Empowering Growth

Awz Ventures invests in pioneering technologies to accelerate their journey from inception, commercialization & growth—to exit.

About Awz

Smart Capital

Awz combines business, technology & investment experts with the world's leading security & intelligence minds to deliver exceptional returns to our investors—as we actively guide our portfolio companies through their journey to commercial success and liquidity opportunities.
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Our Team

People First

Our partners & strategic advisors are entrepreneurs with a history of successful exits, seasoned investment professionals, and former senior director of Israeli and global security and intelligence agencies.
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Founder & Managing Partner
Yaron Ashkenazi
Founder & Managing Partner
Edward Sonshine
Founding Partner & Chairman of the Board
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Partner & President of Advisory Committee
Dame Stella Rimington​ ​
Former MI5 Director-General
Richard Fadden​ ​
Former CSIS Director
James Woolsey​
Former CIA Director
Tamir Pardo
Former Director of the Mossad
Buck Revell
Former FBI Associate Deputy Director
Richard Nesbitt
Strategic Advisor, Financial Services
Prof. Peretz Lavie
Strategic Advisor
Daniel Mak
General Partner, Strategic Growth
Avi Libman
Principal, Technology & Operations
Josh Gutenberg
Principal, Finance & Compliance
Howard Tanenbaum
Kenny Finkelstein
Ronnie Faust
Murray Goldman
Howard Sokolowski
Rick Ekstein
Aaron Mandelbaum
Eyal Beinart​
General Partner, Awz Ventures I & II
Erez Kreiner​
Venture Partner, Awz Ventures I & II
Brig. Gen. (Ret) Ehud Schneorson
Venture Partner, Awz Ventures III; Former Commander of Unit 8200
Ofer Kotler
General Partner, Awz X-Seed
Dr. Uri Cohen
General Partner, Awz X-Seed
Roni Alsheich
General Partner, Awz X-Seed
Dr. Amira Sharon ​
Technology Partner, Awz X-Seed
Ambassador Yuval Rotem​
Venture Partner
Haim Tomer​
Venture Partner
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Day
Strategic Advisor
Gary Barnea​
Strategic Advisor
Dr. Nigel Meir​
Venture Partner
Ilan Azouri​
Venture Partner
Dr. Tahel Altman​
Strategic Advisor, Medtech
Dr. Michal Arad​
Strategic Advisor, Technology Horizons
Ariel Zamir​
Strategic Advisor
Patrice E. Merrin​
Strategic Advisor
Ross Johnson ​
Strategic Advisor
Nadine Miller​
Strategic Advisor
David Posluns​
Ran Bar Or
Strategic Advisor, Commercial Growth
Peter Tanenbaum​
Strategic Advisor
Michael Shapiro​
Strategic Advisor
Joshua Goldman​
Strategic Advisor
Andrew Goldman​
Strategic Advisor
David Amsalem​
Strategic Advisor
Ofer Simchony​
Head, Strategic Partnerships
Nira Kirkirus
HR Director, Awz X-Seed
Ilana Schwartz​
Director of Communications
Nadav Katzir​
Portfolio Manager & In-House Counsel, Awz X-Seed
Ilana Gross
Operations Manager, Awz X-Seed
Isoken Akpata​
Financial Associate
Itai Rotem
Finance Manager, Awz X-Seed
Andrey Liaskovets​
Business Analyst, Awz X-Seed
Michael Kaplan
Executive Assistant
Roni Rabinian
Technology Analyst, Awz Ventures III
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Our Funds

From Inception to Exit

As part of our multi-stage strategy, Awz has established distinct funds focusing on a range of investment stages—each with dedicated GPs on the ground in Israel; managing over $300M across 4 funds and several co-investment vehicles.
Awz X-seed 1
Vintage 2021
Series: Inception, Pre-Seed, Seed
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Vintage 2017
Series: A & B
Awz ventures 2
Vintage 2019
Series: Seed, A, B
Awz ventures 3
Vintage 2022
Series: A, B
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Our Portfolio

Transformational Technology
Limitless Potential

With our unparalleled Smart Capital strategy, Awz actively supports our carefully selected portfolio companies whose next-generation, Artificial Intelligence-powered technologies benefit from our hands-on approach to foster their growth & success.








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The Awz X-Seed Hub

Technology Accelerated

Awz X-Seed is an unequalled early-stage technology fund: Investing more capital than an accelerator and providing more active support than a seed-stage fund, Awz X-Seed grows extraordinary technologies from inception to commercialization.
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Our Story

Investing in a Safer Tomorrow

Founded in 2016, Awz Ventures is the realization of Yaron Ashkenazi’s vision to build an investment powerhouse that brings together the expertise of Awz’s partners and advisors to address the global need for innovative security & intelligence technologies—to create a safer, more secure world.
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