Between May 26-June 1, Start-Up Nation Mentorship led three successful events in Israel to wrap up the 2022-2023 academic year.
From May 26 to May 31, Start-Up Nation Mentorship (SUNM) led a professionally-oriented social impact trip – Young Professionals Fellowship (YPF) – to Israel for 17 non-Jewish young professionals aged 22-28 who work in finance and high-tech fields. The Fellowship’s mission is to help ensure that the next generation of leaders have the requisite knowledge and relationships to make informed decisions surrounding Israel and the Middle East. The Inaugural Young Leaders Fellowship cohort was immersed in cultural, geopolitical, business, technological, and impact education to better understand the fabric of Israel and to build a diverse community of promising, action-oriented future change-makers. The group toured various parts of Israel, and met with leading investors, hightech founders, and government officials of the “Start-Up Nation.”
Between May 30 and June 1, SUNM’s global board and executive traveled to Israel to meet with senior-level executives and company leaders at headquarters in Tel Aviv, including Herzog Fox & Neeman Partner Adina Shapiro, Meitar Law Partner Dan Shamgar, Gornitzky Partner Chaim Friesland, Sweetwood VC Principal Michael Safdie, Umbrella Advisors Founder & Managing Director Boaz Toshav, Kirobo COO Michael Pearl, S. Horowitz & Co. Partners Yair Ziv, Avner Itzhaki, Aviv Halperin, and Associate Adam Levitan, Fintech Management and Financial Consulting expert Joseph Kobiashvili, among others.
On Sunday, May 28th, SUNM hosted mentors, partners, and friends at their Annual Cocktail Evening in Tel Aviv. Companies like OurCrowd, SoftBank, itrek, ibex, Citi, Hanaco Ventures, Herzog Fox & Neeman, and many more represented at the event. Additionally, 17 elite, non-Jewish young professionals on the Inaugural Young Leaders Fellowship (YLF) attended the event, engaging and networking with SUNM’s Israeli mentor base. All member of SUNM’s global board and executive team in attendance spoke on SUNM’s successes and accomplishments over the past year as well as goals and hopes for the future. Three participants of YLF spoke on their changed outlook on Israel following their experiences on the trip. Mickey Raviv, CEO of CAF Israel, also shared his experience as a mentor for the program.