Crescendo Venture Partners, a Tel-Aviv, Israel-based venture capital firm, is launching its new VC fund planned to raise $80 million-$100 million.
The new fund has completed its first closing and is planning to have its final closing in the first half of 2020.
The vehicle is managed by a group of seasoned venture capitalists with over 75 years of cumulative experience on both sides of the table, partnering with the Switzerland based Crescendo Group, which manages client assets in excess of USD 3 billions of dollars from across its eight offices in Geneva, London, Guernsey, New York, Miami, Madrid, Hong Kong, Montevideo and most recently Nassau.
The fund will invest in early stage Israeli software startups in fields such as big data, AI and machine learning with an emphasis on software that transforms traditional sectors such as agriculture, education, construction, healthcare and industry. It began operations during 2019 and has already made its first investment when it led the A round of Lightico, an Israeli startup that has developed an automation solution for the last mile of the customer journey in contact centers.
Crescendo Venture Partners is led by Zvi Schechter, Dr. Yuval Avni and Tal Mizrahi, formerly partners at Giza Venture Capital, together with Mark Kavelaars.
- Zvi Schechter is an early pioneer in Israel’s venture capital industry and was the co-founder of Giza Venture Capital in the 90s. Schechter led investments in groundbreaking companies, including companies which completed successful exits, such as Telegate, Cyota and Soluto. He also led investments in growing companies, like WalkMe, one of Israel’s foremost ‘unicorn’ startups, where Schechter was involved since the company’s inception.
- Dr. Yuval Avni served as a partner at Giza Venture Capital in Israel and in Giza’s overseas funds. During 2015-2019 he managed Beta-O2, a startup company he successfully led to a turnaround and to sustained growth. Prior to becoming an investor, Dr. Avni had been a surgeon and a graduate of the Technion Medical School. In recent years he has been a visiting lecturer on entrepreneurship and fundraising at the Technion and Tel Aviv University.
- Tal Mizrahi also served as a partner in Giza and has over 20 years of experience in investments, finance and the legal aspects of venture funds in Israel and abroad and high-tech companies. Prior to joining Giza, Mizrahi served as VP Finance at PortAuthority, which was acquired by Websense for approximately $100 million.
- Mark Kavelaars is a venture partner in the fund and brings with him over 20 years of managerial experience in tech, marketing and investments. Kavelaars is a managing partner and co-founder, at Swanlaab Venture Factory, Spain, a €60 million venture capital fund investing in innovative Spanish companies.