Quantum Startups May Be a Target in Pending $175 Million Pitango Fund

Pitango’s team includes Gad Huldai (left) Sapir Ben-Harosh, Eyal Niv, Yair Cassuto, and Ayal Itzkovitz. Photo: Roi Bar

Quantum technology startups may be a target of a new $175 million fund set to be completed by an Israel-based venture capital group, according to CTech and company statements.

Israel-based Pitango Venture Capital’s early-stage investments are varied and include quantum computing, artificial intelligence, cloud infrastructure Dev-Ops, cybersecurity and advanced logistics. Previously, Pitango invested in quantum projects that include Psiquantum and Zapata.

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“Pitango’s early-stage fund invests very early on in companies that develop breakthrough solutions to significant problems. We focus on joining forces with extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the vision to build leading companies and are not afraid of defining new categories,” the company said in a statement. “The fund will specialize in seed and Round A raises in deep-tech companies, in which technology plays a central role and particularly in companies making a positive impact on the world. Pitango’s Fund 7 invested in young companies that are already making a difference in their fields and Fund 8 carries that trajectory further. We are thankful for the trust placed in us by Pitango investors and the continuous faith in the Israeli industry as a whole. We invite entrepreneurs with interesting ideas to come in for a visit to our offices in Tel Aviv, Herzliya or via Zoom.”

The fund will be its eighth, according to filings it submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund, which will be named Pitango Venture Capital 8, will invest in young startups as early as seed round stage. The fund has already raised most of its target amount and can start investing. Pitango’s early-stage investment team includes Ayal Itzkovitz, Eyal Niv, Yair Cassuto, Gad Huldai, and Sapir Ben-Harosh, alongside two of the founders Chemi Peres and Rami Kalish.

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Founded in 1993 and based in Herzliya, a town in the Tel Aviv area, Pitango has more than $2.3 billion in assets under management. Pitango’s more than 250 portfolio companies include

Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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