Israeli start-ups from the field of agro-tech and food-tech have raised close to $800 million over the past five years

Exitvalley Team

Since 2014, Israeli start-ups from agrotechnology and food technology sectors have raised $759 million in about 250 transactions, according to a new report by Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) and AgFunder, which follows other investments and exits in the high-tech industry.

In just one year - these investments skyrocketed to a whopping $220 million

Israel is now home to about 700 start-ups and companies in the fields of technology, agriculture, and food. 2017 was a record year for recruitment in various agro-tech sectors, with investments of $220 million in Israeli companies. In 2017-2018, most of the capital ($208 million in 52 transactions) was in the farm management (the arm management software) - sensors and IoT for the detection of diseases and pests in crops and irrigation water efficiency technologies. The largest investments attracted start-ups with advanced imaging technologies and complex sensor systems, including: Taranis, Prospera, SeeTree, FieldIn, Phytech, Stormas, Suplant and CropX.
Agrotechnology companies raised $148 million in 59 deals. Developments from this industry include AI identification of inputs, seed-based algorithm growth, no genetic engineering, and medicines for dairy cows.

The future is already here - leading the sustainability revolution in agriculture

The largest growth in 2017 and 2018 was in retail and restaurant technologies (including CommonSense Robotics with $20 million), online restaurants and food sets (including Genie with $10 million) and bioenergy & biomaterials technologies. This includes three companies with recycling technologies that raised millions of dollars in the early-stage development.

Israel - a global agro-tech giant

A combination of agricultural background, world-class agronomic institutions, and experience working with advanced military technology systems (data, simulations and aerial technologies) are pushing the Israeli Agrofood-Tech scene forward. The founders of the companies, who have grown up in kibbutzim (traditionally pioneering farming communities), have accumulated a great deal of experience during their lifetime to lead innovative agricultural solutions adapted to the farmers' comfort and constant efficiency. For these and other reasons, Israel has always had a natural advantage in agricultural innovation - and it represents the elite and most advanced agricultural technologies in the world.

The financing rounds, made through the ExitValley platform, are in accordance with a model of statutory exemption from publishing a prospectus pursuant to sections 15A(A)(1) and 15A(A)(7) of the Israeli Securities Law - 1968.
Under this model, the disclosure of detailed information on the company and information about the investment in each round of financing are limited to not more than 35 investors, who are not qualified investors, and the round of financing is not in the format of an offering arrangement ("רכז הצעה"), as defined in the Securities Law.
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