Southern Israel Bridging Fund.

Why?

Israel has a solid track record of being an incubator of innovation that pioneers global industries and successful, highly valuable and profitable companies.

Yet, in the start-up curve, most companies “get stuck” in the “death valley” between Seed and Round A. Those companies need a “capital bridge” in order to move on to the next milestone.

However, in most cases, a capital bridge and a brilliant vision aren’t enough – in the end – it’s all about execution.

What?

At SIBF, we support visionary founders and offer them a bridge – both financially and strategically – towards scaling up.

We identify companies with unique potential and breakthrough technologies, invest in them, and lead them hand-in-hand to the next stage.

How?

We combine our expertise, strategy, and connections with hands-on experience that will ensure that our tech companies are expertly run.

We identify weaknesses and advantages, analyze challenges and potential markets, and create a winning strategy.

Our Unique Process & Practical Approach

DEAL FLOW

VCs, private equity & leading angels approach us to help their companies.

PARTNERSHIP & DUE DILIGENCE

We examine the company and optimize all its business aspects including management, finance, legal, target markets, therefore offering and more.

SCALE

We help the company to grow and become a market leader.

SECONDARY / EXIT

We bring the relevant VCs, private equity and corporations on board and guide the handing over of the company.

SIBF Portfolio

P2P crowd-mapping technology

Create a pro-quality video in no-time

The next generation of vacuum electronics

Real-time vision analysis and decision-making software

Everything you need in one cloud-based broadcast

An innovative multi- national Fantasy Sports platform

Disrupting the concept of alga-culture industrial manufacturing

Connecting non-profit organizations to philanthropy

Reinventing inverter solutions. Remodeling grid stability.

Revolutionary solution for herbicide resistant weeds

Egg sex determination

Bio-artificial pancreas

Automatic metadata discovery and data lineage for BI

Strategic Cyber Threat Intelligence

Innovative Hair Brush

Unique Security In-Product Tagging Solutions

Enhance Reliability, Safety and Cyber-security of Industrial Assets

Unique patented “Dual Sided RFPM” architecture

Alcohol balance & recovery 

Algorithmic platform for health data prediction based on genetic analysis.

Chiller Optimization Solution

A reversible multi polytrophic processes approach for energy storage.

Re-Innovating Rapid Diagnostics

Next Generation Molecular Level Analysis

Introducing alternative zero-emission fuel to enable the clean energy transition

developing an innovative, efficient, and affordable static solar lighting system

Our Model's Outcome

Short ROI

We exit within 6-48 months
(24 months on average).

Lower Risk

“Hands-on approach”

Gives us impact and control of the business.

Unique deal flow

Exposure to a novel and unique deal flow and opportunities.

Internal Due Diligence

Working closely with the company allows us to see a clear picture of the business and the value of the investment.

What Defines Our Investments?

  • Strong Team
  • Capital Efficient Technology
  • Proof of First Revenue
  • High Value Markets
  • Clear Business Model

Investment Strategy

$ 1m - 5M

Our initial investment ranges between $250K-$1M with reserves for future funding rounds. At the next round, we usually exit and hand over the company. In some cases, we join the round and co-invest with other leading funds.

Investment Focus

Agri-Tech

Enterprise Software

Medical Devices

Cyber

Mobile & New Media

Artificial Intelligence

The Team

Partners

Or Ben Shoshan

Managing Partner

15 years of global experience in managing capital, as well as managing and mentoring startup companies. Serves as chairman and member of the board of directors of several start-up companies and organizations, both profit and non-profit.

Or was also a partner in Sherpa InnoVentures VC fund and is deeply involved in Israel’s venture capital industry.

Eli Ben Simon

General Partner

Has held senior management positions in Netafim Ltd. for many years, and led its successful M&A in 2012 with Permira and the second merger with  Mexichem (now Orbia) in 2018.

Served as a member of the board of directors and managed the finance portfolio of a private fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Aviv Cohen

General Partner

Previously served as the treasurer of the municipality of Dimona, treasurer of the municipality of Be’er Sheva and over 20 years in the SK Group.

Held the positions of CEO of Nes Pan Ltd and Senior Vice President of the Baran Group (Management of Non-Engineering Companies) and since 2011 is serving as CEO of Oshira Ltd.

Boaz Or-Shraga

General Partner | Portfolio Manager

Over 20 years of experience in the Israeli high-tech scene. Served as VP of business development in Elbit, Head of Sales at Motorola Israel, lead sales, held BD and senior R&D management roles, led Motorola Ventures Israel. Has served as a member of the board of directors of various start-ups and now serves as chairman of the board of several start-ups. 

Holds an EMBA from Northwestern Kellogg, Physics & Mathematics degrees from Tel Aviv University and Electrical Engineering degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Doron Eldar

Partner

Dynamic and result-focused entrepreneur with over 10 years senior leadership experience in deploying new business models, expanding channels, advertising campaigns, formulating effective go-to- market strategies and driving market awareness.

Previously served in various managing positions in startups and companies.

Venture Partner

Tamir Pardo

Co-Founder & President

Tamir Pardo is the Co-Founder and President of Cardina Advisory.
Mr. Pardo is also the Co-Founder and President of XM Cyber.

Mr. Pardo has been the Director of the Mossad (2011 –2016) – the national intelligence agency of Israel and one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community.

After completing his term as the director of the Israeli Mossad
early 2016, Mr. Pardo lead and build Ventures in the fields of
Cyber Security, data analysis, aerospace and energy.

David Aviv

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Co-founded Cardina Advisory, harnessing his and his partners expertise and connections in Israel and worldwide.

Operating in the domains of cyber security and cyber intelligence, agrI-tech, energy and more.

In 2001 began his service in Israel’s Intelligence Agency served in various operational positions. Retired 2016.
David holds a B.Sc from The Jerusalem Hebrew University in Maritime science, and M.A from Haifa University in Maritime science and History.

Eyal Danino

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Co-Founder and Managing partner of Cardina Advisory. Has served in the IDF intelligence corp.

In 1988 began his service in the Israel Intelligence agency and served in various high-ranked operational positions. Retired in 2016.
Eyal holds a B.A in finance and marketing from the College of Management at Tel Aviv University, and an M.A. in Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University.

Venture Partner

Advisory Board

Dr. Gideon Stein

Gideon Stein joined Mobileye in 1999 after receiving his Ph.D. (1998) and M.Sc. (1993) in computer vision from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion (1990, Summa Cum Laude). As VP R&D from 1999 to 2005, he led the development of Mobileye’s first ADAS systems incorporating lane detection, vehicle detection, traffic sign detection and high beam control. Since 2005, as chief research scientist, he both heads Mobileye’s patent team and helps with algorithm and camera development.

An engineer at heart and wanting to make a positive impact in the world, he is pleased to have helped Mobileye become the global leader in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). With safer roads as his mission, Stein sees Mobileye technology already making a real safety impact today. Stein has published more than a dozen papers on computer vision for the automotive industry and is the named inventor on more than 200 granted and pending patents. Key areas of work include: algorithms and applications, camera and hardware design, multi-sensor designs and practical issues of factory installation and calibration. Stein is on the board of Immunity Pharma Ltd., an Israeli startup developing a treatment for ALS, and has helped found Value Squared, an Israel-based hedge fund for responsible investing. Recently, he established a scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students at the Technion and a second scholarship to sponsor MIT graduate students coming from the Technion.

In his spare time, Stein also enjoys travel and outdoor sports, such as whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking and scuba diving.




Dr. Esther Luzzatto

After ten years as a chemist at Luzzatto & Luzzatto, Dr. Esther Luzzatto became a partner in 1997. Today, in addition to her responsibilities as a managing partner, Esther works in the field of chemistry and dedicates her time to charity work. Esther (“Eti”) holds a doctorate in chemistry which she completed while teaching chemistry at a local high school and raising four children.

Eti dedicates approximately 40% of her time to social and community work both on behalf of the firm and her personal interests. Eti serves on dozens of public committees and amongst others, currently acts as head of the Yachdav Foundation which focuses on strengthening the social fabric of Southern Israel. Eti is also a member of the board of Ben Gurion University, the University’s Alumni Association, the Forum for the Economic Development of the Negev, Sami Shamoun College, Friends of Soroka Hospital, Friends of the Beer Sheva Theater and others. In addition, Eti is on the board of directors of Baran as well as Deputy Mayor of her hometown, Omer.




Our Pro Team

Amir Ulu

VP Operation

Colonel (reserve) Mr. Amir ulu

Amir has served in the IDF for 29 years in command and senior staff positions.

Amir has significant experience in field roles alongside experience in managing complex, resource-intensive systems and budgets.

Since his release from the IDF, Amir has run a real estate company and a cannabis company. Amir also holds a B.A. from the Hebrew University and a master’s degree in the Tel Aviv University Executive Program.

Meni Maor

VP Business Development

An active executive in several successful industrial and technological companies, and in venture capital since 2001. Substantial experience in the innovation space of Energy, Mobility & industrial domains.

Served as founder & managing director of Horizon GreenTech Ventures, active chairman & director in over 12 startups, extensive skill and experience in business development, strategic leadership and fund raising.

Meni holds an MBA and BA in Business studies (UWE, UK).

Shlomi Turgeman

Business Development

Shlomi has vast experience in resource development, government relations and business development. He worked for nearly a decade as a financial manager and resource developer in a national organization, managed the Katzrin Development Fund and served as the emissary of the Jewish Agency in Switzerland and Canada for 6 years.

Shlomi holds an MBA with a specialization in finance.

Guy Bertolozzi

Business Development &
Head of Italy desk

A lifetime entrepeneur, Guy’s path has taken him from Israel to Italy and worldwide. Guy  lives in Italy, where he has rooted himself for more than 30 years. With more than 25 years international business background, Guy brings a vast and deep business experience and a firm reputation from dealing with sensitive and delicate deals and transactions.

Ohad Crystal

Senior Investment Manager

Serial entrepreneur and an Angel investor with over 20 years of industry experience in the fields of Information Technology, Cyber Security, Enterprise Software and Online media.

Previously served in various managing positions in both the social sector and the business sector.

Asaf Avidan

General Counsel

Asaf is an engineer (B.Sc. Electronics & Electrical Engineering) and a lawyer (LL.M. Law & Technology).

Prior to joining SIBF he was a partner in TSMCL law firm and a business development and marketing executive in the hi-tech industry (over 13 years, last position as VP Marketing of a company in the RAD group). Prior to that, Asaf had served as an R&D engineer and project manager in the IDF (10 years in the prestigious 81 unit).

Asaf has extensive commercial, legal and technological experience, and serves as a fellow researcher at CCLP – Center for Cyber Law & Policy, Haifa University.

Zohar Dotan

Project Manager

Serves as the Managing Partner of a commerce company for detergents. Zohar comes with over 20 years of experience in commerce and business.

Additionally, throughout recent years, Zohar has provided counseling and chaperon services to companies and executives through creative thinking to resolve business development and marketing-related challenges.

Noam Gottlieb

Analyst

Noam brings with him years of extensive experience as an analyst and strategic researcher in a classified intelligence unit of the IDF.

He is proficient at pinpointing the essence from the many details that constitute a situation, especially the understanding of coinciding aspects of the product, technology, and business are involved.

Amir Witztum

Executive Assistant &
Investors Relations

Former private banker from Zurich. Prior to joining SIBF, Amir was managing the representative of a Swiss Family Office in Israel.

Prior to his Aliyah from Switzerland, he served for five years as a relationship manager at Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd. in the Israel desk, providing investment advice and portfolio construction services to ultra-high-net worth individuals.

Started his banking career in bank Credit Suisse and collected financial and accounting experience before at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Amir graduated in 2014 from the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration (Banking & Finance).

Strategic Partnerships (Firms)

SIBF Worldwide