Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bone-repair company plans NASDAQ IPO

Israel’s PolyPid is preparing to launch on NASDAQ.  PolyPid, develops an antibiotic coating for safer bone repair.  It also has two candidate bone grafting materials and a unique PLEX (Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation MatriX) mechanism for delivering medicine into the body. http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2015/01/18/israels-polypid-revives-80-million-nasdaq-ipo-plan/ … Continue reading

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Moovit is really moving

(Thanks to Michelle) Israel’s Moovit has raised $50 million for its mobile app that lets riders plan trips and avoid obstacles on public transit systems in more than 500 cities around the world. http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2015/01/14/moovit-picks-up-50-million-to-help-transit-riders-find-faster-routes/

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Microsoft buys another Israeli startup

Software giant Microsoft is acquiring Israel’s Equivo for at least $150 million.  Equivio’s text analysis software summarizes and condenses lengthy documents.  Microsoft plans to integrate the product into its Office 365 package to boost user productivity. http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2015/01/20/microsoft-buys-israeli-text-analysis-co-equivio-for-200-million/

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Games are a big business

Israel’s TabTable is one of the world’s top 10 mobile games publishers with operations in Israel, the U.S., China, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.  TabTable has just bought Serbia’s Level Bit, developers of Genesis Rising – the biggest PC game … Continue reading

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Israel exhibition pavilion opens in India

(Thanks to Stuart Palmer) The Israel pavilion entitled “Israel Innovation in India” opened at Vibrant Gujarat 2015, exhibiting the ongoing Indo-Israeli cooperation and showcasing advanced Israeli technologies in the fields of agriculture and homeland security. http://haifadiarist.blogspot.co.il/2015/01/israel-exhibition-pavilion-opens-in.html

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Huge investment in Israeli innovation

(Thanks to Michelle) The Israel Venture Capital (IVC) Research Center reported that Israeli venture capital funds attracted $914 million in 2014, up 68 percent on 2013.  Israeli companies raised $2.1 billion with US Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in 2014 – … Continue reading

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“Mortally wounded” Israeli recovers to launch triathlon

Ohad Ben-Yishai received critical shrapnel wounds to the head during Operation Protective Edge.  Still in a wheelchair, Ohad was given a break from his rehabilitation to officiate at the start of Eilat’s “Ironman” triathlon, in which his father is competing. … Continue reading

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Israel wins European speed-skating gold medal

(Hot off the press) Israel’s Vladislav Bykanov won gold in the 3000m race of the European Short Track Speed Skating championship. It is the first time an Israeli has won the competition.  The 26-year-old from Kiryat Shmona beat world champion … Continue reading

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Now you can fish in Jerusalem

(Thanks to Janglo) Nachal Refaim Park is a new Jerusalem park between the neighborhoods of Malcha, Givat Masua and Kiryat Menachem.  Jerusalem’s Mayor, Nir Barkat, found a good place in the park to do some river fishing. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=635849526521005&set=vb.159416337497662&type=2&theater http://www.israeltraveler.org/en/site/park-emek-refaeim

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Boutique revolution puts Israeli wines on world map

(Thanks to Israel21c) This AFP news story about Israeli boutique wines has been reprinted in Malaysia, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, the UK, Sweden and France.  Globes also reports that Israeli wine sales increased by 10% in 2014. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2912810/Boutique-revolution-puts-Israeli-wines-world-map.html http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-wine-exports-rose-10-in-2014-1001004088

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