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The Floor:积极推动以色列金融科技与中国等亚洲国家合作

以色列在线平台Floor将成立一个研发中心和合作工作室,同时举办相关活动,带领以色列金融科技企业走入中国、新加坡等亚洲国家市场。

以色列的创新能力一直处于全球领先的地位,而且也是全球少有的存款多于贷款的国家之一。以色列金融科技领域同样表现出色。据统计,2015年1月到9月,43家以色列金融科技公司成功进行了融资。不过这样的成绩还不是全球最佳的,至少目前不是。

而金融科技创新平台Floor的出现或许会让这种局面有所改观。Floor位于特拉维夫市中心,由中国投资公司Pando集团投资建立,投资总额200万美元。以色列在金融科技领域要面对的对手也不少,比如伦敦、纽约、香港以及新加坡。但是Pando集团这种在以色列新兴企业与亚洲市场之间建立联系的设想可谓是独树一帜。

Floor负责人Gil Devora表示:"Floor计划建立一个有竞争力且多样化的利益相关者生态系统,这些利益相关者包括金融科技创业者、银行、保险公司、服务商、监管方、投资商以及科技公司。我们已经与四家全球最大的国际银行建立了合作关系,希望借此覆盖全球市场,从而帮助以色列新兴企业进军扩大市场范围,同时也可以推动大量的国际银行在以色列开启本地化创新运营。"

这一投入将推进以色列金融科技与全球,尤其是亚洲的风险投资集团建立合作桥梁,目前已经有三家亚洲银行成为其支持者。Floor占地1600平米,配置了合作工作室、研发中心、活动中心以及"增长"项目中心,Floor试图把增长项目中心建设成有异于新兴公司熟知的传统孵化器和加速器的工作中心。

Floor最多可容纳25家企业,具有会员资格的公司将获得与国际金融巨头、风险投资商及其他导师级别的人物接触的机会,如Santander InnoVentures的Mariano Belinky,HSBC的Keren Chavkin-Lior和RBS的Neil Cuthbertson。这也将助力以色列的网络安全部把以色列建设成为物联网、区块链和识别计算技术中心。

"以色列在IDF进行的研发工作,以及密码学和大数据专业技术有助于我们保持持久的创新动力,从而实现与全球金融行业的完美衔接。"他提到。

以合作求共赢

Pando集团目前掌控者2.5亿美元的资金,主要关注点在于将中国资本引入以色列进行投资。在过去20年里,为把中以生态系统间的技术和金融纽带联系得更紧密,双方均作出了极大努力。Catalyst Private Equity和China Everbright Limited上月发布了第一份中以联合投资基金;一月,北京也举办了第一届中以技术创新与投资峰会。

Pando集团合伙人Oded Ron Edoute向记者透露:"对Floor投资,既是考虑到了Pando集团(与各大地方银行合作紧密)经营合伙人的背景,同时因为全球10大银行领航者中有5家来自中国。Pando计划向中国、香港和新加坡的各大银行引进以色列供应商,借鉴以色列经验,在中国建立类似的服务中心。"

这项投资策略将有利于Pando集团接触新奇创意,同时遴选出最具潜力的创业企业。Edoute表示,Pando期待这笔通过Floor基金进行的投资可以为集团带来巨大的回报,甚至众多中国其他行业合伙人也想要进行投资。

"中国金融市场也在快速发展,但是至今仍然存在一些文化差异,需要供应商提供良好的解决方案。我们相信与中国的主要企业紧密合作,中国的大企业参与投资将会推动我们更快地发展,也将为我们彼此都带来利益。"Edoute解释道。

Floor由Moises Cohen,Avi Cohen和Gil Devora合伙经营,此外公司还有8名员工。

The new hub will open an R&D center, collaborative workspace and host events that will link Israel's best in financial technology with investors and partners from Beijing to Singapore

Israel is one of the clear leaders in global innovation, plus one of the few countries in the world which holds more credit than debt. That being said, it goes without saying the country has one of the most prominent fintech sectors in the world. Forty-three Israeli fintech companies raised capital between January and September 2015, a remarkable feat.But they aren't considered No. 1, at least not yet.

That could all change with the debut of the Floor, a vertical-focused fintech hub in the heart of Tel Aviv with the $2 million backing of Chinese investment firm the Pando Group. Israel has a lot of competition from London, New York,Hong Kong and Singapore when it comes to financial technology, but Pando's commitment to connect Israeli startups with the Asian market could be a game changer.

"The Floor wants to create a complete yet diverse ecosystem of stakeholders such as fintech entrepreneurs, banks, insurance companies, service providers, regulators, investors and tech companies," Gil Devora, Managing Partner at the Floor, told Geektime. "We have partnered with four of the largest international banks to ensure geographic coverage of global markets which can help Israeli startups reach any market in the world, thus tripling the number of international banks in Israel doing innovation operations locally."

That input includes building bridges with venture capital groups around the world and in particular Asia. They already have three Asian banks locked down among their institutional supporters. The Floor will come jampacked with 1,600 square meters of collaborative workspace, an R&D center, event hosting and a "growth" program. That growth program also wants to set itself apart from the typical incubators and accelerators startups have grown accustomed to.

Up to 25 companies can rent office space at the floor while membership in general will get companies access to international financial players, venture capitalists and other mentors. These mentors include Mariano Belinky ofSantander InnoVentures, Keren Chavkin-Lior of HSBC and Neil Cuthbertson of RBS. It also helps that Israel's cyber security sector helps make the country a hub for IoT, blockchain and cognitive computing technology.

"In particular, the intensive Israeli R&D being done in the IDF and expertise in fields such as cryptography and Big Data creates a constant flow of innovation to create the perfect match when partnered with the global financial industry," he noted.

Bringing Israeli and Chinese innovation together

The Pando Group currently manages a $250 million fund with a focus of bringing Chinese capital to Israel. There has been a lot of effort to amplify technological and financial ties between the Israeli and Chinese ecosystems over the last couple years. Catalyst Private Equity and China Everbright Limited launched the "first" joint Israeli-Chinese investment fund just last month. Beijing also hosted the first China Israel Technology Innovation & Investment Summit in January.

"The investment in The Floor is based on the background of the managing partners in Pando Group (working closely with the local banks) and taking into account that five out of the 10 leading banks in the world are from China," Oded Ron Edoute, partner at the Pando Group, told Geektime. "Pando plans to introduce Israeli vendors to major banks in China, HK and Singapore and hopes to open similar hub in China based on the experience gained in Israel."

The investment strategy here would give Pando the inside track on the big ideas and to filter through companies with the most potential. According to Edoute, Pando expects that it will be able to bring a major return on investment through all the funding that comes through the Floor, even with so many industrial partners also looking to invest.

"The fintech market in China is also growing fast, yet there are still some cultural gaps that will require fine tune of the solutions provided by the vendors. We believe that working closely together and in some cases being sponsored by the major players in China will move things faster and will create mutual interest," Edoute explained.

The Floor is managed by general partners Moises Cohen, Avi Cohen and Gil Devora. They also maintain a staff of eight.


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