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.
Based in Toronto & Tel Aviv with offices in the UK, Awz was launched in 2016 by 30-year security, intelligence, technology & business veteran Founder & Managing Partner Yaron Ashkenazi.
Awz is also led by RioCan Founder & Awz Partner & Chairman Edward Sonshineand Awz Advisory Committee President & Partner the Rt. Hon. Stephen J. Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada.
Awz is in an unparalleled position to identify, evaluate and invest in multi-purpose, defensive technologies with the greatest commercial potential thanks to: Our unique partnership with MAFAT (the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense R&D) and its partner agencies
Our partners and strategic advisors are entrepreneurs with a history of successful exits, seasoned investment professionals, and former senior directors of Israeli and global security and intelligence agencies like the CIA, FBI, MI5, CSIS, Mossad, Shin Bet, and Unit 8200. Awz manages over $350M across four funds.