Yulia Karra
March 17

Representatives from dozens of European investment bodies are set to attend the tenth annual Europe Days conference later this week in Tel Aviv, in an effort to forge deeper ties with Israeli startups and entrepreneurs.

At least 14 representatives of venture capital funds and 18 representatives of companies, authorities and municipal bodies from Europe are scheduled to attend the conference on March 19 at the Meierhoff Gallery.  

More than 200 Israeli startups and entrepreneurs are expected to participate in the event. Among the industries set to take the spotlight are AI, food-tech, health-tech, biotech and eHealth, cyber, climate-tech and fin-tech.

This year’s event will also be streamed online for anyone unable to make it to Israel due to the tense security situation.

The investors who are scheduled to participate in the conference — primarily from Germany, Switzerland and Austria — manage over 1.5 billion Euros, according to estimates. At least 600 million of those funds are available for investment.

According to the IVC Research Center, in 2023 European companies purchased Israeli startups in business deals worth over $4.4 billion, despite the global financial downturn and the war in Gaza.

Since the start of 2024, 22 venture capital funds and European financial bodies have already made significant investments in Israeli tech. 

Gilli Cegla, CEO of Novawind — the initiator of Europe Days — says global competitiveness over innovative tech solutions makes Europe eager to invest abroad, even in war-hit Israel.  

“The companies and investors from Europe are now at a point where they must look outside, to places like Israel, which will provide them with what businesses all over the world are looking for: innovation, new products and winning business models.”

The sponsors and business partners of the event include: Berlin Partner, the German-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Helmholtz Association, the Israel Innovation Authority, Greater Zurich Area, Koeln Business, the Foreign Trade Administration, Bw-i, Advantage Austria, Germany Trade & Invest, NRW.Global Business, Vienna Business, the Israel Export Institute and Hubraum Investment Fund.

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