017-today: P.I.E Challenge (Co-Founder/Board Member) - A first of-its-kind national challenge in Israel to promote personalized learning solutions in high school math classrooms. The winning team received a Prize of One Million NIS and implemented their solution in dozens of high schools throughout Israel's social periphery! (think XPRIZE for personalized learning).

 

Guy is the Creator & Co-Host of the Israel's Leading Tech Podcast (Od Podcast/Yet Another Podcast for Startups). In 2016 Guy was shortlisted for Forbes Israel’s "30 Under 30" for his leadership and innovation in the Israeli tech ecosystem.

He served as a cyber-intelligence officer at Unit 8200.

Adi Levanon

Adi Levanon

Flint Capital, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Adi Levanon has been an early stage investor in both Israel and US-based VC funds for nearly 10 years, with a strong focus on fintech, enterprise SaaS, cyber and b2c startups. Some of her successful investments include MoneyLion ($2.9B SPAC & IPO), Eave (acquired by Homelight), Tradeblock (acquired by Coinbase), Alloy (post Series B, co-investors Bessemer, Canapi and more), Unit (post Series B, led by Accel), Acrocharge (post Series B, co-investors Zeev Ventures and fintech veterans), Cyolo (post Series B, led by Glilot) and more. Adi is currently Principal at Flint Capital, a global $200M early stage VC investing in Israel, Europe and the US.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
As a global facing venture fund, I truly look forward to meeting founders and investors from around the world to learn about their journey, interests and see how we could collaborate in the future. The goal I believe is to build long term friendships and business relations that will allow both sides to build synergies. I'd also be delighted to meet with individuals/funds that would like to continue diversifying their portfolio and may find Flint Capital fund III as a compelling opportunity.

Omri Toppol

Omri Toppol

North First Ventures, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Omri is an experienced investor in early-stage companies with hands-on experience as a serial entrepreneur & in VP R&D and CMO roles, fostering the fusion between technology, product development and insightful MVP impact. 

This blend of expertise and experience, fuels the success in analyzing emerging investments and market opportunities and the partnerships he builds with founders.

Previous roles include @ Microsoft, SigmaLabs, LogDog and as a Co-founder with entrepreneurial success. He is an active mentor in the programs of Microsoft, Google, The Hybrid and additional leading accelerators in Israel’s startup ecosystem.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Looking forward to share knowledge, lessons learned and creating opportunities to bridge the knowledge and innovations between the startup ecosystems in the region.

Orr Hameiri

Orr Hameiri

Procter & Gamble, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Procter and Gamble is a multinational consumer goods corporation based in Cincinnati. Founded in 1837 and selling in over 180 countries, its annual net sales are over $70B.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Looking to create a sustainable competitive advantage for P&G by partnering with top entrepreneurs, VCs and researchers, in order to incorporate their disruptive technologies within P&G Global Business Units. Our broad span of interest areas includes Industry 4.0, Cyber Security, Sustainability, AR/VR, AdTech, HR Tech and more. We are also looking for FemTech, AgeTech, AgriTech and Wellness B2C startups, to help them become the next Billion Dollar brands.

Dor Lee-Lo

Dor Lee-Lo

IBI Tech Fund, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I am a partner at IBI Tech Fund ($110M). We invest in outstanding teams who develop cutting edge technologies and help them build significant companies.  

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I hope to meet other investors and have a productive discussions with local professionals like myself. Further, I'd like to explore Dubai further and interact with locals.

Kfir Kachlon

Kfir Kachlon

Angel Investor, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Kfir Kachlon is an Early Stage Angel Investor focused on supporting brilliant teams who are building amazing, and industry defining, tech startups.
Previously Kfir founded AnD Ventures, an early-stage VC, focused on the Israeli startup ecosystem. Kfir led the fund’s investments thesis and capital deployment. Prior to founding AnD Ventures, Kfir was a senior member of OurCrowd’s investments team and the FrontierTech and AgriFood technologies lead at OurCrowd, where he led dozens of investments in cutting edge technologies. Previously, Kfir practiced Technology Law, focused on IP, M&As, and contracts for advanced technological projects and startups.
Kfir earned his LL.M in International Commercial Law in 2015 from the Tel Aviv University in collaboration with UC Berkeley (Magna Cum Laude). Kfir was admitted into the Israel Bar Association in 2011.
As an entrepreneur, Kfir founded L’etape Cycling Apparel, a consumer product company that designs, manufactures, and sells high quality and performance limited edition cycling apparel to the road cycling niche market.
Kfir is passionate about travel, cycling, sneakers, working closely with exceptional entrepreneurs, and enjoys taking active part in enabling the creation and development of rocket ships.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Looking forward to meeting, and networking, with bright entrepreneurs, visionaries, and fellow VCs from the UAE and all over the MENA region. I would love to leave the programme with unique deal flow and investment opportunities. Furthermore, I would love to broaden, and strengthen, my professional network following the programme with strong new relationships with fellow investors. 

Michael Matias

Michael Matias

Homeward Ventures, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I invest actively in startups ranging from Pre-Seed to Series B, with Homeward Ventures (where I'm Principal Investor) and with J-Ventures fund in California (where I'm a Venture Partner). My primary interest lies in deep technology and leveraging Artificial Intelligence to emerging markets. 

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I'm looking forward to meeting other like-minded people and meet investors from Israel (those I do not know yet) as well as those around the world (particularly the Dubai region). 

Noa Gastfreund

Noa Gastfreund

Hybrid, Israel

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Noa Gastfreund has more than 6 years of experience working with startups and helping them to grow and build successful businesses. Noa is a Managing Director at the Hybrid Accelerator. Prior to joining Hybrid, Noa was a Human Resources and Business Operations Manager at Tipalti, a successful Israeli startup in the Fin-Tech field ($2B valuation). Noa is also a Co-founder at the UAE-IL Tech Zone, a hub that joins both Israel and the UAE tech ecosystems.

Noa holds a B.A in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I hope to meet investors, entrepreneurs and innovators from the GCC and the entire MENA region during this program, as well as exchange knowledge and ideas with them.

Top Investors from UK

Barry Angel

Barry Angel

Albany Group of Companies, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I have in the past speculated a number of times within the financial markets as well as start-up companies: Karhoo, 20-Shots and most recently the travel loyalty website Seatspy

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I am keen to explore the investment opportunities available to me within the broad property sector as well as vibrant new initiatives that capture my interest and attention.

Rodrigo Mallo

Rodrigo Mallo

OutSized VC, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Rodrigo is a Partner at Outsized Ventures. Formerly a Partner at SOSV, he has invested in over 45 Deep Tech companies at Pre-Seed, Seed and Series A.

He is a mentor for The Founder Institute, Techstars, and is an Ambassador for the MIT Technology Review in Europe. He founded four LatAm companies in the food, gaming, and digital advertising industries. He became an angel investor after selling gaming company, TheFanLeague.

Rodrigo is a Kauffman Fellow and holds executive qualifications in venture capital from UC Berkeley.

Outsized Ventures: At Outsized Ventures we partner with founders pushing the boundaries of science and technology to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Some call it deep tech, others frontier tech, tough tech, hard tech or high tech - for us, it is simply the future.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
"I look forward to learning more about the region, its thriving ecosystem of founders, investors and institutions and to be able to share different ideas regarding potential collaborations."

Nathan McNally

Nathan McNally

Capital Enterprise, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Nathan Started by managing multi million pound development fund projects to stimulate the entrepreneur ecosystem, creating an investor pipeline of 2000+ companies across all sectors at Capital Enterprise stimulating almost a billion in initial investments. 

Now over the last 4 years focusing on health technology that intersects the 4 Ps. Prediction, Prevention, Personalised and Participatory. Co-founding P4 Precision Medicine we look to support AI based, precision medicine companies to research and develop in the UK and become globally applicable companies.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
 

The aim is to build a friendly network to create mutually beneficial joint opportunities to bring a globally connected system for the future of healthcare. We can do this by creating investment and co investment opportunities as well as new funds. Finding great companies looking to come to the UK where we can support and invest in. 

Create connections to foster soft landing and commercial opportunities on both sides in the Middle East & the UK, happy to share insights into working with health technologies from across the world at all stages from pre spin outs/spinouts at UK research institutions to internationals looking to scale. 

Georgi Katanov

Georgi Katanov

SCM Advisors Limited, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
 I am an early-stage investor with approx. 60 investments around the world on behalf of SCM, the largest diversified conglomerate in Ukraine, including Sendbird, Misfits Market, Beamery, Railsbank, Proxy, Wayve Technologies and Mighty Buildings.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I look forward to learning more about the start-up scene in the UAE and the region and meeting founders and other investors.

David Prais

David Prais

Greater London Investment Fund, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I was head of Strategy for Dell early on. Started Europe for Gateway Computers (Fastest European Manufacturing Startup ever) Headed US and Global Marketing for Gateway ($2.8Bn-$15.7Bn T/O), Started what became the largest seller of package S/W on the internet (1997-2000) Sold to AOL/Time Warner. Spent last 20 years helping startups, running Accelerators and Governmental funds of over $1/2Bn, currently Chair GLIF with $140M to invest in London. Founded Collider.io an accelerator in Amsterdam, and helped define the World Bank program in Palestine for Investment Readiness.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Learn more of the Gulf/ME Investment environment, meet startups with an interest in Palestine as well as London, Amsterdam and beyond, and find opportunities I would be interested in being involved with both personally and through my vehicles.

Henrik Wetter Sanchez

Henrik Wetter Sanchez

Playfair Capital, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Playfair Capital is an early-stage fund that commits to companies early and with conviction. Based in London, Playfair combines the best aspects of angel investing with a focused fund, to invest in truly ambitious founders, wherever they are in the world. Playfair takes a sector-agnostic approach and investments span deep tech, SaaS, marketplaces and B2B companies. We’ve backed the founders of more than 60 companies including Mapillary (acq. Facebook), CryptoFacilities (acq. Kraken), Omnipresent, Orca AI, Ravelin, sprout.ai, Thought Machine, Trouva and Vinehealth. 

For more information: https://playfaircapital.com/

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
As a generalist investor, I'm looking forward to meet a whole diversity of investors and founders across industries, countries and technologies. I love the earliest stages of ideation and building so if you're working on something new and just getting started I'd love to talk to you.

Chris Dix

Chris Dix

Antler VC, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Christopher Dix (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdix024/-

Former Executive Director at J.P. Morgan; Global Capital Director and Head of MENA at Antler, an early stage global VC fund with offices across major entrepreneurial hubs. Antler focuses on early stage businesses, and has invested into and built over 300 companies across 5 continents.  Antler has 16 regional funds focussed on the pre-seed/seed stage, whilst has launched global $600m institutional fund that looks to follow-on and back the best companies globally investing at a later stage (series A through C). Chris was educated at Eton and Oxford University, and holds a Masters degree in Astrophysics. Chris previously spent over a decade across Investment Banking and Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan, most recently as a Director in the EMEA Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team covering Private Equity. Prior to this Chris specialised in TMT (tech, media, & telecoms) Corporate Finance playing a pivotal role in mission critical M&A, corporate strategy and capital raising/financings for his global clients.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
 

Discussed remit of the GITEX conference/ Hosted Investor Programme with Omar and as head of MENA operations for Antler, where we are looking to set up an initial landing pad and build up our presence in the region thought the Gitex conference fit the bill perfectly.

Noted given Antler’s profile and focus (especially given looking to expand significantly into the region in person), we agreed that being part of the Hostel Investor Programme would be ideal and symbiotically beneficial – in brief we will be looking at setting up MENA local presence (potentially launching a local fund), building long term relationships in the region, whilst looking at 2 way access in terms building up/expanding our Portfolio Companies into the region whilst meeting and potentially investing into relevant regional start-ups/companies over the coming years. To that end, Omar and I felt that the GITEX conference / Hosted Investor Programme would be ideal to achieve and make progress across a number of our regional goals whilst we hope and believe that Antler’s attendance and focus in creating and backing the world’s leading innovative disruptive tech companies globally could be institutionally beneficial for other attendees and companies.

Mads Jensen

Mads Jensen

SuperSeed, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Mads is a successful entrepreneur who has worked for 2 decades building and growing tech businesses. At SuperSeed he helps ambitious technical founders build great companies from the early stages. Prior to SuperSeed built the SaaS company Sefaira from inception in 2009 to exit in 2016. Before that, he was a business executive at IBM. Mads has authored multiple US patents. 

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Meeting prospective co-investors and LPs. Meeting startup teams and learning more about investment opportunities in the MENA region. 

Nick Slater

Nick Slater

Post Urban Ventures, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Nick is a Partner at Post Urban Ventures, a deep tech venture builder and AI Seed, an early stage fund that invests in highly talented AI first companies. Nick is an entrepreneur turned investor with experience in his startup Dibbz and the London Co-Investment

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
To connect with and explore entrepreneurs building interesting companies across the Middle East and Africa. To learn about the latest trends in technology and investment in the region.

Ray Gibbs

Ray Gibbs

Haydale Graphene, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I have raised money in a variety of situations from Listed Companies to start ups and growth capital. It’s a tough journey that entrepreneurs need to understand and get help. Uniquely I have businesses in Manchester that are University spin outs plus others attracted to the Advanced Materials eco system and expertise there.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I hope to find investors looking at unique business opportunities in a wide range of applications, from Novel particle filtration, unique hydrogel growing medium for vertical farming, to advanced materials that will change Supercaps performance for energy systems and a graphene admix that is changing the concrete world forever. I am looking for investment in my portfolio and also network collaborations for mutual benefit.

Abdul Rahman Agbaje

Abdul Rahman Agbaje

Loud Parade, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company: 
Exited founder turned angel investor focused on the passion and creator economy from London. Co-founder of Loud Parade the sonic branding and creative agency working with brands targeting Gen Z audiences on socials. Over 7 billion views amassed on brand campaigns.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
To connect with as many founders and fellow investors as possible to explore new investment opportunities and learn about exciting emerging markets and investment spaces.

Dan Bowyer

Dan Bowyer

Super Seed, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company: 
I’m a founder turned VC with a passion for people and anything tech. As an early stage fund we invest in technical founders building brilliant business automation startups. We’re on a mission to transform how big business back office works. Removing menial tasks and creating hyper-efficiency.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Apart from wanting to generally better understand the region from a startup and investor perspective, I simply want to meet interesting people. 

David Grunwald

David Grunwald

Arie Capital, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
David has been at ARIE Capital, an integrated financial services group incorporating a venture investment / business growth arm and a digital banking platform, since July 2021. Prior to that he led corporate innovation and startup investment for Farfetch, a consumer luxury technology platform and marketplace, and earlier was global partnerships lead for Google for Startups, a team formed within Google’s venture unit. He has founded 3 tech startups with one successful exit.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
 

  • Meeting start-ups in our fields of interest (Deep Tech, CleanTech, Retail Tech, Marketplaces – A & B rounds)
  • Networking with high-level peers and startup-facing organisations
  • Looking into the development opportunities for ARIE Capital Group in UAE and wider region, including for our Venture Investment and Digital Banking activities
Eze Vidra

Eze Vidra

Remagine Ventures, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
After over a decade managing product teams in large dot coms, I still get excited about passionate teams bringing their creative ideas to life . Prior to starting Remagine ventures with my partner, I was a general partner at Google Ventures and head of Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. 

Remagine Ventures is a seed/pre-seed fund investing in the future technologies that drive the consumption of consumers' time and money. We focus on the intersection of tech, entertainment, gaming and commerce with a spotlight on Israel and the UK.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
GITEX 2020 was my first opportunity to visit Dubai, get exposed to its culture and ambition and connect with interesting people from all over the world. I'm back again this year to continue to learn, meet and build stronger bridges between Israel-UAE and the UK. 

Matthew Gardiner

Matthew Gardiner

A1 Ai, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I invest in new centres of gravity from AI through to DeFi. 

Successive waves of innovation have me led to new leaders in established and emerging sectors all around the world. I invest in new centres of gravity in finance from AI through to DeFi.

Successive waves of innovation have led me to new leaders in multiple sectors and jurisdictions, beginning in London.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
Great to be back in Dubai! Looking forward to meeting the brilliant people driving the latest global trends out of GITEX.

Philip Baillieu

Philip Baillieu

Ragnar Capital Partners, UK

 

London-based Ragnar Capital Partners LLP was established in 2013 and we are authorised &  regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority . We specialise in finding exceptional tech-sector start-ups or more established young companies who are seeking capital to fund their growth. Apart from or own capital, we have a wide range of institutional, family office and high net worth individuals who may invest in the companies we select.

We look to fund companies that show potential growth outside the MENA region as well as potentially satisfying a local need.  We are looking for firms that are disruptive in nature to existing business structures and especially designed to address a large Total Addressable Market.  We look for firms that have an edge in how they reach enterprises or potential customers and do so with an efficient process that is unique and not excessively dilutive to margins.

We are looking forward to seeing the breadth & depth of talent at Gitex 2021 and to meeting a wide range of talented entrepreneurs. We are searching for exceptional management teams with outstanding products and visions to power their growth. In particular we are keen to talk to companies that wish to expand their activities in the UK or Europe and believe they have developed something that is genuinely ground-breaking.

Richard Greer

Richard Greer

MENA Tech Fund, UK

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
I have been a personal investor in startup technology companies in the Middle East and Israel for several years, and am a partner with Omar Hassan and Roy Zabludowicz in the MENA Technology Fund. From Baghdad to Casablanca, there is immense potential, and the Startup Nation will become the Startup Region. The UAE will pay an important role.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
My partners and I wish to identify companies for investment and share our enthusiasm for the potential in the region.

Top Investors from around the world

Ben Schmerler

Ben Schmerler

SUNU Capital, Kenya

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
SUNU Capital is an early stage venture fund mainly focused on emerging market technology and ecosystem building. We look for exceptional teams that we can support early on in their journey and partner with them through multiple stages of growth. 

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I am eager to meet founders, investors, and architects to expand my network, capital base, and investable opportunities in many geographies.

Emanuele Torlonia

Emanuele Torlonia

Startup Bootcamp, Rome

 

Following his studies in Spain at IE Business School, Emanuele matured a great interest in innovation. He is now Senior Investment Analyst in Italian Angels for Growth (The biggest Business Angels Network in Italy). He comes from an experience in management, by being in the Board of Directors and working as Lead Scout in one of the most important acceleration programs in the world: Startupbootcamp FoodTech.

Amer Ramzan

Amer Ramzan

Promentum Equity Partners, Denmark

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
“I founded Promentum Equity Partners after a career in management consulting with KPMG, Accenture, McKinsey & Co. My motivation was to work with ambitious founders who wanted to make a real and lasting impact with there business ideas. We raised our first fund in 2016/2017 of approx. 45 MEUR, which was invested in a number of promising companies. We exited three of the companies last year and the outlook for the remaining portfolio is quite promising and on target to deliver 3-5x. We are currently raising our second fund, which will be approx. 100 MEUR with similar expected returns.”

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
“I expect to meet new interesting startups and investors - which potentially can facilitate promising investment opportunities. I also plan to catchup with earlier connections made during previous sessions of GITEX. On the startup side, I am looking forward to build early relations, as this gives me an opportunity to get to know the team and their potential before an investment. This also gives the startup the opportunity to experience the value Promentum Equity Partners can bring to their business. I also look forward to meet with investors to explore mutually beneficial opportunities."

Hema Vallabh

Hema Vallabh

Five35 Ventures, South Africa

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Hema is an engineer, turned entrepreneur, turned investor. Hema is a founding partner at Five35 Ventures, a pan-African VC fund investing in women in tech. She is also the co-founder & CEO of WomHub, a boutique pan-African incubator and the first co-working space for female-founders in STEM in Africa. WomHub is a spin-out of her global, award-winning non-profit WomEng which provides interventions for girls and women at every stage of the engineering skills pipeline. Over the past 15 years Hema has built the full ecosystem of interventions supporting women in STEM from talent pipelining, venture building, incubation, acceleration through to investment.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I’m looking forward to the Hosted Investor Programme as an opportunity to present Five35 Ventures, and our recently launched 35’er Club, to potential investors, allies and the general network of individuals interested in unlocking the opportunity of investing in female-focussed, tech-enabled businesses in Africa. Our goal with the 35’er Club is to open up our fund to smart & purposeful money from women with a shared vision and desire to use some of their time, capital, and network access to invest in and support the next generation of female tech founders. The Hosted Investor Programme is well timed as Five35 Ventures is currently fully focussed on capital raising as we aim to do our first close in Q1 2022. We’re also happy to share our learnings, best practices and insights as specialists in the gender-lens investing space.  

Janade Du Plessis

Janade Du Plessis

Launch Africa Ventures, South Africa

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Janade is the co- founder of two Pan-African VC funds (Launch Africa Ventures and Five35 Ventures), underpinning his passion for entrepreneurship, technology and gender lens investing, having invested in over 70+ investments in African seed stage technology start-ups. Previously, through his impact fund he has invested in 19 female-led SMEs in 14 African countries.   He is a PhD in human behavioral sciences and an Executive Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), currently mentoring a select number of entrepreneurs. 

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
I'm looking forward to actively engage with international investors to tell the African story and the growth venture capital in Africa, showcasing our portfolio companies in Five35 Ventures and Launch Africa Ventures.   I am also looking forward to the opportunity to engage with start-ups to provide guidance and seek potential investment opportunities.

Henrik Von Schoultz

Henrik Von Schoultz

Angel Investor True Global Ventures, Sweden

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Henrik von Schoultz, who is based in Stockholm, Sweden, is a tech entrepreneur who since 2013 has been active as a business angel and partner in True Global Ventures He has invested in a large number of companies mostly in tech., Henrik is deeply integrated into the dynamic Scandinavian startup scene.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
My expectations are to understand more about the ecosystem around fintech/crypto companies and also ESG companies at Gitex 

Kathleen Schwind

Kathleen Schwind

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), USA

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Kathleen Schwind holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge. Her academic research focuses on transboundary freshwater disputes and the role of water in geopolitics in the MENA region. Kathleen has worked with a variety of U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, special interest groups, and local governments on various aspects of entrepreneurship and leadership, including the role of entrepreneurs in informal settlements, entrepreneurship in cross-border collaboration, and the role of start-ups in the security space. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an alumna of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI).

Over the past year, Kathleen has been a founding member of the MIT-Middle East Leader’s Journey course and a new (yet to be formally launched) Middle East initiative centered around supporting cross-border venture development. Situated in MISTI, these programs offer partners in the Middle East and the MIT community the opportunity to collaborate and address growing challenges in the region while developing regional and cross-country collaboration. The new initiative leverages MIT faculty and students as agents of this collaboration to create new synergies, gain increased international understanding, and address global challenges with a specific focus on development of joint ventures focused on water, healthcare, and economic development.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is looking to connect with founders and entrepreneurs that are passionate about the water, healthcare, and/or economic development space. MISTI is specifically looking for those that are interested in cross-border collaboration and partnership-building in the Middle East. MISTI also hopes to connect with investors and strategic partners that share the vision and the financial resources to support multi-country collaborations and cooperation in the region.

Kirill Kozhevnikov

Kirill Kozhevnikov

RTP Global, Russia & India

 

Your journey as an investor and company:
Kirill is a Partner and Investment Advisor of RTP Global, based out of India, mostly focusing on India and SEA. At RTP Global Kirill is covering edutech, fintech, and SaaS, among other sectors. Kirill serves as a Board member/observer in most of his portfolio companies which include Khatabook, MoneyTap/Freo, Classplus, Newton School, Agara, and others. Before RTP Global Kirill was an MD and Partner at Sistema Asia Fund which he co-created and launched operations in India and Singapore, as well as led 5 out of the fund’s 10 investments in 2016-2018, and served as Board Member in Indian and Singaporean companies. Prior to that for 5 years he was managing multiple VC deals in Russia as a Venture Partner at European fund, and as a Chief Investment Officer at sovereign nanotechnology fund. Kirill started his career in the Big Four company and moved to investment banking where he was doing M&A deals and corporate finance advisory for 7 years. Kirill has a Master degree in Engineering and Economics from Moscow Aviation Institute, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In June 2019 Kirill started Kauffman Fellowship, one of the world’s premier innovation, leadership, and venture capital focused programs, and is a member of Class 24.

 

What are your expectations/targets/goals to achieve as part of the Hosted Investor Programme?
RTP Global currently focuses on 4 mega regions (USA, EU, India, SEA), and exploring new investment destinations; MENA is one of the most rapidly developing regions on the planet, and I am keen to deep dive into the eco-system. I am open to meet with founders at pre-Series A/Series A stage, IT/internat/technology focused businesses, as well as angels/investors of Seed/Series A/Series B/Growth stages. Happy to share my 6-year investment experience in India as a foreign investor. Would like to understand the substance requirements for setting up an investment vehicle(s) in the region.

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