>>Wed Apr 10, 2013
PresenTense’s 129 current local fellows are already into the fourth month of their fellowships, focusing on Finance and Operations as they continue to prototype, develop, re-evaluate, and work towards launching their ventures. As so many of them have said, it’s been an intense but productive process attending workshops and skillbuilding sessions, meeting with mentors and coaches, and networking with other entrepreneurs.
But what are they actually learning and how is it making a difference? Hear it from them, in their own words.
- PresenTenseLA fellow Alisha Pedowitz shared the importance of finding her venture’s “pain point.”
- PT NYC fellow Julie Sugar shares three lessons she learned from Kid President and PresenTense.
- Washington DC ConnectGens fellow Rafi Glazer learned to see obstacles as opportunities.
>>Tue Jan 29, 2013
We're excited to finally announce our 2013 cohort of fellows! 129 Fellows are developing 119 Ventures in 10 cities around the world, with the support of hundreds of local community members.
Want to learn more about the fellows and their ventures? See the infographic below for some interesting stats and data points. And of course, check back here on the blog for inspiring fellow blog posts, educational interviews with mentors and coaches, and updates from our coordinators and SocialStart Trainers in the field.
>>Wed Dec 12, 2012
PresenTense just closed applications for its local fellowships in 10 cities around the world. Applications season is always an exciting time, as coordinators and steering committee volunteers put in many hours recruiting local entrepreneurs or aspiring innovators. After the application deadline closes, in each city, the coordinators and steering committee decide who to advance to the speed-interviewing stage, and afterwards chooses its cohort. (While several of our cities have already chosen their cohorts, we're waiting until all cities have done so before making one announcement.)
We've collected some basic statistics on fellowship applicants and their venture ideas, to better learn what populations the programs are reaching, what ventures focus on, and to glean any lessons for the future on how to change or improve applications and the fellowships for future years. So without further ado, check out the stats below!
>>Sun Nov 18, 2012
Last month, Jesse Fox, a fellow from PresenTense's 2011 Mazeh 9 Tel Aviv Fellowship, flew to Moscow to attend a Open House for PresenTense's Kaet Moscow Fellowship, meeting with fellows, steering committee members, and aspiring social entrepreneurs. What can an American-Israeli from Tel Aviv teach or learn from young Russian Jewish entrepreneurs? Learn more below.
1. What did you first think you'd encounter when you prepared to fly to meet PresenTense's program, Kaet Moscow?
I had absolutely no idea. I had never been to Russia and knew almost nothing about Moscow, aside from what I'd read here and there. In terms of the urban planning, I expected to encounter a very old city, with multiple layers of history and a very impressive subway system (which all turned out to be true). I was particularly struck by the sort of monumental character of so many of the historical artifacts that are still very much present in the city's landscape, both from the Communist period and, mainly, from the pre-Communist period. And I expected it to be very cold, which it was.
>>Sun Oct 28, 2012
>>Thu Oct 25, 2012
Data and information tracking isn't sexy. Most people on our staff have finally managed to stifle a groan every time I bring up Salesforce and data tracking - after all, it's not as exciting as running an IdeaSlam for 100 Masa-niks or coordinating a fellowship for a dozen social entrepreneurs. But data management is crucial to an organization’s ability to maintain and create connections, forecast for the future, and execute programs.
At PresenTense, we’ve used Salesforce to manage our data for more than three years. Thanks to a donation from the Salesforce Foundation, we have 17 Enterprise licenses - worth a few thousand dollars a year - and 10,000 email credits to use with Vertical Response, the partially-integrated email client. Salesforce is built on a powerful infrastructure, and we have been able to customize it to track information about people and organizations in our network, potential sales opportunities, email campaigns, and more.
Yet - Salesforce has several main (glaring, actually) flaws that make it a pain to use. Its design is outdated and cluttered, and it’s difficult to clean up displays. It’s so big and unwieldy that it can be difficult to customize. And, as the name implies, it is entirely focused on Sales and optimizing the sales process - which is great if the only people that need it are your sales team. But we’re not selling t-shirts or computers or other physical products that ship and are done. We sell programs - which involve building relationships, fostering good communication, and providing services on an ongoing basis. Closing the sale is only the very beginning of our work.
>>Wed Oct 24, 2012
Do you have a vision for the Jewish Community and a passion to change the world? A desire to access a network of inspired and passionate community leaders? A need for new business skills, tools and processes, designed for social entrepreneurs?
Apply for a 2013 Community Entrepreneur Fellowship in your community! Applications close soon (check your local fellowship for exact dates), so take the next step to turn your vision into a reality.
Know someone else with a great idea? Tell a Friend and share this opportunity!
>>Mon Sep 10, 2012
Matt first launched Bible Raps during the 2007 Global Summer Institute, and since then, they have worked with over 125,000 children and young adults, using rap and hip hop to teach Jewish texts through performances and participatory workshops. We’re so proud of Matt and are excited to see Bible Raps grow even more.
Joshua Venture Group put out an excellent infographic which looks at statistics about this round’s applicants. At the end, we found a breakdown of programs applicants had already participated in, and were thrilled discover that 20 of the 150 applicants, or 13% of the pool, had participated in a PresenTense fellowship - more than had participated in any other program listed.
It’s quite inspiring see that so many of our fellows seek follow on training and financial support in growing their ventures or to launch new ones, and it speaks to the growing impact of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Jewish community.
>>Wed Sep 5, 2012
Anyone who’s had even a slight interaction with PresenTense has probably filled out one of our numerous Wufoo forms (745 as of the writing of this blog post). Applied to a PT fellowship? Filled in information for a “get involved” form? RSVPed for an event? It’s all run by Wufoo.
For those of you who don’t quite understand this “online form” world - here’s a brief explanation. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of online survey or online form programs out there. Sign up for a freemium account, create your first form that’s hosted on the company’s servers, send it out to all your buddies, and watch the responses roll in. You can create reports, send notifications to relevant parties, download the stats, and more.
PresenTense started using Wufoo to collect applications for our very first Global Summer Institute in 2007. It is simple and easy to use, has a clean and fun design that is customizable, notifications, and plug-ins to forward information to other online services like Twitter, Mailchimp, and more. There’s a reason we continuously highlight it in our curriculum!
However, last year, we realized that it was becoming difficult to manage our unwieldy Wufoo account (even Wufoo was stunned at how many forms we’ve amassed - 750 as of the writing of this article), and we wanted more reporting capabilities as well. Program assessment is an important part of our fellowships but our partner organizations were having a difficult time finding and accessing the necessary forms among our hundreds of form detritus. So we checked out some new services and opted for Formstack.
>>Thu Apr 5, 2012
PresenTense seeks an Associate Program Director to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the New York CEP, and to support the North American Program Director and Director of Training in managing the current CEP programs, developing the CEP curriculum and assisting with program sales.
The Associate Program Director will join the dynamic, growing PresenTense Group team, currently comprised of the North American Program Director, Director of Training, CFO/COO, and incoming CEO. We’re a hard working, laid back (yet professional!) group, and are looking for someone to help us take our organization to the next level of social impact.
Click here to read more and apply.