Technation: Security Tech Incubator Opens in Be’er Sheva

Koby Haber named to head LeumiTech; Ex-Facebooker to head Accel’s Tel Aviv office.

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Cybersecurity experts are nervous following two potential cyber attacks in the space of three days.Credit: Reuters

Security tech incubator opens in Be’er Sheva

A new center for security technology innovation is being launched in Be’er Sheva. BaseCamp Innovation Center will focus on finding, accelerating and investing in ideas and technologies in the areas of cybersecurity, homeland security and security robotics. The founder and president of BaseCamp is Uzy Zwebner, a co-founder of the city’s Advanced Technologies Park, where the center is located. Partners include Ben-Gurion University’s  technology company B.G. Negev, and British-Israeli ICA fund. BaseCamp working in partnership with Israel’s defense establishment. Eight research projects and initiatives will receive initial funding and other assistance from the center. So far, three ideas have been accepted, out of the 200 proposed. (TheMarker)

Ex-Facebooker to head Accel’s Tel Aviv office

The U.S. venture capital fund Accel Partners has appointed a local venture partner to lead its first office in Israel. Nir Bloomberger, until recently a senior member of Facebook’s global mergers and acquisitions team, was named to manage the fund’s investments in Israel. Accel has invested over $350 million in more than 30 Israeli startups. In April the fund, which has previously invested in companies including Facebook, Dropbox and Spotify, announced that it had raised $500 million for its Accel London V fund, which will target startups in Europe and in Israel. (Inbal Orpaz)

Koby Haber named to head LeumiTech

Bank Leumi is getting a new head of technology investment, after the resignation of deputy CEO and LeumiTech Chairman Prof. Daniel Tsiddon. Koby Haber, the head of the bank’s commercial and corporate division, will replace Tsiddon as the chairman of LeumiTech, Bank Leumi CEO Rakefet Russak Aminoach has announced. LeumiTech was launched two years ago by Tsiddon and Russak Aminoach. In April Tsiddon tendered his resignation, citing the way the new law capping the salaries of banking and financial executuves. Tsiddon will stay on as the chairman of Leumi Partners. (Michael Rochvarger)