Monday, February 16, 2015

Ping An, ZTE and Yongjin to Invest $25mm in Rainbow Medical

Israeli medical innovation investment company Rainbow Medical raised $ 25 million from leading Chinese companies such as Ping An Venture, ZTE Venture Capital (the investment arm of the Chinese mobile phone giant ZTE), Yongjin Group and Highlight Capital. The money raised will be used for the establishment of new companies with strong IP in various stages of clinical and pre-clinical trails in Israel and abroad.

Rainbow was founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Yossi Gross, CEO Efi Cohen-Arazi and GlenRock cooperation (the investment company of the Leon Recanati).

Rainbow's portfolio includes companies like Nano Retina, which develops an artificial retina on a microchip to regain sight to the blind, BlueWind Medical, a developer of a platform for nerve stimulation using a tiny wireless implant for treatment of neuropathic pain and Glusense that develops an implant that can directly measure blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Overall Rainbow invested in 12 companies that develop products to treat a variety of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and more.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Israel's JVP, China’s Shengjing360 launch $1m innovation contest

Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and Chinese accelerator Shengjing360 launched a global innovation competition that will pay a top prize of $1 million and another $500,000 in other prizes. 

The competition, which will draw on applicants from Israel, China, the US, Europe, and Latin America, will select 20 start-ups as finalists to compete in Beijing for the prizes in August.

“We congratulate our Israeli partners, including many of the leaders of the Israeli hi-tech industry,” said Xueling Cao, director of Shengjing Technology Co. at Shengjing360. “Israel has quickly become a global hub and model for an innovation driven culture. The goal of the competition is to identify the most promising, innovative startups globally, to open doors and support them, and to help them become groundbreaking, market-leading companies.”

The local portion of the competition, which JVP will lead along with a slew of corporate partners, will choose six to eight companies as semi-finalists, and three to advance to Beijing. “Israel is world-renowned for creating innovative, market- leading start-ups,” said JVP partner Yoav Tzruya. “This is a unique opportunity for companies to achieve a significant breakthrough in both global growth markets, including China, and to liaise with industry leaders. I’m sure this global competition will only generate even more interest in Israeli start-ups,” he added.

Companies that do not have more than $1m. in existing investment will be judged on the basis of whether their innovative technology has a clear market and whether they can produce a beta prototype within a year.

Companies in cyber-security, big data and data science, Internet and mobile, enterprise software, storage, fintech, Internet of things, wearable computing, and digital health will be eligible.

In related Israel-China news, Israeli tech company Taditel, which provides electronic solutions for the automotive industry, has opened a plant in China’s CI3 -Changzhou Industrial Incubator.

The company said it is moving some of its operations there in order to keep up with global competitors. Many of their clients are automobile suppliers based in China, and the proximity is important. “The group’s vision features a vast business horizon and the potential to expand its activities in China, in both electro-mechanical systems and additional fields,” said Taditel CEO Shachar Kadhai.

Last week, Israel and China signed a three-year agreement to strengthen innovation between the two countries. The agreement was signed at the first meeting of the China-Israel Innovation Committee, an initiative set up in May to foster closer economic ties.