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April 12 · Issue #132 · View online

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“The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom” 

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … wishing a meaningful Passover and Easter to all of you who are celebrating.
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Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“This is true freedom: Our ability to shape reality. We have the power to initiate, create and change reality rather than only react and survive it. How can we all educate our children to true freedom? Teach them not to look at reality as defining their acts but to look at their acts as defining reality.” 
-Yaacov Cohen
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
How Jews in Ukraine Will Celebrate Passover This Year: Every year I connect some global occurrence (ex., a pandemic as a plague) to Passover. I can’t say it is my favorite holiday, but as we usher in the spring, this holiday is centered on the freedom the slaves experienced upon escaping from Pharaoh’s Egypt.
I remember hearing a rabbi’s sermon on Passover on how Pharaoh’s Egypt was a state of mind. And in the West, we certainly have the luxury to wrestle with different mental mindsets and ideologies when interpreting history. And while not just an attack on freedom itself, but on national identity, we can’t help but empathize with the suffering in Ukraine. This Russian attack is an assault not only on the identity of a sovereign nation, and its people, but on a way of life. This is what is at stake. And similar to what happened thousands of years ago… the Jews (of Ukraine and Russia) are making an Exodus to the Promised Land.
If anything, the last two years have been hard enough, and we need to be reminded (the pandemic did make us press the “reset” button for a brief period), that our freedom was earned at a hard-fought cost. This is not a given.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Because we compare: Freedom from social… maybe instead of chametz, is what is needed.
⚪️ Food is not only symbolic: With rising prices and supply chain challenges, the food we consume at the Seder takes on further urgency.
⚪️The bitter herbs: We can only taste the sweetness of victory through the struggle of bitterness.
The Secret Story of Passover
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️ Atento Capital: inTulsa connects great companies to great people with the mission to grow Tulsa’s community. Leverage the Tulsa community of companies and leaders to further build your career in Tulsa. Their Talent Network works to get you connected with Tulsa companies, and provides you direct support from our inTulsa Talent team. Openings here.
⚪️ TechAvivWant to work at one of the best Israeli startups in the world? 200 TechAviv member startups have 9,000 open jobs. Check it out and tell a talented friend who might be looking here.
⚪️ Climate Solutions Prize Startup Challenges: Powered by Start-Up Nation Central, the Climate Solutions Prize offers investment, prizes, and exposure to Israeli companies with solutions to climate change challenges. The multiple Challenges below are led by different corporate partners, each with its own distinct theme, vetting committee and prizes. When you apply, your single application will automatically enroll you in any and all Challenges that are relevant to your solution. Apply by May 25 here.
⚪️ Join the VF Venture Foundry EIR Innovation Challenge: Eager to ignite change in the wellness space? In partnership with @VF Venture Foundry, a venture studio backed by the power of @VF Corporation, they’re now accepting applications from founders and entrepreneurially-minded leaders who are hungry to build new businesses that disrupt the wellness industry.  Apply here.
⚪️ WMNfintech: Develop your services or solutions with tailored fintech support, resources, & mentorship from BMO Financial Group experts & leaders in our program designed for women-led companies. 1871 is a Chicago based tech incubator that is running a program called WMNfintech that is “powered” by BMO. This is a 3-month mentorship program for women in fintech through 1871. The applications opened on March 21, and close April 22. Apply here.
⚪️ MENTORSHIP PROGRAMThe Business Mentors Office Hours is an opportunity to meet with the US industry leaders who will provide valuable industry insights while you navigate through the US market. This is an excellent opportunity to get connected with key players in the industry, and widen your network. Registration Deadline is 18:00 Israel Time on Thursday, March 24. For any questions, please email george.labunsky@israeltrade.gov.il
⚪️HackathonThe German-Israeli Innovation Network and Stories for Tomorrow bring you a 3-day hackathon against antisemitism, check it out and apply by March 31 as an individual or as a team here.
⚪️ BIRD FoundationThe 2022 call for proposals is now open for the Israel-U.S. BIRD Foundation Homeland Security (HLS) program. The BIRD_HLS program is a joint initiative funded by S&T and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS). They are seeking U.S. and Israeli innovators to work on collaborative projects to develop advanced homeland security technologies in six innovation areas. Topics include advanced tech in: Cyber Crime, First Responder, Critical Infrastructure, Safe Cities, and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Submissions are due by April 25. Learn about the program requirements and how to apply here.
⚪️ Calling2Scale BootcampEIT Hub Israel together with 8200 Impact - who was chosen to lead the program - offers a full package scalerator for global penetration for highly disruptive and advanced European and Israeli startups. The one-of-a-kind opportunity brings to the table both startups and leading industry players creating a win-win situation for the implementation of disruptive technologies in different markets.  Apply here.
⚪️ Technion DRIVE AcceleratorDoes your startup have a Technion graduate in the founding team? Here is the opportunity to accelerate your company. The Technion DRIVE Accelerator is deep tech, early-stage Acceleration program. They provide investment, mentorship, workshops, workspace, worldwide investors network and much more – just what a startup needs for a kick start. Apply here
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ A Diplomatic Review: Russia, Iran, Israel with Ambassador Dennis Ross: Iran, Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Israel, The Abraham Accords – Middle East geo-politics are as complicated today as they were thirty years ago. Will Russia turn its frustration from Ukraine towards a show of power in Syria? Will a new alignment tame the Iranian bear? What kind of solution will a nuclear treaty with Iran provide? Ambassador Dennis Ross–scholar, diplomat, and expert–has been in the thick of it through multiple administrations. Wednesday, April 13. 12 PM ET/9 AM PT/7 PM Israel. Register here.
⚪️ [Webinar] Meet The VC: Michael Cardamone of Forum Ventures: Meet the VC is a monthly event hosted by Early Growth and its partners. Every month, they sit down with a VC to get answers to your questions about fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more. There will be Q&A at the end of the interview, so get your questions ready! This month’s speaker is Michael Cardamone of Forum Ventures – CEO & Managing Partner. April 13, 2022 | 12:00 PM PTD. Register Here.
⚪️ Celebrate Passover at FED!!!: April 15 & 16 at 6:30pm: Passover Seders! Yes, they are hosting this year — both nights — and yes, you are invited to join them! They will explore the holiday’s themes of empowerment and freedom through meaningful, interactive Seders written with love by Deborah Fishman Shelby. Plus, you know, there’s that other major highlight: the food!!! Join them and see for yourself!  Register here.
⚪️ East Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast: Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® they have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit. This group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. Tuesday, April 19, 8:30 AM EDT. Register here.
⚪️ Passover Taqueria + Bar: Who said Passover food has to be boring? Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar. We’re talking matzah tacos, soups, salads, and waddaya know - a complete kosher for Passover open bar. The CYP Garden - Downtown Jersey City. (heated tent in case of inclement weather) Tues, April 19, 7:30PM. Register here.
⚪️ 2022 TechUnited:BetterX Summit: They’re giving away another $50,000 prize to the winner of the 3nd annual TechUnited:BetterPlanet Challenge. And they’re giving away $25,000 to the winner of the first ever TechUnited:BetterConnected Challenge Newark. ​You can learn about all of these startup challenges at the new BetterX Summit in-person on Earth Day, April 22, 2022 at the NJCU School of Business. The event kicks off at 10AM and will feature launch interviews, an investor panel, and talks from executive leaders from Audible, PSEG, Labcorp, Verizon, and more. April 22, 10:00AM. NJCU School of Business, Jersey City. Register here.
⚪️ How to be a shark like Zohar Levkovitz: On their upcoming event, entrepreneurs can network and mingle, and get inspired and educated by an incredibly prominent figure in the Israel startup ecosystem: Zohar Levkovitz. Startup Grind has helped many entrepreneurs, startups, and hyper-growth companies to scale globally. MICROSOFT TEL AVIV R&D CENTER - 50TH FLOOR, MIDTOWN, 144 MENACHEM BEGIN ST, TEL AVIV-YAFO. Register here.
⚪️ Tel Aviv Yom HaShoah Community Ceremony & in-English Survivor TestimonyJoin them as one unified community as they hear live from Holocaust Survivor Gidon Lev about his incredible story. Let’s also get inspired together by a special Yom HaShoah candle lighting in memory of our six million lost and say Kaddish. Ichud Olam, 86 Ben Yehuda Street. Tel Aviv. Wed, April 27, 7:30 PM IDT. Register here.
⚪️ Celebrating the Remarkable 2: Join Noa Tishby & A4BGU to Celebrate Israel’s Climate-Saving Science! A FREE Virtual Experience. Featuring BGU’s leading experts in climate change and more… Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.
⚪️ Israel Crypto conference May edition - Save the date!: They are happy to announce the Israel Crypto Conference in Tel Aviv. After the sold-out conference in December 2021, the Israel Crypto Conference will be held on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th! The event will begin virtually on May 23rd. They will meet with international partners that will join them to network and view video content. Who will be there? Everyone from young startups to established companies in the Crypto community. Mon, May 23, 2022, 8:00 AM – Wed, May 25, 2022, 4:00 PM IDT. בית ציוני אמריקה - ZOA House TLV 1 Daniel Frisch Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo. Register here.
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