Submit a plan for social venture to help stop anti-Semitism. The award prize will be a seed investment to jumpstart your social start-up.
Creative solutions are needed to help end anti-Semitism. Propose an idea for a social venture that can contribute in a meaningful way to the struggle against anti-Semitism. Outstanding ideas will receive seed funding to turn the idea into action – with the top idea receiving up to $50,000.
Individuals, teams, and established organizations are all encouraged to submit entries. For teams and organizations entering the contest, list one main contact in the entry form and note additional information about the team or organization in the optional comment section at the bottom.
Here are the essential components of a strong entry:
- Identify the specific problem (an aspect of contemporary anti-Semitism) that your venture addresses.
- Describe specifically how your venture tackles that problem in a new way – make sure to clearly explain how your program or product works.
- Share a vision of your venture’s potential impact, including both how it can help make the world a better place and specific benchmarks you hope to achieve in the first six months.
- Profile briefly the venture’s leadership team and the relevant skills each member brings.
- Include a launch budget (up to $50,000).
- Do not try to tackle all aspects of anti-Semitism or over-promise a grandiose solution. Take on a specific aspect of anti-Semitism – either in your country or internationally – and show how can offer a practical response that will make an impact.
- Read up on the growing field of “Lean Start-Ups” and “Social Impact Ventures.” Consider applying principles and techniques from these fields to the struggle against anti-Semitism (and to putting together a clear basic budget for your venture).
- Harness the power of a team. Leadership is critical to the success of any venture. Try to recruit founding partners who have the right skills, drive, and chemistry to help ensure your idea can translate into real-world impact.
- For examples of how ordinary people had extraordinary ideas and turned them into real-world impact, look at the story of Eli Beer founding United Hatzalah.