As entrepreneurs ourselves, we know what our fellow innovators need – and have proved as much through the dozens of ventures launched through PresenTense each year. The fellowship provides practical tools to launch seedstage ventures, including:
- Developing a business plan
- Entrepreneurial skills and logic
- Pitching the venture
- Recognizing value proposition and defining the product
- Business strategy and risks
- Building business models
- Budgeting for fundraising
Elements of the Fellowship
- Cluster Hotseat: Meetings based on Harvard Business School’s Hotseat methodology enabling fellows to practice and refine their pitch in a supportive and constructive environment.
- Training Seminars: In-person training seminars developed by PresenTense.
- Skillbuilding Sessions: Taught by leading practitioners in the host community.
Workshop Opportunities: For innovators to troubleshoot and grow cross-learning.
- Networking: Opportunities to feature the new venture, and meet leaders in Jewish organizations and the private sector who seek innovative opportunities.
- Mentorship: Pairing with successful entrepreneurs in fellow’s field of interest.
- Launch Night: The final event of the Fellowship, wherein fellows showcase their new ventures to the PT greater community and VIPs to promote and establish networks for their venture.
- Access: Fellows are introduced to and encouraged by a community invested in each other’s success.
Fellows who have successfully completed the PresenTense Fellowship curriculum are provided one year of follow-on advising. A trained member of the PresenTense staff provides advice and support through its Venture Development services -- bolstered by field-specific mentors and coaches organized by the PresenTense Community. Furthermore, graduated fellows receive access to the Yazam Fund to promote the successful start and growth of their venture.