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The Excel Ventures Program - Israeli Applicants

Fellowships to Israel Young Adults for a
Summer Entrepreneurship Training Program

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Fellowships to Israel aspiring entrepreneurs (ages 26 to 28) for a ten-week entrepreneurship training program. This program provides eligible individuals with a chance to participate in a summer program in Israel, where they will gain the tools, network, and experiences necessary to become successful leaders and team members in the start-up world.

The Excel Ventures program track, in line with the Excel vision, seeks to empower the next generation of Jewish business leaders who have an eye on entrepreneurship as their career track. The Excel-Ventures Program provides 20 Jewish Americans and Israelis who have shown exceptional entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills with an intensive summer experience in Tel Aviv (Israel) and is designed to effectively empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Foundation's goal is to foster a network of outstanding entrepreneurs and create meaningful and fruitful connections between them and the State of Israel - a world leader in innovation and a model of the true entrepreneurial spirit.

The Excel Ventures Program is an innovative ten-week intensive entrepreneurship training program meant for aspiring entrepreneurs from leading academic institutions in the US or recent graduates thereof, as well as promising young Israelis from elite institutions. During the program, participants will undergo an accelerated process of venture creation, starting from team formation, ideation, and validation, to creating an early stage proof of concept.

At the end of the summer, participants of the Excel Ventures Program will be uniquely positioned to lead entrepreneurial careers in an increasingly globalized high-tech ecosystem. Participants will be provided with extensive practical training, focused on creating a real venture within the framework of the program. In addition, the program will offer opportunities to expand one's network in the business and technology realms, as well as to forge potential commercial partnerships.

Program participants will be mentored and advised by first-ranking players in the field, such as CEOs of leading corporations, accomplished entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and more. Provided with technology, strategy, product design, accounting and legal resources, participants will be granted a unique entrepreneurial education experienced through the intensive execution of a program venture with the potential of real world outcome.

Value Proposition:
-A 10-week noise-free environment to focus exclusively on your start-up.
-Collaborate with talented American and Israeli co-founders.
-Gain real experience launching a start-up.
-Receive ongoing mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and industry.
-Join the Excel community of over 570 motivated Americans and Israelis and receive support in future ventures.
-Benefit from a services package from Excel Ventures partners (legal advice, financial services, strategic consulting, hosting and cloud services, and more).

Criteria for Acceptance:

-Looking to gain the knowledge and acquire the right set of tools required to become a successful entrepreneur
-Looking for immersion in the Israeli start-up ecosystem and growth of your professional network
-Highly motivated individual seeking to a start-up founder now or in the future
-Interested in an intensive-10 week- entrepreneurial summer boot camp and an opportunity to develop a venture with a team comprised of highly talented American and Israeli co-founders
-Great communicator and team player

Birthright Israel Excel provides participants with a Ravkav to cover commuting expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178474

Number of Grants:

Ten Israeli participants will be selected for the Excel Ventures track.

Term of Contract:

The program will be from June 4 to August 9, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Birthright Israel Excel Ventures track is open to all Israelis interested in entrepreneurship ages 26-28.

If you are a last year student with the ability to fully commit full time to to the summer schedule without the interruption of exams, you are eligible to apply. If you have one or two exams that you must complete and are interested in the program, please contact the Foundation to discuss.

Birthright Israel Excel does not provide housing for the Israeli Ventures participants.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: January 21, 2018

Select candidates will be offered a combination of first round and second round interviews as well a group dynamics session. Those candidates selected for an interview will be notified via email.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program by the end of February 2018. Candidates who are chosen to participate in the Birthright Israel Excel program will be notified by email and will be asked to sign a letter of commitment one week following the offer date.

All Fellows will be required to provide a $250 deposit which will be refunded upon completion of the program and other post-program obligations. Birthright Israel Excel may offer you the opportunity to voluntarily donate all or part of your deposit to support future programming, however, this decision is made solely at your discretion.

The Birthright Israel Excel Fellows travel as a group to designated sites within Israel. Two out of the three weekend trips will be MANDATORY for Israeli participants. Participants are asked not to leave Israel for the duration of the program.


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