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#40 of 100- Start-up Nation Mentorship

#40 of #100israelistartups is Start-up Nation Mentorship


Not technically an Israeli start-up, but certainly part of the Israeli start-up ecosystem nonetheless.


Startup Nation Mentorship Program is a global venture that aims to promote collaboration with Israel on college campuses internationally by building positive, lasting connections between current non-Jewish college student leaders and Israeli mentors. They are currently operating on 20 college campuses on six continents, including Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Yale and Stanford Universities in the US, Oxford University in the UK and universities in Canada, Australia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chile and South Africa.


Launched in 2018 by Adam Shapiro at Cornell University in conjunction with the World Jewish Congress and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Start-Up Nation Mentorship has grown to college campuses internationally, pairing student leaders of exceptional promise with top Israeli industry and government heads. The program enables students who would otherwise not engage with the incredible opportunities Israel has to offer to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with Israelis who are in the center of the dynamic global economy.

Within the current group of over 200 mentors, there are investment bankers, venture capitalists, management consultants, tech executives, entrepreneurs and government officials. The students are then assigned to mentors who most closely match their own areas of interest and study.


Ben Spilg, CEO, explained the strength of the mentorship program:


"A common thread runs through the stories of individuals who have succeeded in building flourishing enterprises: the importance of mentorship. By having a seasoned mentor that can draw on their own personal background as well as the life experiences of those around them, an aspiring student can begin to orient their actions toward goals that will help them thrive. Whether it is how to take the first step into a particular industry as a fresh graduate, or who to contact when considering an expansion into Israel as a business executive, the relationships that students begin to cultivate through Start-Up Nation Mentorship will serve them for years to come."


For mentors who wish to apply, click here.

For students who wish to apply, click here.



2Scots is delighted to have nominated a number of mentors and wish everyone associated with the program the best of luck for the future.


(Darren writes - "For full disclosure - and because I'm just a little proud - Ben Spilg is my young cousin, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who moved to Canada with his family aged around 14. He's currently studying strategic management and business analytics at McGill University in Montreal which he combines with his role at Start-up Nation Mentorship along with various other interesting and exciting projects.)

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