“In the face of ongoing adversities, Israeli tech must continue to deliver. This will be our true triumph in the war against terror and anti-Semitism.”
This is the impassioned mission statement of Good Company’s new Israel Tech MatchMaker, an AI-powered tool that matches investors to startups and helps startups find the right business opportunities to ensure the Israeli ecosystem will continue to thrive and deliver.
Israeli startups, investors and corporates can register on the free platform separately. Each begins by creating a profile, sharing preferences, industries, funding stages, tech focus, business goals, and more.
Then, they’ll receive email notifications on a regular basis identifying AI-powered match suggestions based on aligned preferences. Upon reviewing potential matches, users can decide if they want to meet. If both parties express interest in meeting, the MatchMaker automatically sends an intro email.
Founded in 2020, Good Company is a mission-driven venture capital firm based in Tel Aviv, created by some of Israel’s top founders to invest in technology startups in 20 different verticals, chosen for their potential to generate solutions for the planet’s biggest challenges.
Managing partners Shahar Botzer and Ido Fishler told Globes that they’d been building the matchmaking platform months before the October 7 Hamas attack, aiming to help their portfolio startups reach a variety of investors.
They’d planned on launching it in October. When the war began, they decided to open the project to all, anticipating a funding crunch for Israeli startups. The platform is supported by Bank Hapoalim, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner law firm and KMPG accounting firm.
“Due to the recent events in Israel, and the ongoing global war against terror, we have decided to open the Israel Tech MatchMaker widely and freely to all Israeli founders, international investors, and multinational corporates,” said Botzer.
Botzer further told Globes. “If Israeli high-tech will be harmed as a result of the war, and does not return to its previous strength, then Hamas has won.”
Meanwhile, Israel-based global venture capital firm Sarona Ventures has teamed up with other Israeli and American VCs to launch TechShield, designed to provide operating capital to Israeli technology and innovation companies affected directly by the war.
Startups may apply for the assistance if they are past the seed stage, with active customers, and currently experiencing difficulties such as founders, managers or staff unable to work because they were called up to serve in the reserves. TechShield pledges to support eligible companies through March 2025.