Catalyst Investments is an Israeli-based Private Equity multi-fund firm with unparalleled access to Israeli deal flow and wide- reaching operational, financial and sector expertise. Since 1999 Catalyst Investments has managed 3 top-performing high- tech funds with the greatest ratio of potential unicorn portfolio companies in Israel.
With over $400M under management, Catalyst supports the long-term growth of innovative Israeli companies within global markets. Catalyst offers unique added-value to portfolio companies, with partners taking an active role and leveraging their significant business networks, including other strategic investors across the US, Europe, China and emerging markets, and vast transactional experience in capital markets and cross-border M&A.
Catalyst focuses on leading disruptive technology companies and was the only Israeli VC that invested in Mobileye, which was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion, a record-breaking exit for an Israeli company. Other notable investments include Tufin Technologies, a market leader in cybersecurity where Catalyst was the largest shareholder and which began trading on the NYSE in 2019, and Taboola, the largest Israeli adtech firm, which announced plans to go public on the NYSE in January 2021.
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Catalyst Fund I
The Catalyst Fund L.P. (Catalyst I, vintage 2000) was a top performer among Israeli funds, with 6 exits out of 11 portfolio companies. The Fund invested in technology companies and had a diversified portfolio, including companies from the telecom, information technology, medical device, and biotechnology sectors.
Catalyst Fund II
The Catalyst Private Equity Partners Fund L.P. (Catalyst II, vintage 2007), invested in mature, internationally expanding Israeli companies in diverse sectors. The fund invested in 12 portfolio companies, including two major market leaders in their fields, Mobileye and Tufin (NYSE:TUFN).
Catalyst CEL Fund
The Catalyst CEL Israel-China Fund primarily targets mid-to-late stage companies with proven innovation and a growth strategy oriented towards expansion of activities into emerging markets. The Fund was established in partnership with China Everbright Limited (165:HK), and this strategic cooperation allows the Fund to support the growth of Israeli companies in Greater China. The Fund had its first closing in March 2014 and reached its final closing in December 2015 with $151M in commitments. To date the Fund has made investments into 8 portfolio companies – Lamina Technologies, X-Jet, SatixFy, Taboola, Eloxx (NASDAQ:ELOX) Arbe Robotics, Raziel Therapeutics and Lutris Pharma.
*Yair Shamir was elected Parliament Member and served as Minister of Agriculture of the State of Israel in the 19th Knesset from 2013 until 2015.