Guy Yavin, investment director, Doral Energy-Tech Ventures, is one of our rising stars in corporate venturing in 2023.

Guy Yavin, Rising Stars, 2023

With an LLB and an MBA in finance and strategy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Guy Yavin tells GCV he was fascinated by investments and innovation as well as the impact new technologies could bring to the energy industry. 

Yavin plans to focus on fusion, renewable molecules, carbon capture and hydrogen storage and transportation technologies this year. 

Doral hired Yavin in July 2020 as a business development manager. Roee Furman, Managing Director of Doral Energy-Tech Ventures, took Yavin into Doral Energy-Tech Ventures as Investment Director and as its first employee in November of that year, where he was involved in the formation of the corporate venturing fund. 

Yavin is tasked with leading deals with startups and co-investors from Israel, Europe and the US. Doral Energy-Tech Ventures has already made 15 investments in the past two years, and Yavin hopes to help the unit increase its presence in Europe and venture into Asia. 

“It is important for corporate VCs to help entrepreneurs on a personal level as strategic partners and trusted advisers.”

Yavin’s recent investments include Capow Technologies, an Israel-based perpetual wireless power solution provider, and the US-based grid-scale, multi-hours energy storage technology company, Quino Energy. 

As part of his role, Yavin sits on four boards and liaises and leads integration between the portfolio and Doral’s business units, having helped Doral win governmental DOE pilot projects. He is also leading the CVC unit’s ecosystem activities including its accelerator programme for early-stage startups and the bootcamp for growth-stage companies. 

“It is important for corporate VCs to help entrepreneurs on a personal level as strategic partners and trusted advisers,” adds Yavin. 

Doral Energy-Tech Ventures has four core team members but they are supported by internal and external industry experts including university professors who help evaluate technology based on complex science. 

See the full list of Rising Stars 2023 here.

Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.