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“The TEDx of Social Action” — TOM:NYC Makeathon

Press Release – New York, NY — TOM:NYC will be a three-day Makeathon to invent affordable, assistive technology addressing needs of people with disabilities. New York’s first TOM Makeathon will feature teams of eight “makers” (engineers, product designers, developers and coders) who will unite with “need-knowers” (individuals with a deep understanding of a specific disability or challenge) to create prototypes where there is no market interest due to prohibitive cost or speciality of condition. Designs will then be published online for public domain use, accessible to those with similar disabilities around the world. The event will be held April 21-23rd at New Lab in Brooklyn.

TOM:NYC is part of multi-week, national campaign on campuses across the U.S. Berkeley, Cornell University, Northwestern, UCI, Vanderbilt, and Solomon Schechter Makeathons are being organized with the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and will be the latest in activities launched by the global TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers movement.

Tikkun Olam Makers (Hebrew for “repairing the world,”) which was launched in 2014 by Reut Group, is a network of makers currently organized in 10 countries. At a recent Makeathon, a team of Makers created a robotic arm for a quadriplegic man for $700–nearly $14,000 cheaper than its market value. At another, members of Israel’s space program designed wheelchairs more ergonomic and affordable than what’s available on the market.

At TOM:NYC, Makers and Need-Knowers will team up to create devices for 15 challenges, including prototypes for a portable, lightweight ramp that will provide greater mobility in urban environments, adaptable tech for weight machines at the gym, and redesigning a manual wheelchair so it can be be propelled without the use of one’s arms.

The Jim Joseph Foundation is championing the innovative efforts to mobilize young leadership by supporting the seminar training for campus organizers, supporting the development of a campus methodology and guidebook, as well as supporting each of the six Makeathons. These efforts are designed to create a scalable model to reach and engage even more young Jewish leaders, Jewish high schools, and college communities across the United States.

“This is a dynamic initiative that mobilizes young people to create change for good in an environment imbued with creativity and Jewish values,” says Barry Finestone, President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “The Foundation is excited to partner with TOM, offering opportunities for young adults to connect with Israelis and to engage in projects that inherently reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

By investing in promising Jewish education grant initiatives, the Jim Joseph Foundation seeks to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. Established in 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $450 million in grants to engage, educate, and inspire young Jewish minds to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.

TOM:NYC is a partnership of TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers, Reut Group, Cornell Tech, Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Cornell ILR’s Yang -Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

Tikkun Olam Makers—How it Works:

Rubi Life Wins $40,000 at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Zion’s Bank announce winners of statewide entrepreneur competition

Press Release – April 15, 2017 – Rubi Life, a student startup developing a wearable fetal activity tracker, won first place and the $40,000 grand prize at the 2017 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge today. The event featured the best collegiate entrepreneurs in Utah competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is a statewide business model competition open to all university students in the state. It is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

“The best part of this competition was watching schools all over the state come together to compete in a business model competition,” said Jaron Hall, the student co-chair of the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. “It was wonderful to see how we were able to have the business competition held at Lassonde Studios for the first time. It was definitely a success.”

Additional prizes were granted for best video, design, presentation, technology and more. Other big winners included Xlynk Surgical with Best Presentation ($5,000) and Best Design ($2,000 in-kind), Cedar Sports with the online voting People’s Choice Award ($2,500), and Portal Power with Best Speed Pitch ($1,000). All top eight teams walked away with in-kind awards from Deloitte and Jones Waldo. Participating teams also received mentorship from community experts and are judged by industry professionals.

Rubi Life’s fetal activity tracker uses nanotechnology attached to an elastic maternity band to passively track kick count, heartrate and fetal position. That data is sent to the mom’s smartphone and can alert her if the baby is at risk. Rubi Life is a source of maternal peace of mind and could help reduce the risk of stillbirth.

Rubi Life founder Eric Stopper was inspired by his wife’s terrible pregnancy experience. During her entire pregnancy, she was sick and worried about her baby. Due to complications, her son was born early. Initially, Stopper started an at-home ultrasound system. This later evolved into the product that is currently showcased.

Stopper plans to use the $40,000 that from the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge to launch a phone app at the end of this year after the current beta-testing phase. Stopper also plans to fly to California soon to meet with venture capitalist firms along with soon starting a Kickstarter campaign.

After winning the prize, Stopper offered advice to other entrepreneurs: “Take it one day at a time, when you feel like giving up you just have to make it work. You don’t give up.”

Learn more about the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Winners of the 2017 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Zions Cash Prize Awards:

  • Grand Prize Award ($40,000): Rubi Life
  • Best Speed Pitch Award ($1,000): Portal Power
  • Best Tabling Award ($1,000): Cedar Sports
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Awards ($1,000): Dentium Club & EMJ Medical
  • Online Video Voting People’s Choice Award ($2,500): Cedar Sports
  • Best Presentation Award ($5,000): XLynk Surgical

In-Kind Awards:

  • Stoel Rives Best Technology Award: Sunshine Sync
  • Jones Waldo Award (Neiybor, Xlynk, Rubi Life, The Gingerbracket Company, Portal Power, Sunshine Sync, PerkNow, Pleth Patch)
  • Espiritu Best Design Award: XLynk
  • Deloitte Services Award (Neiybor, Xlynk, Rubi Life, The Gingerbracket Company, Portal Power, Sunshine Sync, PerkNow, Pleth Patch)
  • Silicon Slopes Publicity Award: RubiLife
  • Silicon Slopes Publicity Award: RubiLife
  • Jive Phone Services: Cedar Sports, Neiybor, Dentium Club

Cash Prizes:

  • The Actium Bootstrap Award ($1,000): Gingerbracket Company
  • The Jones Waldo Best Video Award ($1,000): Rubi Life
  • The Payzang Excellence in innovation ($1,000): Pleth Patch

Top 20 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Teams

Here are the Top 20 teams in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge:

  • Breathe Easy Mat (BYU) – A thin pad that delivers oxygen to infants at night
  • Cedar Sports (SUU) – Provides Cedar City and surrounding areas with high quality new and used outdoor recreational equipment
  • Course Credit (USU) – Offers affordable online courses to non-traditional students who then transfer the credits they earn to online universities and community colleges
  • Coverall Homecare (Westminster) – A subscription-based monthly home maintenance service
  • Dentium Club (BYU) – Dental-grade whitening delivered to your door for a few bucks a month
  • EMJ Medical (UofU) – Creating a simple, mechanically driven medical device that will be applied to laparoscope lenses and restore the vision field of the operating team while the device is still in the patient
  • The Gingerbracket Company (Weber) – A mess-free product that makes snapping gingerbread houses together easier
  • HashTaggy (UofU) – Provides a new and innovative way for students to find fun stuff to do with their friends
  • LIT Outdoors (UofU) – An outdoor company that focuses on the emerging opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry
  • Lunchmoney (Snow College) – A fanny pack company that will design and sell multiple lines of hip and cool packs for people of all ages
  • Neiybor (UofU & BYU) – A peer-to-peer marketplace for storage (
  • OverPowered Training (USU) – A junior sports league for the players of League of Legends
  • PerkNow (UVU) – Streamlines the acquisition, implementation, promotion and distribution of convenient on-site services and desirable company perks
  • Pleth Patch (UofU) – A low-cost, portable, wireless vital sign monitoring system for low and middle-income countries. This device will provide clinicians in developing nations increase the standard of care at a very low cost.
  • Portal Power (UofU) – Portal Cord creates a simplistic portable charger
  • Rubi Life (BYU) – A maternity band-like wearable fetal monitor that can provide expectant mothers with real-time data to their smart phones about their baby’s kick count, heart rate and fetal position
  • Savor Life Co (SLCC) – A food truck that meets the needs of vegan diners who want to “savor life” by enjoying the food truck experience
  • Sunshine Sync (UofU) – App improving transfers of value between medical salespeople and physicians
  • Tenant Joy (Dixie) – A web app that helps with onboarding each student, making payment transactions easy and will also contain many more features
  • XLynk Surgical (UofU) – A faster more effective postoperative adhesion barrier

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at

$30,000 Awarded at High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Zions Bank announce winning teams at final event

Press Release – April 15, 2017 – Utah’s top high school entrepreneurs won $30,000 in cash and prizes at the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (HS UEC) Final Awards and Showcase event today at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios. The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

The competition received nearly 150 student business idea submissions from high school students throughout the state. The top-24 teams advanced to the final round, where they got the chance to pitch their ideas to judges, made up of many influential community leaders. Teams’ ideas and business presentations ranged from a portable solar panel to affordable homes for the homeless.

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is managed by a team of student leaders at the Lassonde Institute. Their goal is to help high school students explore innovation and early stage business.

“It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said Stephanie Gladwin, a University of Utah senior and chair of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

Three teams won the Grand Prize awards of $5,000 each:

  • StraightShot (Kearns High School) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • Colo Clean (Rowland Hall, Park City) – An alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • Puzzle Panel (Academy for Math, Engineering & Science, Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 was Health For All. The team secured the most votes from spectators at the event. The team is from Park City High School, and they have a line of clothing and accessories that use a type of subwoofer to be used for healing.

“Today was a milestone day to have the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge together,” said Mike Winder, vice president of community development at Zions Bank. “The energy was explosive and amazing.”

Among the other prizes were $1,000 scholarships for 10 young creative minds to live at Lassonde Studios, an entrepreneurial living-learning community at the University of Utah. The building opened in August 2016. All students at the University of Utah are welcome to live at Lassonde Studios or to use the 20,000-square foot innovation space on the first floor to collaborate, build prototypes and launch companies.

“We appreciate the community coming out to support our students” said Anne Bastien, program director at the Lassonde Institute “All of the teams this year blew us away and made us truly excited for the entrepreneurial community in Utah.”

Learn more about High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge at

Winners of the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

  • Grand Prize Winners, $5,000 each (Zions Bank) – StraightShot Apperal, Colo Clean, Puzzle Panel
  • Lassonde Studios Scholarships, $1,000 each (Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute) – The DeFlame Wrap (Jonathon Vizmeg), Puzzle Panels (Isaac Bromley-Dulfano), Board Buddy (Keyan Adams), Colo Clean (Tobi Yoon), HeadShot (Madison Hooper and Shreya Mahassenan), Valle (Caleb Christensen), The Curb Climber (Andrew Rich), Health For All (Kyle Haas), My Lunch (Lauren Barlow)
  • People’s Choice Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – Health For All
  • Best Prototype Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – Air Scare
  • Rising Star Award, $1,000 (Zions Bank) – 123Hammock
  • Top Online Vote Award, $500 (Zions Bank) – The Great Traffic De-escalator
  • Finalist Award, $100 each (Zions Bank) – All teams won
  • STEM Entrepreneur Award, $1,000 (STEM Action Center) – Head Shot
  • Zions Elite Entrepreneur Package (Zions Bank) – All teams won
  • Impact Hub In-Kind Award (Impact Hub) – Head Shot, Self-Image Mirror, My Lunch
  • Intellectual Property Protection Package (Snell & Wilmer) – The DeFlame Wrap

Top 24 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Teams

Here are the top 24 teams in the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge in alphabetical order:

  • 123Hammock – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Aims to revolutionize the hammock industry by providing a hammock that has easily attachable parts.
  • Air Scare – Beehive Science & Technology Academy (Sandy) – Innovative small, portable and nonpolluting air dancers (ADs) make a positive impact by making air travel safer and saving birds’ lives by scaring them away from airports.
  • AptiTekk – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – All-in-one business solution makes it easy to book rooms, equipment and more.
  • BacteriaPets – Maser Prep Academy (Orem) – A fun classroom lab designed for elementary school classrooms. Using bacteria, students can create their own “pets,” or bacteria cultures, in a safe environment, while learning about bacteria at the same time.
  • Board Buddy – American Preparatory Academy (Riverton) – Board Buddy makes it impossible for beginner snowboarders to catch their edge. The product is made of hard plastic that prevents the riders downhill edge from touching the snow.
  • CoderKeys – Pine View High School (St. George) – An app to teach kids how to type more efficiently for computer programming – and it’s fun.
  • ColoClean – Rowland Hall (Park City) – An alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • DeFlame Wrap – West High School (Salt Lake City) – The wrap will provide support and compression on muscles during exercise. After exercise, the wearer may chill the wrap to ice any inflamed muscle areas.
  • Discount Driver – West High School (Salt Lake City) – An app that tracks phone usage while driving through the use of accelerator and NFC sensors.
  • GovGush – Riverton High School (Riverton) – GovGush is a unified technology platform, via mobile and web engagement app, for the public, political representatives and governments.
  • HeadShot: Concussion Diagnosis – Hillcrest High School (Midvale) – Help athletes know how to better care for and handle their concussions. The technology used measures brain activity of regions of the cortex.
  • Health For All – Park City High School (Park City) – A line of clothing and accessories that integrates a type of subwoofer (tactile transducers or bass shakers) to be used for new-age healing techniques as well as a cutting-edge musical experience.
  • Multi-Use Backpack – Timpview High School (Provo) – A backpack with an inflatable mattress and pump. Allows buyer to be able to sleep more comfortably on the go.
  • My Lunch – Herriman High School (Herriman) – Parents and students can pre-order delicious, wholesome lunches from the My Lunch app and select a nutritious meal with quality fruits and vegetables.
  • One Heart One Home – Kearns High School (Kearns) – It starts by giving the homeless a place to call home, and a community they care about maintaining. The primary goal is to design and construct tiny homes for those who have no place to go.
  • PocketFab – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – This is a simple product: a pocket. This pocket will be able to hold your phone and other items in a place of your choice.
  • pRaise the Pringle – Park City High School (Park City) – Created a lift so that as Pringles are removed from the top, the lift pushes new Pringles to the top of the can.
  • Puzzle Panels – Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.
  • Self-Image Mirror – Timpview High School (Provo) – What if instead of only providing our reflection, our mirror could let us know that we’re looking good, that our hair is impeccable and our outfit stunning? The Self-Image Mirror will provide this service.
  • Stadium Chair – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Seats in the stadium that are heated and cooled for when it is cold or hot outside.
  • StraightShot Apparel – Kearns High School (Kearns) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • The Curb Climber – Copper Hills High School (West Jordan) – A base that will be built into the bottom of motorized chairs that will use motors and wheels to lift the chair over the curb.
  • The Great Traffic Stop De-escalator – Skyline High School (Millcreek) – A robot that acts as an intermediary between the police officer and the civilian for traffic violation stops.
  • Valle – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – Valle is a high-end clothing brand for urban and streetwear designs.

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at

TCU’s Values and Ventures® Competition Rewards Students Who Have a Head for Business and Heart for Humanity

Some people may think business is just about making money, but a lot of college students want to make a difference while making a profit. They’re coming to TCU April 21-22 to show us how.

Press Release – April 17, 2017 (FORT WORTH, Texas) – College students from 51 universities in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Croatia and Bangladesh are coming to TCU April 21-22 to pitch ideas for businesses that make a difference while making a profit.

They’ll vie for more than $70,000 in cash prizes to make those ideas a reality, thanks to TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition (

Values and Ventures® is not like any other college business plan competition. Students must present a plan for a for-profit business that benefits the community, environment or a specific population. Past winners include mattress recycling plants that employ former inmates, affordable banking kiosks for underserved populations and human-powered grain machines for remote areas of Africa.

This is the seventh year for the competition, presented by the TCU Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. Co-founders are Dallas real estate and technology entrepreneurs Nancy Tartaglino Richards and Lisa Barrentine of First Preston HT.

More than 100 business professionals serve as judges and mentors.

All 51 teams will compete Friday morning, April 21, in seven simultaneous flights. The top team from each flight will advance to the finals Saturday, April 22. Second-place teams from each flight will compete in a lightning round Friday afternoon. The top two teams from the lightning round will also compete in the finals on Saturday. All teams will compete in an elevator pitch competition Saturday.

Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.

2017 participating schools

Bangladesh University of Professionals
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-San Bernardino
Emory University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
James Madison University
JJ Strossmeyer University
Johns Hopkins University
Kennesaw State University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Millikin University
North Carolina State University
Ohio University
Prairie View A&M University
Royal Roads University
Saint Leo University
Siena College
Southern Methodist University
St. Mary’s University
Tarleton State University
Texas Christian University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California-Irvine
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Pikeville
University of Strathclyde
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Virginia
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Wake Forest University
Walsh University
Washington University in St. Louis

Follow the action and awards announcements on Twitter @NeeleySchoolTCU #valuesandventures and Facebook The public is welcome at all stages of the event. A full schedule is available at

For more information:

Magna Investment Company Launches Charitable Arm Magna:initiative To Foster Future Generations of Impactful Entrepreneurship

Press Release – New York, NY, April 7, 2017 – New York based investment and holding company Magna that operates across multiple platforms ranging from global equities (Magna:equities), early stage private initiatives (Magna:ventures) and entertainment production and financing (Magna:entertainment) has now launched the Magna:initiative, a charitable arm of the company simply seeking to foster future generations of impactful entrepreneurship through the support of creative development and exploration at an early age; providing more children an opportunity to create music, play in bands and explore their own creativity. Something needed now more than ever as federal funding for the arts continues to decline.

“At Magna, we strongly believe a foundation of creativity, collaboration and the quest to inspire are at the core of any successful entrepreneur,” noted Magna Founder & CEO Josh Sason, who himself was a touring musician before founding the global investment firm at 22 he still leads. “In our view, there’s no better way to foster the development of these traits than through music; and specifically the experience that comes with playing in bands and creating the music that you love,” he concluded.

Starting strong out of the gate, the Magna:initiative has already partnered with two leading entrepreneurial educational institutions, BerkleeICE and Hofstra University, Sason’s alma mater, to solidify the Initiative’s thesis and create momentum to drive opportunities forward supporting the connection between the arts and successful entrepreneurs.

The collaboration between BerkleeICE and Magna will result in a thoroughly researched white paper that will substantiate the fact that music studies and a pursuit of music in the developmental years contributes to a higher propensity for impactful entrepreneurship later in life; something Sason firmly believes rings true about himself.

At Hofstra, the Magna:initiative has underwritten a new program within the university’s school of entrepreneurship focused around what the future of music and record labels could look like. This will once again allow students with a passion for music to see more clearly the connection between creativity and future business opportunity.

Sason’s goal for the Initiative is to “give back in a meaningful way.” Through the giving of money, time, energy and expertise, the Magna:initiative will first and foremost provide more children the opportunity to learn and create music that they enjoy in a collaborative manner with the foresight of how it contributes to greater opportunities in the future. In addition to the universities mentioned, benefactors may include the likes of the Grammy’s Foundation and Little Kids Rock. Beyond music, Sason will use the Initiative as the central vehicle for all of his philanthropic pursuits, which include active participation in Defy Ventures, The Jack Brewer Foundation and Charity:Water.

Throughout Magna’s tenure, the company’s open-minded approach to new ideas and unconventional opportunities has enabled its redefinition of the meaning of smart, meaningful investing – a sentiment that will carry over to the Magna:initiative in its pursuit towards harnessing creative instinct and habits to inspire the impactful entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Forbes Brings Top Young Entrepreneurs To City Of Rawabi To Foster Partnerships With Palestinian Tech Entrepreneurs

As part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA’s Service Day, Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees from all over the world engaged with Palestinian tech entrepreneurs to help accelerate the Palestinian entrepreneurial scene


Press Release – RAWABI, APRIL 6, 2017 – On April 5, 2017, Forbes led a conclave of some of the world’s top young entrepreneurs to Rawabi, a brand-new city designed to become a hub for Palestinian entrepreneurs, to meet local tech founders under the mission of fostering business collaboration in order to help advance co-existence. The excursion into Rawabi was part of Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA’s “Service Day,” a program in partnership with The Pratt Foundation designed to give back to the local community.

“The city of Rawabi is a massively ambitious and optimistic project,” said Randall Lane, Forbes magazine Editor and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. “Our goal with Service Day was to start a dialogue between top young international entrepreneurs and Palestinian tech entrepreneurs and leave this region better than we found it.”

More than 50 entrepreneurs and game-changers from 20 different countries heard presentations from a group of 60 Palestinian tech entrepreneurs, ranging from the founders of NIMD and Baskalet to Mashvisor and Asal Technologies. The discussion between the two groups revolved around possible partnerships to accelerate the Palestinian entrepreneur scene and culminated in a lunch under a Bedouin tent overlooking the entire valley.

Rawabi was the vision of Bashar Masri who, with the continued support of the international community, created a unique city with world-class infrastructure and a tech hub.

“In 2007, we began with a vision to build Rawabi into a city that would create a better life for our people and also serve as a tech destination for the business community,” said Bashar Masri, Founder of Rawabi. “By bringing in groups like the Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees, we hope to foster partnerships between Palestinian tech entrepreneurs and our international peers. We can help and learn from each other and together further the common cause of the betterment of society.”

Forbes’ “Service Day” in Rawabi was a collaboration between Forbes and The Portland Trust, which promotes co-existence and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development.

“Rawabi serves as an example of a tremendous impact investment with significant benefits on Palestinian society,” said Sir Ronald Cohen, Founder of The Portland Trust. “If you want to have impact, you need scale. If you think big, there’s that much more you can achieve. By bringing groups like the Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees together with Palestinian entrepreneurs, we hope to encourage talented business minds to think big together.”

For the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA, held in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, April 2-6, Forbes convened more than 700 of the world’s most influential young entrepreneurs from the U.S., Europe and Israel, as culled from Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists. At the summit, Forbes featured panels, interviews, performances, product demos and keynote addresses, showcasing the most cutting-edge innovators and disruptors, and provided mentorship from successful business leaders. To view the agenda and full speaker line-up, please visit:

Partners and Sponsors of the 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA

The 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA was presented in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Pratt Foundation and The Paul E. Singer Foundation. Content partners included Start-Up Nation Central and REALITY Israel. The Presenting Sponsors for the summit were Lokai and LABS. Gett was the official Transportation Partner.
About Forbes Media

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. The company publishes Forbes and Forbes Asia magazines as well as The Forbes brand today reaches more than 94 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 38 licensed local editions around the globe, websites, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, real estate, education, financial services and technology license agreements.

About Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change. Schusterman pursues its mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders. Schusterman’s work emphasizes efforts to improve public education in the United States and strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel. Visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Paul E. Singer Foundation

The mission of The Paul E. Singer Foundation is to support innovative and effective organizations that work to strengthen our American democracy and democracies around the world. The Foundation work to date has focused on supporting research and scholars in the areas of free-market economics, the rule of law, U.S. national security, and the future of Israel, as well as LGBT equality efforts and health-care delivery innovation. For additional information, please visit

About The Pratt Foundation

The Pratt Foundation is an Australian-based grant-maker which funds philanthropic projects internationally, with a focus on Australia, Israel, Asia and the United States. Its priorities include food and water security, environmental sustainability, innovation and social entrepreneurship, mental health, Aboriginal education, medical research, family welfare, inter-faith dialogue, and the arts.

About REALITY Israel

REALITY Israel is a transformative leadership development journey through Israel for global changemakers on a mission to repair the world. It is designed to encourage participants to explore the values that drive their commitment to social change and to give them the tools to apply what they learn to their work. REALITY is an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

About Start-Up Nation Central

Start-Up Nation Central connects companies and countries to the people and technologies in Israel that can solve their most pressing challenges. Start-Up Nation Central provides international clients with their first tangible point of connection to the Israeli innovation ecosystem while offering the largest and most up-to-date platfor and connectivity to more than 6,000 Israeli companies across multiple industries and domains.

About Lokai

Lokai is a socially responsible lifestyle brand that represents the importance of finding balance along life’s journey. Steven Izen founded the company in 2013, on the heels of a deeply emotional and transformative experience. Realizing that life is a cycle of highs and lows, he grew to appreciate the importance of remaining both humble and hopeful. The company infuses its trademark bracelets with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on Earth – water from Mt. Everest and mud from the Dead Sea. The Lokai lifestyle is devoted to finding balance, sharing success during life’s peaks and gaining perspective during lows. Lokai supports this message by donating 10% of net profits to various charitable organizations. Since launching, Lokai is sold in over 160 countries. Please visit for more information. .

About LABS

LABS is a Market Tech company that is being established and which will compete in the co-working market, offering large facilities at attractive locations in select cities around the world. A new facility will be opened in London in June, followed by two additional facilities opening in Tel Aviv. Facilities are planned in Paris and Berlin in 2018 and possibly in the U.S.

About Gett

Gett (previously GetTaxi) is a global on-demand mobility company. #1 in Europe, Gett operates in 100+ cities, including NYC, London, Moscow and Tel Aviv. With >6k corporate clients worldwide, Gett for Business is the leading B2B player globally. Founded in 2010, Gett is disrupting on-demand transportation, goods and services, and changing the way people move around and Gett things. With >$500M in revenues, Gett continues to grow 3X YoY. Gett raised $640 million in venture funding and was selected by FORBES as a one of the top 15 explosively growing companies.

Under 30 Summit EMEA: Sir Ronald Cohen Lays Out Blueprint for Young Entrepreneurs to Create Measurable Change and Improve the World

“We have arrived at an era of making profit with purpose,” said Sir Ronald Cohen, the “father of social business,” at the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA

Press Release – April 3, 2017 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Sir Ronald Cohen, Co-Founder of Apax Partners and Chairman of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group and The Portland Trust, said today at the Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA that “we arrived at the idea of profits with purpose” during his “Fireside chat” with Forbes’ Editor, Randall Lane.

“What attracted me to venture capital was that I always had my eyes fixed on change,” said Cohen to room of entrepreneurs. “In the case of impact investing today, we’re in an era of defining change. Today the world has already shifted, but most people haven’t noticed it, from measuring risk and return, to measuring risk, return and impact. Life has to be more about just making money. It has to be possible to improve people’s lives and to improve the planet, at the same time as making money.”

Cohen pointed out how investing can have far reaching impact even on issues where governments struggle. “Governments are saying come and show me new ways that we can tackle social issues more effectively. Innovation comes from young entrepreneurs.”

Finally, he concluded by providing the young innovators his one and only key to success. “Start young, think big, stick with it – do those 3 things and you’ll be very successful.”

The Under 30 Summit EMEA convenes the greatest young entrepreneurs and game-changers from America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to foster world-changing ideas and collaborations. Host cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, serve as a perfect backdrop: they are the most entrepreneurial places on the planet, with more startups per capita than Silicon Valley.

New Report – Sex And Labor Trafficking In The United States Redefined In The Typology of Modern Slavery

Polaris defines 25 types of modern slavery, breaking down previous frameworks

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2017)—Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, released a new report today, The Typology of Modern Slavery, that breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories, detailing the unique trafficker profile, recruitment tactics, victim profile, and method of control for each different subset of modern slavery.

The report is based off the largest data set on human trafficking ever publicly compiled and analyzed in the United States. It restructures previously conceived frameworks around sex and labor trafficking, offering a new, more effective look at the causes and potential solutions to modern slavery in the U.S.


In The Typology of Modern Slavery, Polaris’s research team proposes a classification system that identifies 25 distinct types of human trafficking in the United States, including:

  1. Escort Services
  2. Illicit Massage, Health, and Beauty
  3. Outdoor Solicitation
  4. Residential
  5. Domestic Work
  6. Bars, Strip Clubs, and Cantinas
  7. Pornography
  8. Traveling Sales Crews
  9. Restaurants and Food Service
  10. Peddling and Begging
  11. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
  12. Personal Sexual Servitude
  13. Health and Beauty Services
  14. Construction
  15. Hotels and Hospitality
  16. Landscaping
  17. Illicit Activities
  18. Arts and Entertainment
  19. Commercial Cleaning Services
  20. Factories and Manufacturing
  21. Remote Interactive Sexual Acts
  22. Carnivals
  23. Forestry and Logging
  24. Health Care
  25. Recreational Facilities

“One of the primary challenges to ending modern slavery has been the lack of data to understand the problem,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. “The Typology of Modern Slavery offers a new map to understand how human trafficking manifests throughout the country.”

“Perpetrators of human trafficking often operate in the shadows, making it a challenge to interrupt the systems that support them,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman. “This report provides a comprehensive look at the typology of modern slavery that will help prosecutors protect victims and pursue criminals.”

“These are the tools that survivors and advocates need to revolutionize a movement and put an end to modern slavery,” said Rebecca Bender, survivor advocate and CEO/Founder of the Rebecca Bender Initiative. “With a better understanding, we will have a better chance to help people fight these systems of control and oppression.”

“Polaris analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking to develop a classification system that identifies 25 types of modern slavery,” said Jennifer Penrose, Data Analysis Director at Polaris. “From escort services to traveling sales crews, the ways humans are exploited differ greatly, as do ways to combat the problem.”

The report relies on data gathered from Polaris-operated hotlines between December 2007 and December 2016. During that time period, Polaris received reports of 32,208 cases of potential human trafficking and 10,085 potential cases of labor exploitation. The Typology report offers the next step in creating a world without slavery. Polaris invites survivors, practitioners, and experts in the field to help refine this classification system and make it even more accurate and robust by contributing cases, data, and firsthand experiences beyond those included in the report.

Funding for the Typology report was provided through a grant from Google, a longtime partner to Polaris and supporter of anti-human trafficking work throughout the world. On Monday, Polaris was awarded the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation, which recognizes organizations that disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create an even greater impact in the world.


APOPO Extends HeroRAT Training Programme To Detect Man-Flu In Men

Successful Trials Could Lead The Way To A Cure Within 5 Years

Press Release – APOPO, the non-profit social enterprise which trains rats to detect hidden landmines and tuberculosis in sputum samples, is today adding man-flu detection to its list of specialist services.

After 10 years of scientific research, and a successful 6-month field trial, APOPO is set to launch the first low-cost, high-impact solution to a modern day health crisis. The man-flu virus – an aggressive mutation of the common cold – is feared across the world for its ability to render healthy men helpless, hopeless and hapless. Common symptoms include lethargy, apathy, and an involuntary craving for endless sympathy.

APOPO’s extensive laboratory research on patients living with man-flu, discovered the virus produces a unique ‘scent signature’ that’s undetectable to humans, but which can be identified quickly and easily by a specially trained African giant pouched rat.

Charlie Richter, APOPO’s US Director, commented “The Man-Flu Detection Rat (MFDR) is the culmination of years of research and represents the cutting-edge of scent detection technology. Manflu costs the global economy billions in lost revenue and man-hours annually, and we’re convinced our MFDRs can play a crucial role in helping bring the virus under control. Early detection could point the way to a cure that will alleviate the suffering, not just of men with the virus, but also their families, friends, neighbours, the postman, milkman and anyone else subject to their barrage of self-pity.”

Haylee Ellis, Behavioural Researcher at APOPO, added “It turns out men were right all along. When they get the flu, their immune system goes into overdrive, which explains why their symptoms are much more severe than women’s. Our rats are capable of detecting this immunological hyperactivity, and reliably indicating almost exclusively over samples obtained from males.”

‘Listen for Good’ Open Request for Proposals Released; Five New Funders Announced

Listen for Good 2017 Request for Proposals Posted

Press Release – Shared Insight is excited to announce that it is offering up to 75 Listen for Good (L4G) grants in 2017.

The goal of L4G is to help nonprofit organizations—across issue areas, populations served, geographies and budget levels—build the practice of high-quality feedback loops with those they serve. The L4G methodology is simple, yet systematic and rigorous. In order to engage more funders in supporting beneficiary feedback efforts and using the data to inform their work, L4G is structured as a co-funding opportunity.

To participate in L4G, a nonprofit must be nominated by a current funder (existing or new). If the nonprofit(s) a funder nominates is selected to participate, the nominating funder will contribute $15,000 of the $45,000 grant total for each nonprofit selected. Grantees will receive a grant of $45,000 over two years: $30,000 paid the first year and $15,000 the second year. Shared Insight will accept proposals from funder-nominated nonprofits through May 26, 2017.

For funders to learn more about how to nominate a grantee, click here. For nonprofits to learn more about how to apply for a L4G grant, click here.

In addition, Shared Insight will hold two informational webinars for potential nominating funders:

New Core Funders Join Fund for Shared Insight

Since July 2014, Shared Insight core funders have pooled financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. The initiative is delighted to announce four new core funders have joined this collaborative effort: the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

  • “The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust is thrilled to join Fund for Shared Insight and contribute to this vital work to improve philanthropic effectiveness,” says Jennifer Hoos Rothberg, Einhorn’s executive director. “Our relationship-based approach to philanthropy—when done well—is one of the chief factors in helping our partner grantees achieve impact, and we’re thrilled to work in partnership with such a talented group of colleagues from foundations we have long admired to help support and advance the field in this way.”
  • Don Howard, president and CEO of Irvine adds: “We are big believers in Fund for Shared Insight’s goal of improving services and impact by listening. We’re especially interested in advancing funders’ abilities to listen to the people we seek to support, and using that information to guide our decisions.” He continues, “Joining Fund for Shared Insight is a great opportunity for Irvine to partner with like-minded funders that are experimenting with incorporating community-level input into our work and the work of our grantees. We look forward to being part of these efforts and to sharing what we learn.”
  • “As a leader in philanthropic innovation for over a century, The Rockefeller Foundation is excited to become a core member of Fund for Shared Insight and further our ongoing commitment to strengthening both our own practices and the field of philanthropy writ large,” says Dr. Rajiv Shah, Rockefeller’s president. “Today, institutions like ours are more rigorous, analytical, and results-oriented than ever before, but there is still much we can learn—not only from each other, but also from researching and experimenting with new approaches. The more ways we can listen to and understand the perspectives of the people we seek to serve, the more effective our efforts will be.”

The original core funders of Shared Insight are the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Liquidnet, the Rita Allen Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Omidyar Network Supports Shared Insight

Shared Insight is also delighted to welcome the Omidyar Network as its newest funding partner, supporting its efforts to improve philanthropy through a one-year grant. With this latest additional funder, there are now 39 funding organizations participating in Shared Insight either as core funders, additional funders, or Listen for Good co-funders.

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