UK-Israel Young Entrepreneurs
The UK Young Entrepreneurs program by Bizrael is a new initiative to connect the UK’s most promising and talented young entrepreneurs to Israel. This is accomplished through a business focused trip inside the “Startup Nation of Israel” where the group will meet and interact with some of Israel’s leading startups, multinational companies, business leaders, and Israeli peers. The trip is just the start of the program, with the goal to build a network and platform to engage young entrepreneurs with Israel year round. In addition to the trip, the program will include follow on activities in the UK such as networking events with Jewish and Israeli businessmen, webinars and video sessions, mentoring opportunities, and more.
What is the mission and purpose of this program?
The mission of this program is to be a platform for the UK’s leading young entrepreneurs to connect with Israel and engage with Israel and Jewish entrepreneurs. These people are the future business leaders of the UK (as well as Europe and globally) and will have significant impact on many others in their careers and lives.
By giving these future business leaders a firsthand experience in Israel beyond the headlines and through the lens of business, we provide a new avenue to connect to Israel directly relating to their careers and professional interest. At the same time, anti-Israel (and often anti-Semitism) in the UK is sadly very strong. Connecting people through business is one of the most powerful and effective ways to create Israel advocates who not only support Israel, but actively engage with Israel and Israeli peers.
The UK Young Entrepreneurs program will consist of an 8-10 day trip to Israel, as well as follow up activities.
The UK has a strong entrepreneurship community, yet Israel is ranked the #1 startup community (outside of Silicon Valley) and is on the cutting edge of innovation in every business sector.Entrepreneurs and young business people in England have much that can be learned from Israel and gained by connecting with the Israeli economy. They are eager for international business experience and to connect with fellow entrepreneurs around the world. Moreover, they are the future business leaders that will have a large impact on their companies, British society, and the larger connected world.
Israel and the Jewish people needs new innovative programs to support the next generation of leaders committed to the Jewish people and Jewish state, and this is where Bizrael comes in. Bizrael turns the focus of Israel towards innovation and technology, shining a much needed positive light on Israel.
In two years, Bizrael has successfully created over a dozen trips including 5 full service 2 week trips, 3 Birthright trips, and 7 custom programs for over 250 people. We have partnered with leading Israeli organizations including Birthright, Masa, Jewish Agency, Hillel, universities, leadership trips, and more. We have worked with mainly Jewish groups, however have also worked with non-Jewish groups including Japanese and South African young entrepreneurs.
Through our experience and background of our team, we are experts at all aspects of trip planning and specifically business trips. We have partnered with an experienced boutique Israel tour company that can take care of all travel and logistics including flights, hotel, bus, food, tour guides and fun activities, and more. On the business side, we know the ins and outs of the Israeli ecosystem and have a vast network. Moreover, we have created many programs before and know how to execute successfully and for high level groups.
How do you measure the success of your program?
We measure success by the long term impact of our participants. For the UK Young Entrepreneurs trip, success will be based on the impact of the participants and the level of engagement upon their return. We will engage the group after the trip for feedback and monitor their professional growth. We will look for specific goals such as: involvement with Israel advocacy groups in the UK, pro-Israel blogs or articles, creation of pro-Israel clubs or groups on universities or communities, and more. Moreover, we will offer support and connections for them to create new clubs, get involved with the right people, maintain connections with Israel, etc.
To understand the success of Bizrael for non Jewish students and the potential, a perfect example is Tiffany Taylor who came on a Bizrael student trip and wrote about her experiences online here -http://www.blackyouthproject.com/2013/05/my-time-in-israel/