For financial investors outside Israel, iAngels screens for the best Israeli start-up opportunities so they don’t have to.
“Today we see 85 deals a month and, of these deals, we usually invest in only one,” said Shelly Hod Moyal, one of the founders of the Israeli investment company. “We’re very selective.”
The Tel Aviv-based Hod Moyal visited Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in late-October for meetings with members of the investment community to raise awareness of Israel’s high-tech start-ups.
According to “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Israel has more high-tech start-ups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country in the world.
“iAngels allows for private investors all over the world to invest in Israeli high tech start-ups,” said Hod Moyal in an interview with the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. “All our opportunities are led by the top tier investors in Israel who have already made money on their investments. You get to join with local investors, and we bring you in under the same terms.
“According to our company research, 80 per cent of the successful companies are attributed to these top investors. Therefore, we made a decision that to increase the probability of good return; we invest only with these prominent investors. We have our own researchers on the ground that do due diligence on all these opportunities.”
The response in Canada has been “amazing,” she said.
“The investment community has been very receptive to investing in technology and innovation, and is interested in what we’re doing. What was also nice is that successful businesses are eager to get involved. They see the value of opening the doors of investment. From their perspective, Israel is known for creating wealth and returns for investors. It’s a great place to start. We look forward to long-term relationships with the community here,” she said.
Hod Moyal has evaluated investment opportunities for investment firms, private individuals and corporations around the world. iAngels specializes in enterprise software, cyber security, financial technology, advertising technology, mobile technology and the Internet.
“Israel has been a source for the leading technologies in the world, and has the highest exit ratio,” she said. “There is more liquidity, and a lot of start-ups are successfully exiting.”
The exit strategy is a way of cashing out an investment.
While investing with iAngels mitigates the risk with rigorous analytics, it’s important to diversify, she said.
“All the start-ups have been screened carefully. You can invest $5,000 US in one opportunity, and you can create a portfolio of 20 opportunities. You can invest in the best deals.”
Potential investors are invited to join iAngels via the company website at www.iangels.co. Once iAngels verifies that an investor meets the criteria, they will receive full access to the investing platform including a complete investment deck, portfolio dashboard, webinars, lead investors’ testimonials and the iAngels’ investment thesis.