Smart Agro Fund
Smart Agro Fund is an R&D partnership traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. It specializes in agritech investments and the growth of agritech companies. Smart Agro seeks to invest in the research and business development of companies which have the power to significantly impact our future and help transition them to independent professionally managed companies who at their core, have a unique technology with tremendous commercial promise and economic value.
Smart Agro’s highly experienced management team has an extensive business network that supports the development of ideas and start-ups from early stage through mature companies to exit.
Agritech – the Israeli Market
The agritech sector has seen significant growth in investments from $84 million in 2014 to $174 in 2018. The number of active companies in this ecosystem has also increased dramatically and today numbers more than 440.
With a vibrant ecosystem enjoying constant growth, Israel has established itself as a global innovation hub that advances agritech and creates numerous business opportunities.
Israel is an innovation leader thanks to
its extensive agricultural background, world-class agronomy institutions and vast experience with advanced military technology (databases, simulators and aeronautical technologies). Israel is uniquely located geographically with a diverse topography, both combining to create in a very short distance, highly different and extreme growing environments.
Numerous multi-national corporations including Temasek, Mexichem Mitsui, Bayer, ADM, ChemChina, BASF and Monsanto Syngenta have invested in Israeli agritech.
Smart Agro – Management
Smart Agro’s management has a vast business network and reputation both in Israel and globally and is highly experienced in the establishment of agritech-focused startup companies.
Erez Meltzer – Chairman of the Board
Mr. Meltzer has over 30 years’ experience as a CEO and chairman of global Israeli companies and technology startups. He is an active investor in the agritech and biomed sectors and is the main investor in Supplant Agro Project. Previously he served as CEO in companies including Netafim, Africa-Israel, Creo-Scitex and the Gadot Chemicals & Shipping Group. Presently he serves as the Executive Chairman of the Hadassah Medical Centers.
Dganit Vered – CEO
Dganit was a Venture Partner at Entrée Capital, managing the AgriTech and FoodTech investments, responsible for 4 investments in Agritech. An active Chairwoman of the board at ViAqua, a biotechnology startup,. Dganit’s prior experience extends from VP R&D to CEO roles in numerous companies such as Perrigo, Hazera and Nobactra. She started her journey in semiconductors with Intel and in her last position she was Israel Fabs CS site manager. Dganit holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the Technion
Oren Attiya - CFO
Extensive Experience In Accounting And Finance Services For Local And Global Companies. Oren Has Served As The CFO Of Several Start-Ups And Incubators In The High-Tech, Life-Science And Food-Tech Sectors, Managing All Aspects Of Finance, From Bootstrapping To Maturity. Oren Has Vast Experience In M&As, Fundraising, Taxation, Budgeting And Day-To-Day Financial Management. Oren Has Served As Audit Manager At PwC Israel, Where He Provided Financing And Accounting Services To A Variety Of Public, Private, And International Companies And Incubators. Oren Holds A BA In Accounting And Economics And Is A Member Of The ICPA.