Israeli high-tech funding slides in first half amid global recession fears

Tower Semiconductor is witnessed on smartphone in front of displayed Intel symbol in this illustration taken, February 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/

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JERUSALEM, July 13 (Reuters) – Israeli higher-tech begin-up companies elevated $9.8 billion in the first fifty percent of 2022, virtually a third significantly less than in the prior half amid signals of worldwide slowdown, a report by investigation team IVC and Bank Leumi’s (LUMI.TA) LeumiTech arm reported on Wednesday.

Separately, the government’s innovation institute and an unbiased tech coverage team warned of layoffs in the tech sector, which is a vital driver of economic development, accounting for 10% of positions in Israel and about 15% of financial action, largely exports.

In 2021 tech corporations raised a report $26 billion. The IVC/LeumiTech report confirmed a steep decline in mega-promotions valued at additional than $100 million, even though early-round financing remained powerful.

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“The first six months of 2022 identified Israeli tech at an inflection place concerning overhyped valuations and the high chance of world-wide financial melancholy,” IVC Chief Executive Male Holzman stated.

“It even now continues to be to be observed how the latest scenario will have an affect on the early phase get started-ups in the following months”.

Through the initially half there were 66 exits, 56 of them by mergers and acquisitions, including the $5.4 billion invest in of Tower Semiconductor by Intel (INTC.O) in February.

LeumiTech CEO Timor Arbel-Sadras said funding below $50 million continues to be secure. “This figure proves that there are fantastic firms that regulate to continue on increasing funds in accordance to their genuine benefit,” she stated.

“Need for technological solutions continues to be steady in all sectors.”

The private Start off-Up Country Policy Institute alongside one another with the state’s Israel Innovation Authority stated in a report that employment in high-tech grew 12.1% in 2021, but in latest weeks smaller tech corporations have commenced to lay off personnel.

“We are certainly going to see a rise in layoffs,” the coverage institute’s CEO Uri Gabai told Reuters. “But this all boils down to what is likely to materialize in the U.S. overall economy.”

“If it is really likely to be a extended economic downturn, we are going to see at some level a drop in financial investment in the Israeli substantial tech. This will obviously translate into the human cash side.”

(This story corrects to say that Start out-Up Nation Policy Institute is not a government institute)

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Reporting by Steven Scheer Modifying by Jan Harvey

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