Avi Deutsch

Avi Deutsch is a Principal at Vodia Capital where he works with individuals and institutions to align their investment decisions with their values. He is also a Managing Partner at Vodia Ventures, a family of venture funds investing in early-stage companies in the areas of food security, clean water, and aging. Prior to joining Vodia, Avi was the CEO of LAVAN, a growing community of impact investors guided by Jewish learning in pursuit of social and environmental change. Avi co-founded LAVAN in 2015 and continues to serve as a board member. Avi’s previous experiences include business development manager at Boundless Impact Investing, a counselor at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda working with at-risk orphaned youth, and analyst on the monetary team of the Bank of Israel. He is a former platoon commander and operations officer of the Israel Defense Forces’ Armored Corps where he commanded soldiers in training and combat. Avi graduated magna cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with Palmer Scholar honors.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

Our current venture fund is focused on tackling system level challenges in three main areas: food security -- feeding the world's growing population; clean water-- providing affordable access to all; and, technologies for the aging-- increasing accessibility to technologies that enable people to age in place safely and with dignity.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

Food, water, and aging with dignity are unchallenged basic human rights. And yet, Over 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life; 663 million people live without easy access to clean water; and, within a decade, more than half of middle class seniors in the US will be unable to afford eldercare. This is the scale of the challenges we are tackling, and we believe in the power of technology to address key leverage points that can have system-wide change.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

We have an existing network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors we can connect folks with. We are also happy to provide feedback and guidance to early stage companies in the first stages of raising capital.