3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
3M's Electrical Markets Division (EMD) provides a diverse set of solutions for protecting, assessing and renewing the world's infrastructure. Through its products, services and multiple technology platforms, EMD helps customers protect valuable assets above ground and underground in water, energy, civil, transportation and telecom infrastructure. For more information, visit www.3M.com/water
3M New Ventures, headquartered in Munich, Germany, identifies and invests in innovative companies and disruptive new technologies of strategic relevance for 3M. For more information, visit www.3M.com/newventures.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people.
Emerald Technology Ventures is a global leader in cleantech venture capital and operates from offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2000, Emerald is a pioneer in this rapidly emerging sector and is focused on innovative technologies in energy, advanced materials and water. Since inception Emerald has managed three venture capital funds and two venture capital portfolio mandates totaling over EUR 300 million (USD 440 million). Emerald is currently investing out of its latest fund and is looking for energetic and passionate entrepreneurs with the vision to build world-class clean technology companies.
A pioneer in Israel's venture capital industry, Gemini Israel Funds has grown to be the leading Israeli seed and early stage fund in the Information Technology arena. The firm, founded in 1993, manages $700 million in five funds. Investments are focused on the areas of Communications and Wireless Technologies, Enterprise Software, Internet, Consumer Electronics and Semiconductors. Through offices in Israel and Silicon Valley, Gemini offers portfolio companies access to top-tier U.S.-based investors and a global network of corporate partners. As investment professionals, Gemini's key contributions include an ability to make daring investment decisions and the capability to utilize past operational experience in assisting portfolio companies. Past successes include: Allot, Mellanox, Saifun, Precise, Traiana, Diligent, Butterfly, Commtouch, Omet, Verisity, Jacada, Ceragon, Riverhead, nLayers, Itemfield and others. More information can be found at www.gemini.co.il.
GIZA VENTURE CAPITAL established in 1992, is a pioneer investor in seed and early-stage technology companies. Giza currently manages five funds totaling about US$600 million.
Giza investment professionals bring wealth of expertise and experience in Communications, Semiconductors, Information Technology, Enterprise Software, Life Sciences, CleanTech, Media, Internet & Entertainment.
Giza established an office in Singapore in 2001 and in recent years has also been actively investing in Taiwan-based companies. It is also actively involved in supporting its Israeli related portfolio companies to expand and partner in Taiwan and the Greater China region.
Giza has invested in 97 companies in the sectors of Communications, Information Technology, Enterprise Software, Cleantech and Life Sciences, with 32 successful exits.
Giza's vision in recognizing future technology leaders led to the following winning investments; Actimize (acquired by NICE Systems), Prosight (acquired by Primavera Systems), Oplus (acquired by Intel), Cyota (acquired by RSA), X Technologies (acquired by Guidant), Precise (NASDAQ:PRSE, acquired by Veritas), Oridion (SWX:ORIDN), Zoran (NASDAQ:ZRAN), M-Systems (NASDAQ:FLSH), DSPG (NASDAQ:DSPG), Butterfly (acquired by TI), DSPC(acquired by Intel), Libit (acquired by TI), Scorpion (acquired by US Robotics), Telegate (acquired by Terayon) and Danen (TWSE:3686).
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