Expert advise on trends to watch for 2016.
As reported in Israel 21C;
Jonathan Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, venture capital-crowdfunding hybrid platform for investing in Israeli startups:
Trend 1: More investment in Israeli technology companies, especially Asian and private-equity investments
Medved predicts “mega exits” for Israeli high-tech in 2016 as Israel’s exciting “romance with Asia” heats up even further and as more private equity drives Israeli tech forward. Serial entrepreneurs are coming back for more startup success – always a positive sign, says Medved. “2016 will be the year that when you thought it couldn’t get better it got a lot better.”
Trend 2: Israeli strengths will match the world’s technology demands
“Things that we do well in Israel are going to be more important for the world in 2016 — even more than they were in 2015 — like drones, robotics, optics and machine vision, big data and analytics, and cybersecurity,” Medved says, noting that Israel excels at building very hardcore technology. “We’re going to take a more important role in the world. The demands of the tech market are coming to our home-court advantage.”
Trend 3: More crowdfunding platforms and related regulations will let the public get involved in investing
“Until now, [Israel’s] great technologies and investments were pretty much off limits for your average reader or investor in the world,” says Medved. “People now have the option of not just reading about it and saying ‘Oh that’s cool, I like that,’ but, ‘I want to invest in it.’ Until now these kind of private investments were impossible.”
Industry reports indicate that crowdfunding will account for more investment in 2016 than will venture capital. New crowdfunding rules mean startups can solicit capital from any interested investor.
Dr. Shai Melcer, executive director of BioJerusalem:
Trend 1: Israel will provide digital-health salvation
Melcer says that in 2015, the “world talked about what is needed in the digital-health sector and 2016 is going to be a year characterized with much more actual activity” in mHealth, health IT, telemedicine, wearables, eHealth and other areas of the digital healthcare revolution. Israeli companies will provide “a large portion of this solution. The US is looking to Israel for salvation in digital health. There’s no doubt that we have what it takes to mark the main targets.”
Trend 2: Partnerships will advance personalized medicine
“It’s going to be a year where big pharma and healthcare systems will be combining different types of solutions to give better healthcare,” says Melcer. New or improved drugs will be combined with new or improved diagnostics to personalize medicine. More pharma companies will sign contracts with Israeli diagnostic startups to provide personalized healthcare kits to make therapy cheaper, easier on the patient and more successful.
Trend 3: Medical devices and biotechnology for cancer, brain conditions, diabetes, cardio, vision and asthma
Melcer says Israeli med-tech and biotech will focus on cancer and brain solutions in 2016, as well as diabetes, cardio, vision and asthma. Expect to see improved drugs and drug-delivery platforms, cancer immunotherapy, vaporizers to help drugs to pass the blood-brain barrier, virtual reality and robotics to aid surgeons, and advanced stents and implants.
Jack Levy, Israel Cleantech Ventures founding partner:
Trend 1: More investment in “sharing economy” companies to reduce the environmental footprint of various industries
As an example, Levy points to Via, an Israeli ride-sharing app launched in 2012 and so far available in parts of Chicago and New York City. Book a ride and in under a second the algorithms match you with a vehicle going your way, driven by a licensed taxi driver. Rides are $5 plus tax prepaid or $7 plus tax per ride. Last April, Via raised $27 million in a financing round led by Pitango.
Trend 2: More investment in sustainable agriculture, including bio-ag and precision-ag technologies
Levy’s examples include Groundwork BioAg, which is developing and commercializing natural mycorrhizal fungi to help crops better absorb nutrients; CropX hardware and software systems that help farmers improve yield by understanding the status of their soil in real time; and Rootility, whose root-focused, GMO-free breeding methods dramatically increase crop yields and overall agronomic performance.
Trend 3: Continued growth of established water-treatment companies
Advanced, energy-efficient water and wastewater treatment technologies for municipal and industrial plants from Israeli companies such as AqWise and Emefcy are becoming ever more in demand as places such as California look to Israel for solutions for smart water management.
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