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Resilience and Growth: A Deep Dive into The Israeli Startup Ecosystem in 2024

Despite the challenges posed by the currently fraught geo-political reality, the Israeli tech sector continues to thrive and prosper. Quickly bouncing back from the shock of the October 7th attack and the military operation that followed, the Israeli startup ecosystem saw a 8.5% increase in funding in Q1 2024 compared to Q4 2023 - demonstrating its impressive resilience and adaptability once again.

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Registering over 9,000 local tech companies that have raised money from investors, Israel boasts a top 3 global tech investment market, with an ecosystem performance on par with that of the US when it comes to short-term and mid-term perspectives.

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Even when faced with precarious internal and external conditions, the country’s startup resilience is indicated by a projected M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) market value of $5.52bn in 2024, and the 20 new funds established in the country since October 7th.

This resilience stems from Israel’s spirit of innovation and perseverance. Even under significant pressure, startups find ways to adapt and thrive. With a focus on human capital development and a growing pool of talent, the future of Israeli tech looks bright.


The Israeli Startup Ecosystem: From Startup Nation to Scale-Up Nation

Israel's impressive startup scene, which gave the country its unofficial title as the "Startup Nation," is undergoing a transformation. While it continues to churn out new ventures, there's a growing emphasis in recent years on scaling existing ones. 

This shift towards becoming a "Scale-Up Nation" reflects a desire to see Israeli startups mature and dominate global markets, and improve local startup resilience over the long run.

However, this evolution isn't without its challenges. The Israeli startup ecosystem has taken a significant hit in 2023, with political unrest in the country and a prolonged war leading to heightened interest rates and increased caution among international investors.


But so far in 2024, the story is markedly different. The local tech ecosystem demonstrates remarkable resilience: startups are not only surviving but scaling revenue, teams, and operations, especially in newer fields like alternative protein development. Mergers and acquisitions are on the rise, with significant deal values, like the $700 million acquisition of Rune:ai by Nvidia.

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This resilience is fueled by Israel's innovative spirit and a "can-do" attitude (or as the locals call it - some good old “Chutzpah”). Even under duress, startups find ways to adapt and thrive, with a focus on nurturing talent and fostering a supportive environment for these "scale-up" companies.


Add to that the support of the Israeli government, the market’s strong maturity and experience, and the backing of 450 multinational companies with a presence in Israel (including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon) - and you get a recipe for overcoming adversity and pushing ahead with full steam.



Venture Capital in Israel: A Key Contributor

The reasons for this impressive bounce back can be traced to several key factors:

Strong VC Backing: Venture capital plays a critical role in shaping Israeli startups 2024 outlook. Despite global economic uncertainties, significant funding rounds continue, and tech acquisitions in Israel are slowly but surely climbing. High-profile examples include Resident, a leading digital marketplace for bedroom equipment acquired by Ashly Home, and BioCatch, a cybersecurity start-up purchased by Permira Group.


Talented Workforce: Israel boasts a robust pool of talent. World-renowned universities like the Technion churn out skilled graduates, while mandatory military service fosters teamwork, discipline, and a problem-solving mindset -  and young professionals with several years of cybersecurity experience under their belt. This translates to a workforce uniquely suited for the fast-paced startup environment, adding directly to the country’s competitive technological strengths.


Supportive Regulations: The Israeli government actively promotes innovation with pro-business policies, a dedicated innovation government office, and a streamlined, R&D (Research & Development) friendly, regulatory framework. This makes it easier for startups to navigate legalities and focus on growth. 


These factors translate to impressive statistics:

  • High Entrepreneurship Density: Israel boasts the highest concentration of entrepreneurs in Asia - 299.4 founders per 10,000 people.

  • Funding Powerhouse: Tel Aviv, the country’s technological and economic epicenter, attracts a massive share of funding, ranking 2nd outside of the US, trailing only behind London.

  • Growth and Adaptation: Even amidst challenges, startups continued to scale, draw impressive funding and valuations (with Wiz clocking in at a phenomenal $12bn), and reach dozens of exits, ranging from small to large-scale.


This resilience allows Israeli startups to not only survive but thrive in a competitive global market. As the focus shifts towards nurturing talent and fostering a supportive environment for scaling up existing ventures, investors who remained confident in the Israeli startup ecosystem throughout the last two quarters are now clearly vindicated.


The Israeli Tech Sector: Resilience and Growth in Numbers

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The Israeli tech sector has demonstrated its strength in multiple ways over the past year. In the timeframe between October 7th and April 1st, despite grim prospects, Israeli startups successfully raised an impressive $3.1bn in funding.


There have been numerous exits, including acquisitions exceeding $700 million and mega-deals surpassing $1 billion. Companies like BioCatch have grown significantly and achieved unicorn status, and the Health Tech sector surpassed Enterprise Software Solutions and Security Technologies at the top of the funding rounds list, indicating a strong, diverse and healthy tech scene.


 Adaptability in Uncertain Times


Israeli businesses have shown agility in continuing operations despite ongoing conflict. Their experience working through crises positions them well to navigate challenges.  Thanks to technologies like the Iron Dome, and the fact that the combat is taking place far from Tel Aviv and the rest of Israel’s geographical center, businesses continue to operate normally. 



And following the widespread mobilization efforts in October, the majority of Israel’s workforce is now back home, working daily and giving the country’s economy a major boost.


Overall, the Israeli startup scene appears to be thriving despite facing challenges. There's significant growth in funding and acquisitions, along with government support for the industry. This resilience positions Israeli startups for continued success, and also makes them better equipped than other startups anywhere in the world when an economic or societal crisis (like COVID-19) hits.

Simply put, startup resilience in Israel is second to none.


Tech Acquisitions in Israel in 2024


To further prove just how well the Israeli startups are doing so far in 2024, let’s take a look at some additional acquisition trends - and examine 5 case studies of companies who registered successful exits.


Cybersecurity Takeovers

The cybersecurity sector remains a hotbed for acquisitions - both from within and from outside of Israel. Leading this trend of cybersecurity resurgence is Wiz, a four-year company that has already reached unicorn status, with the acquisition of Gem Security for a reported $350 million; another notable acquisition is that of Avalor by US cybersecurity firm ZScaler for the same amount.


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Beyond Cybersecurity


Acquisitions and funding rounds extend beyond cybersecurity. Companies like DigitalOwl, which offers an AI-based platform for health claim management, or QuantHealth, a Bioinformatics startup, have successfully raised millions of dollars in the first months of 2024. 

This highlights the diversity and innovation within the Israeli tech landscape, where more and more health tech and food tech startups are taking center stage.


Mega-Rounds


Despite global economic uncertainties, Israeli startups continue to attract significant investments. VAST Data, a leader in object storage solutions, reached a massive $9.1bn valuation in December 2023, nearly tripling its previous valuation number following its Series E funding round. This is just one example of the recent large-scale funding rounds fueling growth in the Israeli tech sector.



Seed Funding Strength


Even early-stage startups are seeing robust funding. Seed investments benefitted startups like Euno and Nominal, indicating a healthy pipeline of innovative ventures. This growth signifies continued, healthy confidence in startup investments in Israel.

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Startup Investments in Israel: 5 Case Studies


Here's a closer look at some recent success stories:


Cybersecurity Champions


  • Wiz: This cybersecurity automation company exemplifies both resilience and innovation. Even amidst regional challenges, Wiz reached a whopping $12 billion evaluation, keeping direct competitors like Palo Alto Networks at bay. Their technology automates security workflows, a crucial step in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, which makes them an especially profitable and enticing enterprise.

  • Check Point Software Technologies: A household name in cybersecurity, Check Point completed the acquisition of cloud security company Perimeter 81 for $490 million less than a month before the October 7th attack. Despite the challenging situation, the acquisition went smoothly and the company was able to successfully integrate its new acquisition to its existing portfolio. This strategic move strengthens Check Point’s cloud security offerings, demonstrating their adaptability and commitment to growth.


  • Armis Security: This rising star in the landscape of cybersecurity, founded in 2015, focuses on securing the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Their recent acquisition of IoT security firm Silk for a disclosed $150 million showcases their focus on emerging threats and agility in a rapidly evolving market - positioning them as a force to be reckoned with in a highly competitive industry.


Beyond Security

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  • BioCatch: This behavioral biometrics company exemplifies diversification within the Israeli tech scene, taking its cues from the country’s cybersecurity breeding grounds and leveraging it in unique new ways. BioCatch uses behavioral cues to prevent fraud, achieving unicorn status through a successful acquisition. This highlights the growing influence of Israeli startups beyond cybersecurity, and how cross-pollination within the local tech sector itself can propel startups to impressive new heights.

  • VAST Data: Leading the way in object storage solutions, VAST Data secured a massive evaluation when it closed its Series E funding in late 2023, propelling it far above the threshold of being a unicorn. Their innovative approach to data storage underscores the diverse areas where Israeli startups are making significant strides, and their approach to capital management is a prime example for how to grow a business in healthy ways.


Israeli Tech Unicorns and Their Influence

The rise of Israeli unicorns like Wiz and BioCatch has a profound impact on the tech ecosystem:

  • Increased Investment: Unicorn success stories attract further investment to the region, fostering a vibrant, healthy scene of venture capital in Israel. This fuels the growth of other Israeli startups with innovative ideas.

  • Talent Acquisition: Highly valued startups can attract and retain top talent, creating a competitive and skilled workforce that benefits the entire ecosystem.

  • Global Recognition: Unicorn success stories put Israel on the map as a major innovation hub, attracting global partnerships and further investment opportunities.


Israeli startups 2024: A Roadmap


The startups and unicorns reviewed in this article are just a few examples of the many successful Israeli startups demonstrating resilience, innovation, and the power of "scaling up." 

With a strong foundation of talent, venture capital support, and a culture of innovation, the Israeli tech scene seems poised for continued success. The rise of new unicorns like Wiz and BioCatch is not only a testament to their achievements, but also a catalyst for attracting further investment, talent, and global recognition for the entire Israeli tech ecosystem.

And it’s not just the big players that demonstrate this.



The Israeli tech scene has solidified its position as a global leader in innovation, from the seed level up. To understand this success, focus on these 3 main points:


Resilient Growth


Israel’s proven track record as a nation and an innovation hub in overcoming challenges and crises, combined with a shift in attitude towards scaling existing startups, is the recipe to its startup ecosystem’s successful rebound following October 7th.


Innovation Hub


Israeli startups are not just surviving, they're pushing boundaries. R&D and innovation are the lifesblood running through the country’s entire tech apparatus. That’s why Israeli innovation firms, like Spyre Group, are so sought-after. Our work can transform your business - contact us and find out how.


Global Importance


Israel's tech prowess holds significant weight in the global startup landscape. It boasts one of the highest concentrations of startups per capita in the world, and it has been a major force in cybersecurity and beyond for many years now. That’s how you build resilience - with success, expertise and maturity.

Israel's tech ecosystem is a testament to the power of the country’s resilience, innovation, and a supportive environment. It serves as a model for other startup hubs, showcasing how to foster groundbreaking ideas and nurture them into global leaders, regardless of the challenges and uncertainties.








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