CEO of PresenTense Israel Leads Discussion on Social Change Through Entrepreneurship

For a decade, PresenTense Israel has promoted entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social change and has played a pioneering role in the StartUp Nation. In Israel, they launched the first social venture accelerator, the first accelerator for Arab tech entrepreneurs, and the first accelerator for Haredi women. To date, they have 40 accelerator programs, have launched 450 ventures, and helped create more than 2,000 jobs.

PresenTense CEO Rachel Shaul, along with three alumni of the accelerator programs, visited Gann Academy for a panel discussion on entrepreneurship, coexistence, Israeli innovation, and helping underserved communities within Israel. The visit was part of the PresenTense Boston and New York Road Show being sponsored by the Israeli consulate.

"Israel is known as the Startup Nation for its disproportionately high number of young companies and new inventions, from the cherry tomato to Waze," said Director of Academic Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to New England Talia Weisberg. "Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship are not only useful for the development of new technologies, but also serve as a channel to affect positive societal changes and foster coexistence between different communities."


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