Israel Aerospace Plans VC Fund to Invest in Five Startups Annually

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Israel Aerospace Plans VC Fund to Invest in Five Startups Annually
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) plans to set up a venture capital fund of up to $1.5 million investment in five startups annually.

IAI will begin proceedings in the coming days to obtain a permit from the Government Companies Authority to establish a venture capital fund for investing in startups, Globes reported last week quoting unnamed sources as saying.

According to the plan being formed at IAI, the fund will operate for a decade and invest in five startups annually that are developing new technologies involving IAI's core activity, such as space, navigation of drones, robotics, autonomous vehicles, electrical propulsion, micro and nano-satellites, sensors, etc.

The company intends to invest $500,000 to $1.5 million in each startup through the fund. Most of the money for the fund will come from IAI's research and development budget.

Since IAI is a government company, carrying out the plan requires approval from the Government Companies Authority. A meeting is scheduled for next week between IAI executives and heads of the Government Companies Authority, at which the matter will be discussed.

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