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OurCrowd is a leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, vetting the latest technology from Israeli and global companies.
OurCrowd reported significant growth and expansion during 2014, and inover two short years, has established itself as a major international leading force in the equity crowdfunding industry, raising over $130M for 70+ portfolio companies, many of which won international awards. Portfolio companies include BillGuard, Consumer Physics (SCiO), BioCatch, Abe’s Market and ReWalk, OurCrowd’s first portfolio company to complete a successful IPO on the NASDAQ.
OurCrowd was the top ranked equity crowdfunding platform on KPMG’s top 50 FinTech innovator list (ranked #22). Managed by a team of well-known investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jonathan Medved, OurCrowd vets and selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these startups to its accredited membership. OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats.
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Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive XPRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, XPRIZE is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.
Christian Cotichini has over 20 years of experience leading startup and high growth technology companies. Christian founded Absolute Software, a leader in computer security and asset management. Christian is an active angel investor and mentors startup entrepreneurs. In 2013, Christian joined HeroX as co-founder and CEO.
David Stark is OurCrowd's Investment Partner. He began his career as an investment analyst at Blackstone in the Real Estate Private Equity group, where he was involved in multiple leveraged buyout acquisitions with a combined value of over $700 million. David graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.
On October 21, 2004, Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne reached the edge of space, an altitude of 100km, becoming the first privately built spacecraft to perform this feat, twice within two weeks. In so doing, they won the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE, ushering in a new era of commercial space exploration and applications.
HeroX was co-founded in 2013 by XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis, challenge designer Emily Fowler and entrepreneur Christian Cotichini as a means to democratize the innovation model of XPRIZE. HeroX exists to enable anyone, anywhere in the world, to create a challenge that addresses any problem or opportunity, build a community around that challenge and activate the circumstances that can lead to a breakthrough innovation.
This innovation model has existed for centuries. The Ansari XPRIZE was inspired by the 1927 Orteig Prize, in which Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis. The $25,000 prize had been offered by hotelier Raymond Orteig to spur tourism. Lindbergh's flight lead to a boom in air travel the world over.
A similar challenge had launched 200 years earlier with the 1716 Longitude Prize, which sought a technology to more accurately measure longitude at sea. Nearly 60 years later, a British clockmaker named John Harrison invented the chronometer, which spurred Trans-Atlantic migration on a massive scale.
In 1795, Napoleon offered a 12,000 franc prize for a better method of preserving food, which was often spoiled by the time it reached the front lines of his armies. The breakthrough innovation to Napoleon's prize led to the creation of the canning industry.
HeroX incentive prize challenges are designed to do the same — to harness the collective mind power of a community to innovate upon any problem or opportunity.
Michael founded Maniv Investments in 1997. Through its subsidiaries, Maniv Bioventures, Maniv Energy Capital and Maniv Mobility, he has been associated with dozens of startup enterprises during that time, and many successful exits (including Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASD: IRWD) and Metabolix (NASD: MBLX). Michael was instrumental in the creation of Israeli venture fund ICV (with over $150m under management), and serves on its advisory board. Through Maniv, Michael played a central role in Better Place, the electric car network company, as an investor, board member and executive. Through that and related experiences, Michael has developed a deep network and keen understanding of the automotive industry. Michael has a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and a JD from Northwestern School of Law.
Maniv Mobility is helping to expedite the new age of advanced transportation technology, including safety, business model innovation, and vehicle autonomy ("driverless cars"). We believe that in the 21st century, the public should not have to endure the daily tragedy of automotive fatalities, the frustration and productivity loss of traffic congestion, and the polluted air and public space that slow-moving and parked cars bring to our urban centers. In the last 20 years technology has made information and communication ubiquitous and close to free. In the next 20 it will do the same for mobility. We work with start-up companies, entrepreneurs, financiers and others to overcome the hurdles that will herald a grand new age.
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Olaf has developed deep technical expertise in new mobility, including autonomous vehicle technology, mobility business model innovation, automotive cybersecurity and public policy related to all these areas. He has worked directly on shaping autonomous vehicle policy and has published articles about how new mobility technologies are reshaping the automotive industry. Olaf has a B.A. from Princeton University and served in the IDF’s Foreign Relations branch acting as a military liaison with the U.S. military.
Open cloud platform that connects vehicles and the data they generate to a rich ecosystem of apps, offering a wide range of services to vehicle owners while allowing them to maintain control over the data they share.
Deep learning based system that allows perception of the environment around a vehicle, offering significantly better performance than current generation solutions (like Mobileye) on the same applications. Partnering with several OEMs including one that has made an investment to build autonomous functionality.
Enabling real-time driver feedback by using users’ smartphones as a smart dashcam. Nexar records and identifies risky driving behaviors, reading license plates to create a database of driver profiles. This helps to encourage safer driving while providing value to third parties such as insurance companies.
Developing sensor for autonomous vehicle applications that is neither radar nor lidar, instead using micro antennas to detect light waves, thereby offering unmatched resolution and adverse weather functionality at very low cost.
Maniv Mobility is the only fund dedicated exclusively to helping Israeli innovators build companies commensurate with the size of emerging opportunities in transportation. The fund envisions a world of autonomous, on-demand, electric mobility, operating as a service at a fraction of what consumers spend to move about today. As attested by its existing portfolio, Maniv invests in vehicle architecture, connected cars, autonomous tech and mobility service models, primarily early-stage and primarily in Israel.