How are we trying to contribute?

Focusing on underserved markets is key to our investment criteria, locally and globally. Our first priority is to invest in companies who address improved access, quality, affordability and efficiency of education, wellbeing or sustainable living for underserved individuals. We are attracted to companies with operational models to support less affluent areas or stagnant economies, offering strong social benefits in creating fair, inclusive & upskilled job opportunities.

Bridges Israel has a two-pronged strategy with uncompromised focus on returns. The fund is invested in Growth Businesses benefiting underserved populations, and impactful Tech for Good opportunities.

Health and Wellness

Some of the challenges we face in Israel:

  • Loneliness and stress in urban cities
  • Elderly population will double by 2030 with a higher correlation to poverty
  • Shortage of care and nursing solutions in the socio-economic periphery
  • Rise of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases

Education and Skills

Some of the challenges we face in Israel:

  • Ultra-Orthodox women earn less than average wage due to lack of opportunities
  • Very low participation of Ultra-Orthodox men in the workforce due to lack of basic modern education
  • Low participation of educated Israeli Arab Women in the workforce
  • Achievement gaps in underserved communities
  • Limited availability of vocational programs

Sustainable Living

Some of the challenges we face in Israel and globally:

  • Growing environmental footprint
  • Food insecurity a major global challenge driven by water shortage and unsustainable agriculture technologies

Underserved Markets

Some of the challenges we face in Israel:

  • Cost of living is increasing much faster than earnings
  • Poverty rate is Israel is the highest among OECD countries
  • Wealth disparity Gini coefficient is among one of the highest in the world
  • Israel’s economic activity is centralized, leaving the periphery lagging behind
  • Some segments of society are chronically underemployed