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Aliya Incubator Seeking Quality ‘Anglos’ to Join Startup nation


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How do you make a million dollars in Israel? You start with two million.

The joke reflects a perception many “Anglo” Jews share regarding their financial opportunities in the Holy Land. The implication is that the only people who go on Aliya from English speaking countries are the very strong ideologically or religiously, while the rest simply don’t stand a chance to make it.

There’s a mass of talented, entrepreneurial Jews who have given serious consideration to making Aliya, and may have even been on a Birthright or Aliya pilot trip, but they hesitate. They’re stuck in that “how to make a million dollars” joke mode. They simply can’t imagine themselves surviving, much less succeeding, in Israel.

This negative way of thinking affects even some Anglos who have already taken the plunge and made aliya. Graduates of Harvard and other fine U.S. academic institutions, some find themselves in night-shift Call Centers or Technical Writing jobs, a self fulfilling nightmare.

David Goldberger

David Goldberger

“It’s because they are forced into a ‘survival mode’ instead of a highly creative and productive mode of being and working,” says David Goldberger, founder of the Aliya Incubator (AI), himself an oleh from the U.S..

“The fear of not making it puts psychological limitations on the realization of the American oleh’s true potential,” says Goldberger.

It turns out that this perception is wrong, and that Israel is ready to reap the benefits of absorbing a much larger “Anglo” population.

Israel attracts the highest rate of venture capital per resident anywhere in the world – in 2010, according to the Economist, it took in $170 investment dollars per capita, compared with $75 in the U.S. This money is hungry for new applications. If you ask David Goldberger, the time to take advantage of it is now.

Dan Senor & Saul Singer have drawn world attention to Israel’s amazing technological miracle in Their book “Startup Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.”

Watch this interview with co-author Dan Senor on MSNBC.

This week, AliyaIncubator.com (AI) announced their plan to make a big impact catering to English speaking Olim with great ideas – by funding them.

“Our aim is to not only facilitate a red-carpet ramp for the up and coming innovators,” says Goldberger. “Through AI, we will manage the essential services which all entrepreneurs desperately need as part and parcel of launching a new company.”

David Goldberger lives and breathes Israel’s world of startups, having worked in several and launching his own. “AI intends to fund dozens of start-ups, bringing them on Aliya to build their dream. Starting at $500k per deal for the business launch, assisting in the Aliya process, and providing all the necessary business services.”

Jonni Nieman

Jonni Nieman

Jonni Nieman, an Oleh from Denmark, joined David as co-founder of AI. He also shares his vision: “The idea we are so excited about is to feather the nest so that landing in Israel will be the softest possible – easy entry, while almost all of the bureaucratic headaches are managed by the AI services. So the entrepreneur oleh is able to focus entirely on their main business vision. All the rest is managed by AI.”

AI is planning to launch multiple centers in Israel, so new Olim will have their optimal choice of living locations, including, eventually, in the Negev.

The process of moving to Israel is filled with challenges: housing, employment, education, choosing a community, coping with a myriad changes. AI’s role is to systemically plan for most of these considerations, transforming these challenges into opportunities, and thus reducing the stress factors.

Yair Almagor

Yair Almagor

Yair Almagor is an Israeli professional strategic business entrepreneur and founder of ID2B Consulting. He joined to partner in this Aliya dream to help reverse the brain drain often associated with Israelis who leave Israel for greener pastures.

Yair has been consulting innovators for years and is excited to provide AI entrepreneurs the same marketing, strategic, and business development mentoring, along with high level access to proven enterprise visionaries.

“I joined Jonni and David to build a true dream,” says Yair. “This is the dream of Israel, to succeed by helping others succeed, to grow a country – this is what start-up nation is all about.”

Aliya Incubator

Website: www.aliyaincubator.com
Facebook : www.facebook.com/AliyaIncubator
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=guLboE1I9Bs
e-mail: info@aliyaincubator.com

Aliya Incubator is an Aliya program focused on encouraging entrepreneurial super-talents from English speaking countries to make Aliya and to build a High-Tech Start-Up, in Israel.

Aliya Incubator aims to comprehensively fund motivated Aliya candidates who:
1. Have great ideas which are worth funding.
2. Are entrepreneurs who can focus on succeeding in Israel – who have the ability to launch a success.
3. Are ready to make Aliya upon funding.

Aliya Incubator‘s mission is to support Olim 100% — with more than just funding. AI will do whatever it takes to help score home run Start–Up companies. AI will enable the new immigrant to start and stay on solid footing in Israel, to create high value jobs for other immigrants, and lock in healthy returns for AI investors.

We will do this by framing an Israeli incubator model concept for a highly select segment of energetic and committed “next” immigrant entrepreneurial talents. AI introduces a new and unique evolutionary Israeli incubator model – a targeted hybrid. A turnkey customized program with an entire ecosystem of support services necessary to start up a new life and to start up a new company in Israel.

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15 Responses to “Aliya Incubator Seeking Quality ‘Anglos’ to Join Startup nation”

  1. Josh Sussman says:

    What a great idea, these people are really putting their money where their mouths are…

  2. Jen Maidenberg says:

    Are you an Israel government licensed incubator?

  3. I àm old and crippled and poor. I did not go to Harvard or Yale.. I am not cute. I a Jew who wants to make Alyiah. But NbN does not want to "invest" in me. That's their words. So how do I come to Israel. The law of return is a joke.

  4. Am I right to understand that this is for hi=tech only?

  5. Aliyah has always been that way. You can make it on your own.

  6. Deborah Ghedini Krulwich says:

    Great opportunity for those who are smart and savvy in the high-tech start-up field, but dislike the off-putting term "quality anglos"… Anglos are not cheese. :)

  7. Hi Anne, yes you understood correctly. The scope of Aliya Incubator is High-Tech only, targeted for candidates at pre-aliya stage.

  8. Sara Gold says:

    agreed, 100%. Thanks for your good point. The idea was to focus on a segment who we relate to, and know well. And we want to grow employment opportunity levels significantly. Unfortunately "we" are referred to "here" as "Anglos" although we are really not Anglos at all. :)

  9. Hi Jen, no, we are a private Incubator

  10. Sara Gold says:

    Agreed. Thanks. We came here with almost nothing and were amazed at the opportunities and potential. Dream big and make it in Israel is what motivates us.

  11. Sara Gold says:

    Not yet, but we are engaging all the Government agencies to work with them and partner in the most optimal ways.

  12. Sara Gold says:

    Not necessarily, but likely to be the most often focused on. We are keenly interested in energy, life sciences, medical apps, etc., ideas which mainly and essentially leverage the Internet. The idea being, can they significantly succeed with the amount of start-up funding we can initially provide and reach a successful milestone.

  13. Why am I not surprised when peoplexthat are just what NbN are looking for protest my post. Are either of you handicapped or poor. If you old and crippled you better have money. Every penny NbN does not give out iis a raise for their bureaucrats. I have seen it before throw a little money out to impressnthe doners and keep funding the office. You have to be young or have money or they just forget you exist.l.

  14. Shuli Wolfe says:

    They cannot STOP you. you have a RIGHT to make aliya, and there are benefits they give to everyone, regarless of age and health. DO NOT let them talk you out of it. you have rights.

  15. Bradley Eliyahu Eggers says:

    Hey, Daniel, come on man, you're a LION, a big vicious LION, don't let them punk you ;-)

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