Temasek-Backed Red Dot Close to Raising $200 Million VC Fund

Red Dot Capital Partners has raised about $200 million to invest in Israeli technology startups looking to expand into southeast Asia and Japan.

Temasek Holdings Pte is the fund’s largest backer, joined by investors from Japan and the U.S., Yaniv Stern, a managing partner at Red Dot, said in an interview. The Israeli venture capital firm has raised about 95% of the money and has already invested in three companies, he said.

Temasek-Backed Red Dot Close to Raising $200 Million VC Fund

Unlike most Israeli technology firms that shoot for U.S. and European markets, Red Dot seeks to steer its portfolio companies toward countries like Singapore and Vietnam, where growth has been faster and governments have been better at controlling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Asian countries are months ahead in terms of dealing with Covid,” Stern said. “We expect their economic recovery trajectories to be quite different than countries that have demonstrated less discipline.”

Red Dot, which usually invests between $10 million and $15 million in financing rounds for Israeli startups, had previously raised a $150 million fund and took stakes in companies in industries such as cashier-less shopping, online commerce and cybersecurity.

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