>>Tue May 24, 2011
This past Thursday (May 19, 2011) was the first of five PresenTense Launch Nights. Philadelphia and Tribe 12 led the way as 11 amazing fellows pitched their ventures in one whirlwind evening.
Those Fellows were: Danielle Selber (The Shabbat Project), Dmitriy Moverguz (DAVAI!), Evan Levitt (Common Ground), Jared Jackson (Jews in ALL Hues), Jonathan Dickens (Welcome to Your Home), Kyle Spinrad (ReJewvenation), Laurel Klein (Cafe Olam), Michal Waldfogel (Deep Breath Baking), Randy Schulz (The American Israel Business Lab), Sara Landman (Uniting Through Literacy), Todd Baylson (Green Religious Campuses). You can read up all about them in the latest issue of PresenTense Magazine.
If you weren’t able to make it to PresenTense Philadelphia Launch Night, we have a bunch of videos below to catch you up.
PresenTense Co-Founder, Ariel Beery welcomes Philly to Launch Night
Rachel Meyer, Executive SC, speaks at Launch Night
Philly Fellow pitches at Launch Night!
>>Wed May 18, 2011
The next 15 days will be jam-packed with PresenTense Launch Nights; spanning two countries, five cities, 62 social ventures and 64 Fellows.
We decided to call this period the 15 Days of Innovation because there’s no better way to describe what our Fellows have accomplished. And we couldn’t be prouder. We’re unaware of any other organization that has launched so many social ventures in such a short time. It takes a lot of teamwork to lead up to this point, and we’d like to thank our over 400 active volunteers and staff from around the world for getting us to this point.
Five months ago, the Fellows started their journey with PresenTense through our Community Entrepreneur Partnership (CEP). That partnership, between their local communities and PresenTense, helps the Fellows and their ventures take root in a supportive environment where they can flourish. Throughout the program PresenTense Mentors and Coaches guide the Fellows, helping them overcome the everyday challenges involved in a new start-up, and the difficulties unique to social ventures.
We asked the Fellows about their experiences and many of them had great things to say about our program, as well as suggestions for how we can improve it in the future. (You can read more about the Fellows’ ventures and their experiences in the latest issue of PresenTense Magazine.) One of our Fellows, Brian Fox, praised his Coach, Stacy Goodman, a management consultant who has been volunteering her time with the Boston Fellowship.
>>Wed Jul 21, 2010
2010 Global Launch Night is coming up tomorrow night at 19:00 IDT/12:00pm EDT! After months of preparation, and 6 weeks of workshops, meetings with mentors and VIPs, deliverable, project plans, and worksheets, the 16 fellows are excited to share their ventures with the PT community.
Join us online!
- Watch Launch Night live at 19:00 IDT/12:00pm EDT on Thursday July 22nd.
- Submit a Social Capital Note and help connect our fellows with new ideas, contacts, and investors.
- See how our fellows are preparing for launch night (crunch time starts July 19!)
- Watch videos from PT community members from around the world - and submit your own!
PresenTense's Community Entrepreneur Partnership is coming to several cities this year, including Boston, Cleveland, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Email us to find out how you can join a steering committee, sign up to mentor or coach a fellow, or apply for a fellowship.
Wish your community had a CEP? Contact us to find out how you can bring Jewish entrepreneurship and innovation to your community.
>>Sun Jul 4, 2010
Missed the Boston Fellowship launch night back in May? Want to hear community reactions about the fellowship? Check out this video and watch the fellows' pitches, reactions from steering committee members, and thoughts from coaches and skillbuilders.
>>Thu May 13, 2010
Congratulations to the Jerusalem Winter Fellows on an amazing Launch Night! They rocked the house with their innovative ventures, and everyone was impressed by their short and pithy pitches, creative tables, and nonstop enthusiasm. Of course, now launch night is only the beginning, as they now work to continue to grow their ventures. We wish them much success!
We apologize again for the Livestream problems last night (technology is great... except for when it malfunctions) and wish you were all there live to see the pitches!
But - we've got lots of media you can check out. View the slideshow, and watch video of our fellows' pitches!
Video of pitches (only 7.5 minutes long!):
>>Wed May 12, 2010
>>Wed May 12, 2010
I got in a bike accident when I was 9. It was the first day after school of 4th grade and I was racing my friend Emily down the driveway. I turned to wave to my neighbor and before I knew it, I was on the pavement with my and Emily's bike on top of me, and I was being rushed to the hospital for an arm cast and 50 stitches in my leg.
Needless to say I was shaken, and unfortunately it took me 15 years to get back on the bike with the confidence that I had prior to the accident. But I have to admit that buying a bike two years ago was one of the best decisions I ever made, and riding has been an eye opening experience since (and I'm not talking about the need to pay attention on crowded Jerusalem streets to avoid Israeli Drivers and Pedestrians).
>>Sun Apr 25, 2010
The PT Jerusalem Winter Fellowship Launch Night is only a few short weeks away! We're excited to present the projects of our first cohort of Israel-based fellows, and hope you'll join us.
Launch night will be held at the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus, at Beit Belgia, on May 12. Check out our photos of the lovely site - and make sure you don't miss out!