About the ventures

Colosseum Ventures focuses on sports-related verticals, such as: fan engagement, media, broadcasting, fitness, health, nutrition, smart stadiums, smart sport city, and athlete development.

It is led by an experienced team with extensive industry triangle know-how (sport business, deep technology, and investments). Colosseum Ventures seeks to promote various technologies, including AI, cyber, material science, electro optics, mainly in early-stage startups.

We have forged a strong international affiliations directly connected to the fund in order to better support and engage with our startups.


Oren Simanian

General Partner
Founded StarTAU, Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center (2009 – 2015)
Co-Founded TAU Ventures, Tel Aviv University Venture Capital
Crowdfunding Expert – Indiegogo International (2013 – 2017)
Professional Israeli premier league soccer referee & FIFA futsal (1997-2017)
B.A Accounting & Economics – Tel Aviv University

Issy Livian

General Partner
• Co-Founder & SVP of business development – HearMeOut (2013-2018)
• Former portfolio manager – Seiler investment home
• Founder and CEO – Livian Enterprise
• B.Sc. in computer science and mathematics – Bar Ilan university

Simon Litsyn

Partner – Member of Investment Committee
Professor of Electrical Engineering – Tel Aviv University (1991 – Present)
Co-Founder & CTO – StoreDot
Chief Scientist at M-Systems, acquired by SanDisk (1999 – 2012)
Chief Scientist & Chairman – ARShow
Ph.D. at LETI, St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Russia

Zeev Holtzman

Venture Partner – Member of Investment Committee
Founder & Chairman – Giza Venture Capital
(1992 – Present)
Founder & Chairman – IVC Research Center
(1997 – Present)
40+ years investment & corporate finance experience
Represented CSFB & Alex Brown in Israel
MBA from Columbia University, BA from Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Yoav Bruck

Member of Advisory Board
Co-Founder & President – ISSTA Sport and
Kenes Tours
Head of Sports – Maccabiah Games 2013
Former Israeli Olympic Swimmer, 3 Olympic Games
• Athlete of the year (1995)
Angel Investor

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