Philly’s New Tribe

from the Jewish Exponent:

Here’s a ‘Tribe’ That Beats the Bushes, in Search of the Next Big Thing

Tribe 12, a newly formed collective for independent Jewish projects, this month announced a Social Entrepreneur Fellowship for Philadelphia-area innovators with an idea that would benefit the local Jewish community.

Not only is it an opportunity for young people to get “very solid business training and connections they would not get otherwise, it’s a way for the business community to look inward and create solutions,” said Ross Berkowitz, executive director of Tribe 12.

The fellowship will be based on a model developed by PresenTense, which began running a six-week, summer business-training program in Jerusalem four years ago. Since then, 77 fellows have launched ventures in the fields of education, social action, environment, philanthropy and the arts.

Last year, PresenTense experimented with a “community entrepreneur partnership” in Boston. That expanded this year with pilot programs here, as well as in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Cleveland and New York City.