Moriah students selected for Naase: Scholars in Entrepreneurship Scholarship to Israel

May 14, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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Moriah College has announced that five Year 11 students have been selected as the 2018 Naase Scholars in Entrepreneurship recipients.

David Blau, Judd Katz, Jaime Levine, Joshua Todes, Sabrina Zulman and Co-Founder of Kelly+Partners Group, Brett Kelly

David Blau, Judd Katz, Jaime Levine, Joshua Todes and Sabrina Zulman will participate in a week-long trip to Israel, meeting innovators and exploring new opportunities for creative business and social endeavours that will create positive change.

This incredible ‘beyond the classroom’ opportunity underlines Moriah’s commitment to help students become future-ready, ground-breaking young adults that are prepared for a world that’s changing fast.

‘Where the Australian workforce once focused on individuals honing singular job-specific skillsets, today, many industries favour those with a diverse range of knowledge, expertise and enterprise skills’, says College Principal, John Hamey. ‘A diversity of portable skills is critical to succeeding at school and in a globalised workforce that values an enterprising spirit and can-do attitude. The Naase Moriah Scholars in Entrepreneurship program provides students with the opportunity to diversify their skills and interests, developing solutions to real-world problems. It also tests their ability to perform under pressure, develop a compelling argument for their ideas, and use their persuasive power to garner support. This year’s scholars exemplified these skills, showing confidence, curiosity and passion.’

The Scholars will enjoy a unique itinerary that has been created with the assistance of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. They will be on the go non-stop, meeting key innovators from a diverse range of organisations including Aleph VC, Impact Labs, TechforFood, The Nalaga’at Centre, SparkBeyond, TerraLab Ventures, Augmedics, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Unistream, MindCET, Tel Aviv University Pears Program for Global Innovation, aMoon Fund, Innovation: Africa, Dualis Investment Fund, The 8200 Social Program, Intuition Robotics, OurCrowd, PresenTense, ALYNnovation, Mobileye, OrCam and The Milken Innovation Center, as well as participating in a Student Innovation Workshop at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Forty students submitted proposals to be chosen as Scholars this year, and 11 finalists were chosen to pitch their concepts to a selection panel comprising Moriah Foundation President, Judy Lowy; business leader, Jon Shein; Co-Founder of Kelly+Partners Group, Brett Kelly; Principal of Ivany Investments, Peter Ivany ; businesswoman Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, and Moriah College Principal, John Hamey.

Brett Kelly described the selection process as ‘an amazing day and a huge credit to the school and parents.’

‘The program is going from strength to strength and I am particularly pleased to see the vision growing. The Kelly+Partners Scholars Program has been designed and funded to encourage young people to develop themselves and understand the positive social impact of building a business’.

The winning ideas included technology innovations for sanitation solutions in third world countries, using rejected bananas to make banana flour, assisting people with mobility challenges, correcting curvature of the spine, and giving a voice to those who are non-verbal.

Moriah Foundation President, Judy Lowy said: “The Moriah Foundation is proud to collaborate with Kelly+Partners to deliver this exclusive opportunity for Moriah College Year 11 students. The week in Israel exposes the scholars to entrepreneurs from a wide range of internationally recognised start-ups who will inspire our students, develop their ideas and enterprising skills, and encourage them to share their experiences with their peers. This initiative is one of several supported by the Foundation and our donors, that continues to offer Moriah students unique opportunities to extend their learning.”

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