SNÉ, Israel’ Technology Transfer Company, has closed a $2.5 million financing round from Arieli Capital, a venture capital fund which is currently in a process of being established, and managed by Eric (Ariel) Bentov. This is the first significant external financing round by SNÉ, which was selected by the Council of Higher Education in Israel (CHE) as the preferred provider of intellectual property commercialization services for all academic colleges and government-funded hospitals and research institutes.

SNE is a spin-off of Rosetta IP dealing with  commercialization of IP from the Academy to the Industry.

SNÉ offers a direct and accelerated route to the commercialization of intellectual property for more than 40 colleges and government-funded research institutes and hospitals. Using a proprietary methodology, its services save time and hassle in the establishment of a commercialization center for promising inventions, providing research institutes with a proven and efficient solution.

The company is already closely cooperating with Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design; Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art; Afeka Academic College of Engineering; Hadassah Academic College; Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center; ORT Braude; Medical Center of the Galilee, and Ruppin Academic Center. SNE engages in discovering knowledge with commercialization potential in a range of fields, including biotechnology, medical devices, software, industrial design, cleantech, agriculture, and water technologies.

SNÉ is based in Ra’anana and has 10 employees. It was founded in 2013 by Omri Raisman, Gerardo Nahum, Dr. Shai Yarkoni, and Adv. Amos Konforti. The company won an eight-year government tender (with an option to extend for four more years), published by the Council of Higher Education, to establish a company to encourage the commercialization of know-how and intellectual property at colleges. The goals of the initiative were to expand the colleges’ sources of revenue and improve the innovation and competitiveness of Israeli industry. As part of the tender’s terms, the Council of Higher Education has allocated NIS 26 million to support this activity.

A year ago, Avi Ben-Zichri, who has held a number of senior positions in high tech over the past 20 years, was appointed CEO of SNÉ. In the late 1990s, Avi served as Vice President of Development at Siemens Data Communications, and following that as Vice President of Development at Oplus, which was sold to Intel for $100 million in 2005. He then served as COO Israel at NeuStar, an American company that acquired the Israeli start-up FollowApp in 2006. In 2013-2015, Ben-Zichri returned to Intel, serving as a project manager in Intel’s RealSense 3D camera project.

 

“We intend to use the capital raised to increase the number of institutions SNÉ works with in the coming year. We also plan to advance and develop current products, expand its portfolio of new products and prepare them for commercialization,” said Ben Zichri. ”Along with this, we will invest in engineering and field tests, and continue to develop business relations with industry and investment funds in Israel and overseas.”

Eric (Ariel) Bentov, Chairman of Ariel Capital, said: “We chose to invest in SNÉ as we believe in the marketing potential of the company and in the capability of its management team to provide the industry with an ongoing stream of proven business ideas from academic and research institutions from all over Israel. Beyond the financial investment, we intend to put our marketing and sales capabilities at the disposal of SNÉ, while  emphasizing the thorough testing of each technology’s marketing potential.”

Arieli Capital is a new venture fund, which is in a process of being established these days, focused on the Israeli technology sector. Arieli seeks to invest at the earliest stages and then continue to invest in the company through both financial resources and active involvement in the commercial growth of the venture.  Arieli’s management and advisory board include a former Fortune 500 level CMO, successful tech entrepreneurs, investment bankers and corporate leaders. Arieli’s founder, Eric Bentov, established the Eilat Tech Hub, and Arieli is actively working to develop ventures in the Eilat region and across the country.

 

For further information:

Uri Meirovitch, Meirovitch Public Relations, SNÉ public relations, mobile – +972-54-6400070, tel. +972-77-212998