By Lisa Lepson In the late 1990s, many of us saw a Jewish community with great potential for change. But it lagged far behind in nourishing new ideas. Specific segments of the Jewish community received very little attention or were being ignored almost entirely: LGBT Jews, Jews of color, young Jewish leaders - to name only a few. In response to these problems, Joshua Venture Group (JVG) launched its signature Dual Investment Program back in … [Read more...] about An Investment in Social Entrepreneurs Yields Real Value, Unexpected and Welcome Returns
An innovative partnership between Hillel International and PresenTense will enable students at campuses throughout the U.S. to have the opportunity to participate in the “Hillel International Social Startup Fellowship.” This new six-month, intensive, virtual fellowship will give students access to training, support, mentors and access to a network of hundreds of social entrepreneurs. Hillel International intends to identify and work with at … [Read more...] about Hillel, PresenTense Partner to Create Innovative Social Startup Fellowship Program in U.S.
The PresenTense Group, which employs entrepreneurship as a tool to enrich communal life, grow local economies and solve critical issues facing society, has completed its latest cycle of programming, supporting more individuals than ever before in creating social impact. In 2014 PresenTense equipped 180 social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in building 164 ventures that address pressing community issues through its 15 accelerators across North … [Read more...] about PresenTense Group Accelerates Social Innovation Efforts
Our Jewish community wants to do big things. But we sometimes keep our people small either through interpersonal failings or system failings such as bureaucracy, defining jobs too narrowly, or revering hierarchy. by Jennie Rivlin Roberts After 20 years as a business consultant and entrepreneur, I’m currently leading a Jewish start-up accelerator for the Atlanta Jewish community called ProtéJ. ProtéJ is an initiative of Jewish Federation of … [Read more...] about Lessons for the Jewish Innovation Enterprise from Ashoka: a Leader in Social Entrepreneurship
An earlier version of this article was published in Jumpstart's Huffington Post column. I have been grappling for some time with the question of where Jewish entrepreneurs fit into the landscape of innovation. How do you define them? Upon first glance, they seem to be social entrepreneurs, those who attempt to solve a major social problem, like poverty, illness, or education, for their work is to preserve and re-vitalize a people, their … [Read more...] about The Ruminators