After participating in each workshop, the Fellows are responsible to apply the lessons learned and complete a milestone. The Fellows will complete a total of 6 milestones throughout the course of the Fellowship, the last of which is an executive summary created from the previous five. By the end of the program, fellows have the foundation for a solid business plan.
In addition, each Fellow is matched with a Coach: a sounding board and ideally an advocate for their matched Fellow who assists him/her with the venture throughout the five-month program. A Coach is a young professional with industry-specific experience, an exemplary skill set, or general knowledge with an inquisitive and creative approach to problem solving. Coaches commit to training courses (three 1.5 hour sessions) and at least one monthly meeting with their Fellow over the five months to work on deliverables and other general strategy and work-planning questions.
Alon Friedman, Director of Israel Operations for MASA:
In addition to the opportunity to share my perspectives and expertise in my field, thus helping another person to develop an idea - being a coach enabled me to gain a valuable and refreshing insight into current Zionist entrepreneurship. Coaching a PT fellow actually forced me to raise my head above the virtual ‘piles’ on my desk and earn an up-to-date point of view over the next up-and coming Jewish and Zionist projects.
Marla Gamoran, 2010 Global Fellow, Skilled Volunteers for Israel:
My coach certainly added to the PresenTense fellowship experience, providing me with insights and opportunities for bench-marking the processes associated with recruiting and placing young professionals in volunteer internships which had relevance to my venture.