A Cybersecurity and Medical Startup Frenzy Reaches its Peak on Demo Day!
On January 21st, the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Tel Aviv concluded its first-ever cybersecurity and medical accelerator program in Israel. The exclusive event introduced 11 companies graduating from the program—6 from the cybersecurity space and 5 from the medical space. This cohort, Tel Aviv's fifth, included startups from India, Israel, Japan, Slovenia and Spain.
Presenting to a handpicked crowd of the top 200 VCs, investors, industry players and journalists from Israel and around the world, the startups rocked the stage with outstanding pitches displaying some of the absolute best technologies to look out for in these fields. Accolades were soon to follow.
Ori Choshen, CEO of VLX Ventures shared his thoughts on the evening: "This is the number one event in the industry, both for meeting new startups and for networking." Yigal Jacoby, a top angel investor, added: "[T]here were excellent pitches. I've attended many similar events in other accelerators and this one, by far, presented the most qualified companies."
This batch brought in a number of global companies as partners, which provided knowledge and expertise, professional consulting and invaluable networking opportunities. From cyber security, partners included cloud service provider Akamai and venture capital fund JVP. Becton, Dickinson & Co., a leading global company in the medical technology field, and U.S.-based medical investor Healthbox also joined as partners.
Our previous classes have set the bar quite high in terms of raising money before graduation. I'm proud to say that this class was no different. 50% of the participating startups succeeded in raising money or investment proposals totaling $4M by Demo Day. The Accelerator in Tel Aviv managed to attract almost 600 viewers from 20 countries to our live stream of the event. We also set social media channels abuzz with over 200 tweets reaching more than 163,000 unique users, totaling 302,000 impressions around the globe!
One startup succinctly captured the energy of the night: "What a way to summarize four months of hard work. All the top Investors are here and the feedback we are getting is amazing. I'm ecstatic!" We're sure the other 10 startups would agree.
Here are all 11 graduated batch #5 startups:
|capy.me (Japan) provides user-friendly verification technologies for all internet users. www.capy.me|
|Data Flow (Israel) secures corporate applications by doing a run-time analysis of the application’s runtime environment. www.odmeda.com|
|Hermetic.io (Israel) develops a mobile vault for securing personal digital assets like photos and Bitcoins that guarantees unprecedented resistance to hacking.|
|Minereye (Israel) provides continuous tracking and monitoring of sensitive data on organization networks. www.minereye.com|
|ScadaFence (Israel) develops a disruptive technology that mitigates the complex threats posed against industrial networks and critical infrastructures, by detecting a broad spectrum of highly sophisticated attacks (APT), which remain undetected by the current solutions.|
|Siemplify (Israel) - Intelligence driven incident response - detect and respond to complex cyber threats in minutes rather than hours or days.|
|Exovite (Spain) offers a new concept of treatment combine 3D printed splints and an electro-stimulators controlled by smartphones. www.exovite.com|
|Kinestica (Slovenia) developed BiMeo – a neuro-rehabilitation system to aid therapy and treatment of a variety of injuries and diseases. www.kinestica.com|
|Medicope (Israel) navigates serious illness patients and caregivers to recovery, by removing non-clinical challenges to care. www.medicope.com|
|NIBS (Israel) develops a system for monitoring and treating brain disorders, utilizing non-invasive brain stimulation technology.|
|Observe Design (India) is a medical device innovation company working to develop interventions to prevent the spread of the deadly Healthcare Associated Infections.|