Monthly Archives: June 2015

The world’s best boutique hotel

Luxury American tourism magazine Jetsetter has just named the 50-room Norman Hotel Tel Aviv as the world’s best boutique hotel. “Tel Aviv’s smart, stylish Norman is the real deal,” Jetsetter explained of its vote, which was based on reviews by … Continue reading

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A facelift for Camden market

Israeli Teddy Sagi’s company Market Tech Holdings will overhaul the open-air Union Street Market in Camden, London to construct a two-story market and adjacent boutique hotel. http://news.nocamels.com/2015/06/24/market-tech-announces-plans-for-camden-markets/

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$84 million investment in Checkmarx cyber security

US-based Insight Venture Partners has invested $84 million in Israeli cyber-security start-up Checkmarx to fund development and global expansion. Checkmarx’s customers already include the US Army, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom, Deloitte and PwC. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-cyber-start-up-checkmarx-nets-84m-investment/

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Farm2050 invests in CropX

Google CEO Eric Schmidt‘s Innovation Endeavors fund launched the Farm2050 collective in 2014, to accelerate the development and commercialization of agricultural technology. Farm2050’s first investment is in CropX – Israel’s adaptive irrigation company (March newsletter) http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkepes/2015/06/22/cropx-raises-9m-to-drive-agriculture-efficiency-through-technology/ http://www.cropx.com/press-releases/cropx-closes-9-million-series-a/

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Trade talks with China

Israel and China have begun negotiations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel. China’s Ministry of Commerce spokesman said that Israel is one of China’s major economic and trade partners in the Middle East and an FTA will … Continue reading

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World’s largest hotel group holds Israeli conference

60 general managers and senior executives of InterContinental Hotels visited Israel for their annual conference. They also enjoyed pitches from Israeli hotel-related start-ups EyeOnn, Bizzabo, Vatbox, Howazit, SevenPop and EatWith. http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Executives-from-worlds-largest-hotel-group-seek-hi-tech-in-Tel-Aviv-406929

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EasyJet starts Tel Aviv to Amsterdam route

From Oct, low-cost airline EasyJet will begin its tenth route from Tel Aviv – direct flights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, from $107 return. Tickets are now on sale. http://jewishbusinessnews.com/2015/06/25/easyjet-to-fly-tel-aviv-amsterdam-route-from-october/

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More fruit for Frutarom

Israel’s Frutarom, one of the world’s 10 largest companies in the field of flavors and specialty fine ingredients, has purchased Australia’s Taura, a world leading player in concentrated and texturized fruit ingredients. Taura has factories in New Zealand and Belgium, … Continue reading

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Revolutionizing the music business

Israeli startup Sound Better allows different artists and sound producers to collaborate from all over the world to make music online. Musicians can record themselves at home instead of in a studio. Sound Better has 10,000 participants worldwide. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197196#.VYqq6kbn-YA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo9eJNGfNPs

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The future of Mapme is mapped out

Mapme, developed by Israel’s Ben Lang when he served in the IDF, has just raised $1 million in venture capital. The community mapping technology is used in “Mapped in Israel” and “Israeli mapped in NY” which shows the locations of … Continue reading

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