Pilot Program with the Israel Securities Authority - 2nd Call for Proposals

Open Date

Deadline for Submission

Time Zone

Israel

Participating Agencies

IIA logo

Israel Innovation Authority

Summary

This is a call by the Israel Securities Authority (hereinafter: "ISA") and Innovation Authority, to submit applications for a pilot program  for Israeli technology companies. Assistance will include access to public MAGNA (Electronic Public Disclosure System) reports' database of the ISA and to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange trading database (hereinafter: "the Exchange"). The program will also include professional guidance from the ISA's staff, as well as financial support. Submission through Benefit Track # 2 (sub track 11).
The pilot is designed to help the company grow and enable significant progress in product readiness for commercialization and market penetration. We invite Fintech companies that are interested in joining the program, and supervised entities under the ISA who would like to be approached as potential pilot sites, to contact us and register to this program.

Relevant Technologies

FinTech

Program Description

Goals

  • Support the growth of Israeli technology companies.
  • Streamlining ISA's and its supervised entities activity.
  • Positioning the State of Israel and local markets as innovative in examining and implementing cutting edge technologies and strengthening the relationship between the ISA and the high-tech sector.

Our offer

During the Pilot Run in the ISA   or its supervised entities, the companies will benefit from:

  1. Ability to test their products. 
  2. Data Access – 
    • Historical database of public MAGNA reports with Meta data. Reports in HTML, XML, PDF (if available), XBRL (for the financial statements);
    • Stock exchange's historical trading data in an API interface or otherwise - subject to coordination with the stock exchange;
    • Supervised entities data - subject to the consent of the regulated entity and the submission of an LOI to carry out the pilot with it.  
  3. Ability to run algorithms and adapt technologies and products.
  4. Assistance and guidance of the ISA's staff to fit the product for similar clients.
  5. Demo the product to target audiences in a real-world environment.
  6. Financial support for product and technology customization and demonstration of their implementation (Pilot Demonstration).
  7. Exposing the product to the world's leading securities authorities - including through GFIN's activities. 

Criteria

  1. Improve the efficiency of supervision and regulation by the Israel Securities Authority.
  2. Protect the infrastructure and information systems of supervised entities.
  3. Improve the efficiency of the capital markets and financial services in Israel. 
  4. Data and services accessibility to the public. 

Challenges on ISA's focus

General 

  1. Increase accessibility of capital market to diverse populations with optimal matching of the investment to the costumer.
  2. Examine the advantages related to the DLT technology regarding the development of trading platforms/stock exchange infrastructure. 

Examples of Challenges

  1. Expanding the TASE and capital market activities. 
  2. Implementing and encouraging ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)  investments in order to make it an important tool for investment decisions (for example: rating companies based on their ESG risk management).  
  3. Promoting the local high-tech sector and enhance its access to the Israeli public capital market. 
  4. Improving the TASE's liquidity. 
  5. Reducing technological barriers in developing innovated investment products.
  6. Tools designed to make financial regulation accessible to supervised entities and increasing certainty.
  7. Overcoming the language barrier when investing or issuing on the TASE. 
  8. Streamlining and simplifying the ISA's work, with emphasis on management and flow of information, and implementation of automation processes. 
  9. Improving compliance capabilities and reducing the compliance costs for supervised entities:
    • Tools integrating automation into the reporting processes of the supervised entities. 
    • Avoiding reporting errors. 
  10. Evaluating the efficiency and influence of regulations and enforcement over time: 
    • Tools for assessing the effectiveness of financial regulation over time.
    • Measuring the effect of regulation on the scope and nature of activity in the financial markets.
  11. Data accessibility: 
    • Ensuring access to complex and wide-ranging information found in a variety of internal and external information systems and sources in order to better extract and analyze information, generate alerts and insights.
    • Making information, relevant to the public, available when it is needed, intuitively and efficiently:
      • Combining wide ranging and unstructured databases into a unified database that underwent basic processing / analysis and producing initial insights. 
      • Supervision tools based on advanced technologies. 
      • Retrieving financial data from company reports without pre-tagging.
      • Transmitting relevant and objective information to the public for decision-making.  
      • Improving the accessibility of financial reports to retail investors in a way that enables them to understand the meaning and impact of the reports. 
  12. Improving the customer Identification and Verification process (KYC) through digital means.
  13. Improving the KYC process through online means with the purpose of identifying the appropriate risk level:
    • Understanding and analyzing investors' needs.
    • Determining the appropriate risk level. 
    • Tailor made costumer products – "personal distribution".
  14. Defining investors' risk levels in a meaningful and measurable way. The idea is to enable the management of a portfolio within the defined risk level. 
  15. Increasing public involvement in capital markets activities: 
    • Dealing with the decline of retail investors due to sophisticated robotic trading. 
    • Combining wider audiences in capital markets activities and new investment channels. 
  16. Increasing competition in the capital market:
    • Promoting competition among various market participants in the capital market.
    • Eliminating entry barriers to investors, intermediaries, and service providers.
    • Increasing comparability between intermediaries and service providers. 
    • Diversifying ways of distribution of products and services such as mutual funds, portfolio management etc. 
  17. Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the monitoring, detection and enforcement processes:
    • Early detection of law breaches. 
    • Prioritizing audit topics based on all available information.
    • A dynamic and risk adapted supervision model. 
    • Early detection of new products, tools and technologies, and the risks associated with them. 
    • Detecting companies on the verge of bankruptcy. 
    • Detecting irregular and unknown trading patterns. 

Application Process

Before the deadline for submitting applications, a webinar will be held with representative from the Innovation Authority, and there will be time for questions and answers.
The demonstration sites will be established and operated at the offices of the ISA, at the supervised entity's offices or at the Fintech company's offices.

Please note: You may apply regarding issues not specified above, as long as they are consistent with and advance the Israel Securities Authority's strategy and duties. Regarding pilots conducted at a supervised entity, no matter the subject, a LOI must be acquired.


Here are links to a number of projects and major sources of information regarding the activity of the Securities and Exchange Authority:

Projects 

Rated transition for reporting in IXBRL standard (Hebrew version)
An appeal for retail broker activity in Israel
Proposed legislation to amend the Investment and General Counsel Law (Hebrew version)
Portfolio management 2.0 
Pre-screening phase of the Data Science project (completed) (Hebrew version)
RFI on Developing of Digital Capital Markets in Israel
Diversify the financing sources of the High-Tech companies and make them accessible for local markets (Hebrew version)
Alternative Mutual Funds: Hedge Funds in Trust and Fund of Hedge Funds - Specification of Core Features

Information sources 

Israel's Securities Authority website   
ISA strategic plan 
ISA 's 2019 annual report -
ISAs 2019 financial report (Hebrew version)
Report of the Brokerage Competition Committee (Hebrew version)
Report of the Commission for the Establishment of a Secondary Stock Exchange 
Report of the Commission for the Examination and Regulation of Cryptographic Currency Issues 
Financial reports of the Exchange 2019 
Annual Stock Exchange Review
 

For additional information, please contact:

Organization

Israel Innovation Authority

Name

Yael Weiss Efron

Position

Director of Innovation

Organization

Israel Securities Authority, Fintech
Telephone

Name

Sim Robin

Position

Deputy Director of Information Systems

Organization

Israel Securities Authority
Telephone

Name

Oded Nethanel

Organization

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Telephone

Name

Ishay Green

Organization

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Telephone

Name

Israel Securities Authority - Fintech

Name

Itay Peled

Position

FinTech Team

Organization

ISA

Attachments

2nd Call for Proposals
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