Opportunity knocks in Jerusalem

January 6, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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The PresenTense 6th Global Summer Institute in Jerusalem is looking for the best and the brightest Jewish social entrepreneurs who are passionate about one thing, changing the world….and Australia is in its sights.

The PresenTense Summer Institute brings together 16 of the most ambitious and talented entrepreneurs from across the globe and provides them with what they need to launch their ventures. Over the six-week intensive fellowship in Jerusalem the PresenTense fellows are given access to leading Jewish and entrepreneurial professionals, paired up with high-level mentors and coaches, and provided with a comprehensive tool kit.
Manny Waks, Executive Director of the Capital Jewish Forum (CJF) and a past Institute Fellow has been appointed as a member of the PresenTense 2012 Global Institute Committee.

Brachie Sprung, Manny Waks, Aharon Horwitz (Co-Director – PresenTense Group) & Ariel Beery (Co-Director – PresenTense Group)

Waks commented: “I’m delighted to be able to continue my contribution to PresenTense. It is undoubtedly at the cutting edge in terms of innovation within the global Jewish community. As a past Fellow, I have experienced first-hand the impressive impact this unique organisation has within the Jewish world. I have also reaped the benefits it offers; from obtaining new skills to enhancing personal and professional networks. I would encourage every social entrepreneur within the Jewish community who is at the relatively early stage of developing their initiative, even if it’s currently just an idea, to apply for this fellowship. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Brachie Sprung, the Institute’s Israel-based global coordinator added: “As PresenTense’s flagship program, the Global Summer Institute has five years of experience helping Jewish social entrepreneurs launch startups to change the Jewish people. Over the past five years, our Global Fellows have impacted nearly 250,000 people through their ventures, 72% of which are still running. Last year we hosted fellows from six countries, and we hope that this year we’ll include fellows from Australia.”
Applicant should use the form available here. People are also encouraged to nominate prospective fellows using the form available here and they will be invited to apply.

The Institute will cover the fellowship costs for successful applicants, although travel expenses to/from the fellowship, accommodation and food are not covered. However, successful applicants may apply for a stipend of up to $US1000. Also, in certain circumstances the CJF may be in a position to contribute to the costs of a successful Australian applicant.

The course will take place in Jerusalem throughout June and July this year with ample opportunity for field trips throughout Israel. Applications close at the end of this month.

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