Impact investing in israeli technology

ZORA is helping to grow the world's leading impact tech companies by backing exceptional Israeli teams who are driven to improve the health and wellbeing of our planet. 

With five investments and one exit to date, ZORA's new fund will add an additional twelve companies to its portfolio, multiplying its impact across UN Sustainable Development Goals including hunger, health, climate change and the environment.

Our hands-on approach and global networks give Israel's best impact entrepreneurs the support and resources they require to bring their life-changing innovations to the world. 

 
 

Investment criteria

ZORA partners with world-class Israeli entrepreneurs to help them scale their social and environmental impact, while achieving strong financial returns. 

In addition, we expect our teams to be: 

  • Guided by integrity, transparency and a genuine commitment to their social mission

  • Early stage, with aggressive growth plans and some demonstrable market traction

  • Offering a market rate of return and a game-plan toward exit

  • Raising between $1.0 and 3.0 million USD, with other investors already committed

  • Based in Israel

  • Able to meet criteria for B Corp Certification

 

 

Portfolio

 
 
 
 
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investors

ZORA invites approved accredited investors to join our investments. 

For more information on partnering with ZORA to bring your vision of impact to profitable fruition, please contact us at info@zora.vc.


Entrepreneurs

Israel-based impact entrepreneurs who meet the investment criteria above are welcome to submit materials at apply@zora.vc.

 

 
 

Team

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Vanessa Bartram, Managing Partner

Vanessa is an impact entrepreneur turned impact investor. Prior to ZORA, she founded and grew impact business - WorkSquare - from concept to $25M revenue. WorkSquare, a staffing and recruiting company, has been recognized in the United States by the Hitachi Foundation, Forbes and others for its unique for-profit approach to workforce development and poverty alleviation.

Prior to launching WorkSquare, Vanessa spent four years working in mergers and acquisitions, primarily with KPMG Corporate Finance in Mexico City. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. She is a Heritage Fellow with the Wexner Foundation and is a Co-Founder of LAVAN, a network of impact investors aligning capital to Jewish values. 

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Brian Steinberg, Associate

Prior to working at ZORA, Brian worked for four years at JP Morgan Chase in New York. He worked for two years in JP Morgan’s Community Development Bank, financing projects that revitalized under-served neighborhoods and foster sustainable economic growth. In addition, Brian was an analyst in the bank’s strategy, rotational program. While in New York, he was a LAVAN Impact Investor Fellow and member of the UJA New York Impact Investing Committee. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University.