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By Eliran Rubin
The Mossad will invest in startups to gain access to technology
Israel’s Mossad spy agency is putting the finishing touches on an investment fund that will invest in local startups starting at the end of this month, bankers told TheMarker.
The fund will invest the Mossad’s own money, without any outside capital, and instead of getting shares in return will get rights to the startups’ products and technology for the agency’s use, said several bankers who helped set up the fund and requested anonymity.
Israel’s defense establishment, both the defense industry and the army, has earned a worldwide reputation for its technology prowess, but the Mossad’s investment fund marks a new and surprising turn. The aim is to give the agency direct access to state-of-the-art developments while adding to the value of the startups through the Mossad connection.
The Mossad, however, isn’t the first intelligence agency to link espionage with investing. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency set up its In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit fund that was founded 17 years ago.
The Prime Minister’s Office declined to confirm any details of the planned fund but said the matter was being examined.