Carmel Ventures

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Carmel Ventures
Industry Venture capital
Founded 2000
Founder Shlomo Dovrat, Avi Zeevi
Headquarters Herzliya, Israel
AUM USD 800 million
Number of employees

Carmel Ventures, established in 2000, is an Israeli venture capital fund with over $800 million under management. Carmel is focused on early stage companies in the fields of Software, Internet, Media, Communications, Semiconductors, and Consumer Electronics.

Carmel Ventures is a member of the Viola Group, a private equity investment group with over $2B under management, focused on technology-based investment opportunities in Israel.

General Partners[edit]

Shlomo Dovrat – General Partner, Co-founder. Founder of Tecnomatix; A prominent figure in the Israeli hi-tech entrepreneurial landscape; Until 2007 the chairman of ECI Telecom.

Avi Zeevi – General Partner, Co-founder. Veteran IT executive, with track record on global Fin-Tech ; A leading figure in the Israeli venture capital community.Leading Carmel’s investments in the FinTech and Software sectors

Ori Bendori – General Partner. CTO of Lannet and manager of the LAN Systems Group at Lucent Technologies; Leading Carmel’s investments in the communications and infrastructure space.

Ronen Nir - General Partner. Director and VP Product in Verint Systems; Project Team Manager in ECtel Ltd; elite Israeli Defense Forces' Intelligence Unit; Leading Carmel's investments in SaaS, Big Data, Cyber Security and Internet.

Daniel Cohen - General Partner. Was General Partner in Gemini Israel Ventures. Leading Carmel's investments in Digital Media, Gaming and Consumer Internet.

Itzik Avidor - CFO & Partner. Senior Audit Manager at Brightman Almagor & Co.

Rina Shainski – Venture Partner. R&D and business development manager in several high-growth companies, including Daisy Systems and Tecnomatix; A major investor and thought leader in mobile software.

Active Portfolio Companies[edit]


Company Industry Description Initial Investment Date Exit
Followap Communications Presence-based and Instant Messaging (IM) solutions to Mobile Operators 2001 Acquired by NeuStar in 2006 for $139M[1]
Actimize Enterprise Software Brokerage compliance, anti-money laundering, and fraud prevention 2001 Acquired by NICE Systems in 2007 for $280M[2]
ECI Telecom Communications Networking Infrastructure Equipment 2002 Acquired by Swarth Group in 2007 for $1.25B[3]
CopperGate Communications Home Networking Company 2005 Acquired by Sigma Designs in 2009 for $180M[4]
Snaptu Mobile Mobile Applications 2010 Acquired by Facebook in 2011 for $70M[5]
Oversi Networks*Wanova Communications rich-media caching and content delivery solutions 2004 Acquired by Allot Communications in 2012 .[6]
DesignArt Networks Communications Small cell modem and system design for cellular base stations 2005 Acquired by Qualcomm in 2012 .[7]
Wanova Communications desktop virtualization software 2009 Acquired by VMWare in 2012.
Shunra Software Software Network virtualization solutions for software testing 2004 Acquired by HP in 2014.[8]
Kontera Digital Advertising Content activation platform 2007 Acquired by Amobee in 2014 for $150M .[9]
Red Bend Software Software Mobile Software Management (MSM) 2000 Acquired by Harman in 2015.[10]
eXelate Media Digital Advertising Advertising Data 2007 Acquired by Nielsen N.V. in 2015.[11]
cVidya Networks Telecommunications Revenue assurance, Fraud management, 2004 Acquired by Amdocs in 2016 for $30 million[12]

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