Anthill’s Israel entity was formed in February 2019 to identify very targeted technology in the Media, Health and Urban technology categories and open markets for them in India and South East Asia.
India and Israel have started to forge closer ties and the same has started to happen with the respective startup ecosystems as well. Anthill India has a lot of potential synergies with the innovative tech and solutions coming out of Israel. Israel spawns one new company for every 1800 people – by far the highest rate in the world. According to the consultancy Deloitte, almost 1000 start-ups are launched every year in the country. Microsoft, Google and IBM have launched start-up incubators and accelerator programs in the country.
Israel has the largest number of startups per capita in the world, around one startup per 1,400 people, and was ranked as the third-best startup ecosystem in 2020 by StartupBlink. Tel Aviv’s tech sector is booming with a focus on cybersecurity, biotech and health tech startups.
Israel has a very small local market. This has actually been an advantage to companies in Israel. All companies in Israel need to be able to target larger external markets in India, Asia, Europe, the United States. So, there is a constant drive to innovate to reach those marketplaces. Otherwise, companies cannot survive just by tapping into the local markets. Perhaps more so than companies from larger countries, Israeli firms are forced to think globally from the beginning and need to develop technologies that are suitable for different kinds of markets.
India-Israel Bilateral Ties
India and Israel have a long history of strong bilateral ties that have promoted free trade and cooperation. The two nations have signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and are currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement that will bring the two countries even closer together.
India’s exports to Israel amounted to $3.7 billion while imports from Israel stood at $1.9 billion during 2018-2019, with exports to Israel having grown by 146% in the last decade.
Several governmental tie-ups such as the India-Israel Innovation Hub, Karnataka-Israel Industrial R&D Program, and the Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund serve to promote innovation and collaboration between technologies, entrepreneurs and companies from both nations.
Beyond strong governmental ties, Israel also has strong public-private partnerships with corporate players in India such as Accenture, Intel, and NASSCOM. This has allowed Israeli startups to gain access to Indian markets through an Indo-Israel ‘Scalerator’ and the Intel India Maker Lab. Such collaborative opportunities precipitate mutual innovation, access to talent, and collaborative growth.
Moreover, partnerships between the two nations continue to blossom, with Invest India and Invest in Israel having signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2019.
Benefits of entering India through Anthill Israel
- Global deal flow that needs Indian market access
- Early growth stage startups come through our accelerators so we tend to understand our portfolio better than regular VCs
- Agreements with corporate distribution channels help the startups build scale with speed
- Anthill’s dealflow gets curated by larger VC’s, Corporates and Family Offices and is given allocation because of the expert network of mentors, marketing and sales channels that we bring to the startup
Sectors in Focus
Israel’s unbelievable talent crosses sectors and industries. Whether you’re in Automotive, New Media & Internet, Health & Life Sciences, Agro-Tech or Water Technologies, Israel’s leading ecosystems have everything to offer.
Health & Life sciences
Hi-tech chips & Semiconductors