Until recently, it was mostly founders rejected by mainstream Israeli and American VCs who were pitching to Chinese investors, hoping that they would identify a potential overlooked by their Western peers. Now a different breed of startup founders, fund and accelerator managers think that the time is right to devote some serious resources to China.

The Infinity Group is a Chinese-Israeli private equity and investment banking firm that has been active for over 20 years but is now winding down many of its Chinese funds. Infinity, whose funds focused almost entirely on China domestic deals, is now pivoting to international entrepreneurs with an eye to China, showcasing the newly minted Innonation Powerhouse twin co-working spaces in Beijing and in Tel Aviv. Competing head-on with co-working giants such as WeWork and NakedHub, Innonation positions itself as a platform that fosters cross-border activity between Israel and China.

The company hopes to build on the traction gained from a series of China-Israel investment summits it has been organizing by that name since 2016. Amir Galor, founder and managing partner of Infinity Group says he hopes Innonation will emerge a niche player that offers members high-value services.

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Rami Blachman

Rami Blachman is a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in Shanghai and Tel Aviv. He is a frequent speaker and writer on China cross-border tech investing and how it relates to Israeli startups.