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Israeli startups push crowdfunding as investment in Israel

New funding platforms for Israeli startup companies are making it easier for Jews around the world to invest in the future of Israel.
Moshe Hogeg, Chief Executive of Mobli Media Inc, an Israeli start-up, speaks during the company's launch in Tel Aviv, Israel June 15, 2015. Israeli start-up Mobli Media Inc is taking on Internet giants Google, Facebook and Yahoo with an innovative online search tool to find the latest photos and videos across social media sites, the company said on Monday. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  - RTX1GM8C

New funding platforms and high-profile success stories of Israeli technology companies are fueling the growth of small-scale investments by Zionist Jews seeking to help Israeli startups by reaching for their wallets and phone books. Funding platforms like OurCrowd and iAngels — which require relatively low minimum investments and supply easy access to pre-vetted Israeli startups — are making Israeli industry much more accessible to Jews outside Israel.

Sammy Rubin, an insurance entrepreneur from London, invested in Israeli startups through OurCrowd. His portfolio includes NextPeer, a gaming company that has been bought, and FreightOS, a shipping management service. Rubin told Al-Monitor that OurCrowd's investment platform lets him “participate in the Israel story, which has turned in the last few years into a high-tech story.”

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