Just as an entrepreneur in the business world does, the Jewish social entrepreneur identifies a void or significant opportunity in society and acts to address it with the aim of effecting positive social change. The entrepreneur develops a creative solution and a sound business plan to shift the status quo by implementing a venture that is sustainable and significantly impacts the current landscape. Social entrepreneurs may utilize new technologies and innovative program and funding models to dramatically alter efficiency and outcomes.
Jewish social entrepreneurs typically demonstrate:
- Leadership and entrepreneurial skills
- Strength and persistence of vision and the capacity to transmit it to others
- The ability to reflect and learn from experience
- Intelligence and intellectual capacity
- Perseverance in the face of adversity and ambiguity
- An openness to share learning with others
- The capacity and motivation to identify and bring in resources to support vision
- Background and thorough knowledge of the field of endeavor
- A passion for social betterment within the context of Jewish values, identity, and community
Eligible applicants must:
- Be the leader of the venture
- Be a legal resident of the United States or Canada
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be able to commit to two years of full-time work on the proposed venture (minimum 35 hours a week) for the duration of the Dual Investment Program
- Have no plans for graduate school, living abroad, or other full-time commitments for the duration of the Dual Investment Program
- Be willing to work toward raising the additional funding beyond the two-year period
- Agree to full participation in the Joshua Venture Group community by attending its semi-annual retreats; providing ongoing feedback and metrics; and engaging fully with peers, staff, and other stakeholders
Learn more about Venture Criteria.
Have more questions about eligibility? Review our FAQs.