Fusion LA, Israel
Your journey as an investor and company:
Guy Katsovich is the Co-Founder / Managing Partner of Fusion LA, the first accelerator for Israeli start-ups in Los Angeles. In less than 3 years, Fusion LA backed 55 early-stage companies, and was voted Israel's best accelerator program for 2020 (Geektime). 80% of Fusion LA's portfolio alumni have raised funding of $3-20M post program & 25% relocated founding team to the US.
Guy is an active Board Member at 8200 EISP (8200 for Startups), a top-ranking Israeli startup accelerator, after leading the program as a Managing Director for 3 years. The accelerator has supported 140+ startups with 7 exits, 80+ active companies. 8200 EISP portfolio companies have raised +$670M and employ more than 600 people in Israel and overseas. Guy maintains a board position at 8200 EISP and at the 8200 Alumni Association.
Guy is a founding board member of numerous technology and social-impact ventures, including:
•2011-today: Wize (Co-Founder/Chairman) - A nonprofit organization with the vision of creating a new nightlife culture that combines knowledge & fun and promotes science, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology for the public in Israel - Free of charge. To date, Wize has held 1,500+ lectures in 17 cities across Israel, with 500,000+ attendees combined.
•2013-today: 8200 Impact (Co-Founder/Board Member) - Israel's first accelerator for social-tech ventures. As of now, the program has incubated 50 social startups, raising a combined total of $40M+.
•2015-today: Hybrid (Co-Founder/Board Member) - The most in-depth program for early-stage ventures led by Israeli-Arab, Druze, and Bedouin entrepreneurs, with the focus to connect them with the industry leaders of the "Startup-Nation".
•2017-today: P.I.E Challenge (Co-Founder/Board Member) - A first of-its-kind national challenge in Israel to promote personalized learning solutions in high school math classrooms. The winning team received a Prize of One Million NIS and implemented their solution in dozens of high schools throughout Israel's social periphery! (think XPRIZE for personalized learning).
Guy is the Creator & Co-Host of the Israel's Leading Tech Podcast (Od Podcast/Yet Another Podcast for Startups). In 2016 Guy was shortlisted for Forbes Israel’s "30 Under 30" for his leadership and innovation in the Israeli tech ecosystem.
He served as a cyber-intelligence officer at Unit 8200.