IVC: Greylock Israel most active VC fund for 2008Greylock Israel is 2008?s most active venture capital fund, according to a new survey released by IVC Research Center which ranked Israeli VC funds according to the number of first investments made in 2008. Greylock Israel topped the list with nine first investments. Vertex ranked second with eight first investments for the second straight year. DFJ Tamir Fishman and AquAgro placed third with seven investments each, followed by Carmel and Israel Healthcare Ventures with six first investments each. Greylock Israel is owned by US-based Greylock Partners and is dedicated to investments in Israeli companies mainly in IT and software, with four 2008 deals in this sector. Vertex?s first investments were equally split among the IT & software, Internet and semiconductor sectors, with two deals in each. DFJ Tamir Fishman, a merged entity between Tamir Fishman Ventures and the US?s Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), made four of its seven investments in Internet companies. Carmel Ventures directed investments mostly to the Internet, IT and software sectors, with two deals in each. AquAgro, a venture capital fund dedicated to cleantech, made all seven of its deals in that sector. IHCV made its six investments in life science companies.
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