On October 29, The Israel Economic Mission in NYC partnered with the Canadian Trade Commission (Consulate General of Canada) to host a unique event in New York that introduced funds from our two nations to the local investment community. The first “Canada-Israel Private Equity and Venture Fund Conference” was designed to provide information for New York and U.S. based limited partners about the venture capital and private equity asset classes in Israel and Canada. 10 Israeli funds and 9 Canadian funds participated in an entire afternoon filled with one-on-one meetings with local investors.
The Israel Economic Mission in NYC organizes and participates in dozens of events every year. Additionally, because of the hearty startup and R&D environment in Israel, Silicon Wadi is also home to a very robust ecosystem of VC and PE funding.
Economic presentations about the local investment and technology landscapes were delivered by Mike Wollatt of the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA) and Oded Distel of Israel’s Investment Promotion Center (IPC).
Following the speeches, the conference featured an executive panel from LP’s about investment trends in Israel and Canada. Speakers included: Chris Walker of Harbourvest (Canada); Ehud Hai of Vintage Investment Partners (Israel); and Neal Hill, VP Funds of Funds, Business Development Bank of Canada. The panel was moderated by Carl Berg of Catalyst Partners. After the panel, the group was treated to a networking power lunch, ahead of three hours of one-on-one meetings between Israeli and Canadian funds and pre-registered locally-based LP’s. In all, the funds had more than 100 one-on-one meetings, split almost evenly between the Israeli and Canadian funds.
The ten Israeli funds were:
For more information about investment opportunities in Israel, contact Erik Blumberg at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.
To learn more about investing in Canada and Canadian business opportunities, contact Mike Woronuk at the Canadian Trade Commission.