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    Viola Ventures (formerly Carmel Ventures) is a venture capital firm that invests in Israeli or Israeli-related early stage companies with significant ideas that can lead to transformational companies.

    As part of the Viola Group, we lead an independent investment strategy with a dedicated team and investors, while also offering our portfolio companies the added value of being part of a multi-strategy investment group with $2.8B AUM.

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    $1B AUM across 5 funds:
    Fund I $171M
    Fund II $202M
    Fund III $235M
    Fund IV $194M
    Fund V $200M

    INVESTMENT TEAM

    Founded in 2000, we are the only Israel-based VC fund with six investing partners solely dedicated to early-stage tech investments. This allows for unique depth and diversification that spans across a wide range of backgrounds and verticals.

    INVESTMENT AREAS

    We invest across a number of key market segments including Enterprise Infrastructure & Applications, FinTech, Frontier & Deep Technologies (automotive, IOT, AR/VR, drones) and Consumer Services.

    WE PARTNER EARLY

    Our mission is to partner with Israeli tech startups from inception, even as early as a PowerPoint deck. Typically we invest as the first institutional money with flexibility around seed, A, B rounds -$2m-$10m.

    PORTFOLIO

    With a portfolio of over 90 companies, Viola Ventures has backed a substantial share of Israel’s exits to date, including Actimize, RedBend, DesignArt, CopperGate, Exelate and ECI.

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    Viola Ventures | Shlomo Dovrat
    Viola Ventures | Ronen Nir

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    Viola Growth | Harel Beit-On

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    Viola Ventures | Daniel Cohen

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    Viola Ventures | Ronen Nir

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    Viola Ventures | Avi Zeevi

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    Viola Ventures | Daniel Cohen

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    Viola Ventures | Omry Ben David

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    Viola Ventures | Ori Bendori

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    Viola Ventures | Shlomo Dovrat

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    Viola Ventures | Zvika Orron

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    Viola Ventures | Daniel Cohen

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    Viola Ventures | Ronen Nir

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    Viola Ventures | Ori Bendori

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    Viola Ventures | Daniel Cohen

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    Viola Ventures | Daniel Cohen

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