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Cactus Capital: Day One

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Today, we’re extremely grateful and excited to announce Cactus Capital — the first student-run VC in Israel powered by Ben-Gurion University.

At Cactus, our mission is simple: back and empower the best and brightest entrepreneurs at Ben-Gurion University, bringing world-class mentorship, and capital to the students.

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How It All Began

Our story begins about a year ago.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has taken a strategic decision to officially recognize entrepreneurship as one of its growth engines.

It is almost a classic “Cinderella story”, 5–10 years ago Beer-Sheva was considered an underdog comparing to its big sisters. After recognizing its potential, our city began to get the attention and the leverage it needed, from the government, the city council and of course our university. Now, imagine all the changes we have already passed and still going thought, our university has another card up its sleeve. This is why it decided to create us, Cactus Capital.

Our main goal is to serve as an academic-educational tool to encourage innovative ideas in the high-tech, biotech, and social fields. Each year, we’ll invest in dozens of groups of students. Leveraging entrepreneurship as a growth engine. The university will influence regional and national development, by training the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders in Israel.

Who We Are

We are students — just like you, who want to change the perception of entrepreneurship in the university.

We believe that our time at the university is the best time for us to unleash our best and brightest ideas and go after them! This is why we are here to help.

We can divide our main activities into two: Investment & Training:

We invest in the BGU’s ecosystem: students and recent graduates (under a year) and funding their startups with up to 20,000$. All you need to do is fill out an application form to get the process started.
We offer a new course associated with fresh.fund, for students who want to dive deep and explore the venture capital world — the best and brightest will become student analysts and be a part of the managing team of Cactus Capital. If you are interested — just fill this form.

What’s Next?

The most successful tech companies of the past 20 years were started at universities across the US, It’s time we make that change.

We are the next generation of Founders.

- The Cactus Capital Team

P.S. — just reach out at hello@cactus.capital and come to meet us over coffee.

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