In 2014, AlmaLinks established a partnership with Aharai! (Hebrew for “Follow me!”), an Israeli non-profit organization that empowers youth living in Israel’s periphery. In the framework of this partnership, AlmaLinks members served as mentors for a business plan competition that Aharai! had organized for their alumni. After several months of one-on-one mentoring sessions with AlmaLinks advisors, the Aharai! alumni participants created business plans and presented their ideas to a panel of judges comprised of executive AlmaLinks members.
During a recent visit to Israel, I had the privilege of meeting with Roee Raz, an Aharai! alumnus who was mentored by AlmaLinks member Danny Topper during last year’s program. “Danny was able to give me the tools needed to accomplish my vision and guide me along the way to eventually winning the competition and realizing my dream of becoming an entrepreneur,” Roee said. It was so inspiring to hear of the impact that an AlmaLinks member had on Roee and his project. Sephi Shapira, a board member of both Aharai! and AlmaLinks, believes this type of philanthropy – where the young help the young – creates a pay-it-forward mindset within the most energetic segment of the startup nation.
The program was a great success. Our members were able to help the participants, many of whom grew up in challenging conditions, to break free of the constraints imposed by their social situations and truly transform their lives. Motivated by such a great experience, AlmaLinks has decided to partner with Aharai! on this project for a second year in a row. This time, 15 AlmaLinks members will act as business mentors to Aharai! alumni for the duration of the program.
While this was AlmaLinks’ first time partnering with another non-profit on this type of project, we plan to initiate similar projects through our chapters around the globe and will continue to collaborate with Aharai! for the foreseeable future. AlmaLinks’ partnership with Aharai! is an amazing example of how, by helping to advance the careers of tomorrow’s business leaders, we can empower Israel’s youth to take their futures – and the future of Israel – into their own hands, all while encouraging philanthropy, promoting development, and driving social change.
With your help, AlmaLinks is able to leverage its members’ unique skills in order to give back to the global Jewish community in a meaningful way. Thank you all for your ongoing support!
A Personal Note about ‘Aharai Layazamut’ Project
A Meaningful Entrepreneurial Project
In 2014, ClearView participated in the 1st Aharai Layazamut project. Our venture is a new and exciting DIY technology that protects consumer’s optics..
We are very glad to have participated in this wonderful project. We feel that we have gained a lot from the experience and we hope that one day we ourselves can give back to program. Our mentor Lior Akavia from AlmaLinks greatly helped us in many aspects. Among them: guidance with our business strategy, guidelines to our pitch deck and investor kit materials, connection with key people and investors, and more. As in the “Aharai spirit.” That’s a major part of the plan of Aharai Layazamut project, as we see it and that’s why we loved it so much.
Happily, we advanced through the project stages and came in tied for first place with another exciting start up. We were both awarded a nice sum of money to help us advance our start up to the next level. This greatly helped us with many of the expenses that ventures need to get off the ground, such as: legal, patent applications, materials, tests and more.
We are forever thankful for the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful project and are sure that future participants will benefit from it as much as we did.
Alon, Yair and Beni