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F2 Doubles Down on Israeli Founders with $250m in New Funds and a New Partner



F2 Venture Capital doubles down on Israeli tech founders at their earliest stages, having raised $250 million in new funds and appointed Maor Fridman as a Partner.

Tel Aviv, Israel–(Newsfile Corp. – July 5, 2022) – Today, F2 Venture Capital has announced its third seed fund of $150 million for Israeli founders building moonshot companies as well as its Select Fund to continue backing existing portfolio companies, bringing their new funds to $250M and total funds under management above $400M. F2’s areas of focus include Fintech, AI, Big Data, Cloud Ops, and Cyber, with an emphasis on companies pioneering new categories.

(from right) Noa Matz , Jonathan Saacks, Maor Fridman, and Barak Rabinowitz

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“Over the last 20 years, we have navigated through multiple market conditions, like the world finds itself in today. Some of our best investments emerged from times like this,” said Jonathan Saacks, Managing Partner at F2. “We are excited by the high potential opportunities we see in the Israeli ecosystem.”


To support their growth and focus on founders establishing deep-technology companies, they have promoted Maor Fridman to Partner. Fridman was previously a software engineer at Intel and Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he led cutting-edge projects in technology innovation. At F2, he has been a driving force in investments such as Justt, Parametrix, Astrix, DreamTeam and other companies still in stealth mode.

“Maor is radically founder-focused and has excelled as a VC in record time,” says Barak Rabinowitz, Managing Partner at F2. “Given his deep tech background and passion for business, he is the ideal partner for our new funds and growth.”

F2 Fund III is a step-up from its previous funds of $60 million and $75 million, launched in 2017 and 2019 respectively, as F2 has established itself as one of the most active seed investors in Israel, building on the momentum of category leaders the team previously backed like, and eToro.

“Now is the time to double down on bold founders. This not only includes funding but more importantly support with sharpening products and technological moats, building strong leadership, and ultimately finding the product-market fit and go-to-market strategy,” said Maor Fridman, newly appointed Partner at F2.

To support founders on their journey F2 has built several value-add platforms. The Junction is one platform developed by F2 that has become an institution in the local ecosystem. The Junction is F2’s pre-seed investment program that helps founders achieve technological, product, and business milestones in an accelerated time frame. Dating back to 2011 under their previous fund, Genesis Partners, The Junction has launched hundreds of companies including Honeybook, Appsflyer, Coralogix, Databand and CyberX with a community of hundreds of founders who “pay it forward” to the next generation.


Another value add is F2’s emphasis on high performance teams, with a dedicated partner Noa Matz having developed operational playbooks for startup psychology, coaching founders through the pressures and tradeoffs at the initial stages of company building – especially relevant in current market conditions.

F2 is the fund behind category leaders like Explorium, Justt, Parametrix, 4M Analytics and Dataloop, among others, and is now actively investing in a new generation of winners.

About F2:

F2 Venture Capital is a Tel Aviv-based VC firm that invests in early-stage technology companies on the cutting edge. Our team members have been investors, operators, and engineers in startups and multinational giants that changed the game over the last twenty years. With $400 million under management and personalized support, F2 powers visionary founders on their bold missions. F2 also operates The Junction, Israel’s premier pre-seed investment platform, to back founders with guidance, network, and capital from day zero. For more information please visit:

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Yaffa Abadi
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F2 Venture Capital
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New seed-stage VC fund from Finland secures €6 million in initial close for €30 million blockchain fund




Helsinki-based Equilibrium Ventures (EQV), a new seed-stage venture capital fund focused on the crypto sector, has successfully closed the first round of its €30 million fund, raising €6 million from limited partners (LPs). This milestone highlights growing interest in blockchain startups and a promising future for the European crypto ecosystem.

The fund is led by an experienced team of partners: Mika Honkasalo, Henrik Sundvik (formerly of Bain & Company), and Christopher Ahn (ex-Molten Ventures investor). Equilibrium Ventures aims to attract and support founders with deep technical expertise in blockchain technologies, covering areas such as zero-knowledge proofs and smart contracts, essential for developing advanced blockchain solutions.

Equilibrium Ventures has attracted a diverse group of backers, including strategic investors, family offices, and notable LPs like Sebastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse platform The Sandbox. This support underscores the fund’s credibility and signals growing confidence in crypto investments despite recent market challenges.

Dedicated to crypto infrastructure, Equilibrium Ventures emphasizes rigorous technical due diligence and value addition for pre-seed and seed engineering firms. With a network of about 70 blockchain engineers, mainly based in Europe, the fund is well-positioned to help startups develop robust blockchain technologies.


The renewed interest in venture capital investment in blockchain, bolstered by evolving regulatory landscapes in the US and Europe, is expected to increase investor confidence in the crypto sector. Equilibrium Ventures, with its technical expertise and strategic support, is poised to become a significant player in Europe’s crypto venture scene.

Looking ahead, Equilibrium Ventures aims for a second close by the end of this summer, targeting 80% of the total fund. This progress indicates strong momentum and the potential for significant contributions to the European blockchain ecosystem.


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Riot Platforms Acquires 14% Stake in Bitfarms Ltd.




Riot Platforms, Inc. has announced its acquisition of a 14% stake in Bitfarms Ltd., as detailed in a recent press release by Riot Platforms. This move aligns with Riot’s strategy to influence corporate governance within Bitfarms.

Acquisition Details

On June 13, 2024, Riot Platforms purchased 1,432,063 common shares of Bitfarms Ltd., representing about 0.35% of Bitfarms’ issued and outstanding common shares. The shares were bought on the Nasdaq Stock Market and other open markets at an average price of approximately $2.70 per share, totaling $3,870,293.46.

Before this acquisition, Riot held 56,194,973 common shares of Bitfarms, equating to 13.65% ownership. With the new shares, Riot now holds 57,627,036 common shares, resulting in a 14% stake in Bitfarms.


Strategic Intentions

Riot Platforms intends to call a special meeting of Bitfarms’ shareholders to nominate several independent directors to the board, citing concerns over Bitfarms’ corporate governance. Riot seeks to influence Bitfarms’ strategic direction and enhance its governance standards.

Riot is continuously reviewing its investment in Bitfarms and may adjust its position based on factors such as market conditions and the company’s financial status. Potential actions include increasing or decreasing its stake, entering into hedging transactions, or proposing additional strategic measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

The press release includes forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties, reflecting Riot’s current expectations and assumptions. Riot cautions investors to consider these risks before making investment decisions.


Riot’s vision is to become the leading Bitcoin-driven infrastructure platform, focusing on a vertically integrated strategy with Bitcoin mining operations in Texas and electrical switchgear engineering in Colorado.


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Manta Foundation Unveils $50M EcoFund to Foster Blockchain Innovation




The Manta Foundation has launched its $50 million EcoFund to build a robust ecosystem for leading blockchain projects, as per Manta Network. This initiative demonstrates the foundation’s commitment to funding opportunities and developer support for innovative blockchain ventures.

Funding and Support Opportunities
Starting June 15th, the one-year EcoFund will offer significant financial support through its Ecosystem Grant Program, which provides early-stage projects with grants of up to $50,000. This initial funding is crucial for bringing innovative ideas to life.

Additionally, the EcoFund dedicates $35 million for direct investments in promising projects on the Manta Network. These strategic investments aim to foster high-growth ventures that align with Manta Network’s long-term objectives, promoting a collaborative and mutually beneficial environment.

Diverse Project Focus
The Manta Foundation supports a broad range of projects across sectors such as DeFi, Gaming, NFTs, and more. These initiatives are chosen for their potential to drive consumer adoption and significantly enhance the Manta Network ecosystem.


Applications for the EcoFund are accepted on a rolling basis, ensuring ongoing funding and support opportunities. The foundation prioritizes projects with robust business models and scalability, aiming to ensure the ecosystem’s financial health and sustainability.

Specialized Funding Categories

In addition to general grants, the EcoFund targets specific high-growth areas:

– AI/DePIN: Focused on using AI and Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks for sustainable solutions.
– Zero-Knowledge: Investments in zero-knowledge technology to boost privacy and security in the blockchain space.
– Memecoins: The Moon Mission Grant supports the development and growth of meme projects on Manta Pacific, fostering a vibrant memecoin culture.

Events and Hackathons
To further enrich the ecosystem, the Manta Foundation has allocated $5 million for online and offline events and hackathons. These events aim to attract new developers and users, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within the Manta Network community.



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