By Lena Bronshtein
The Boston-Haifa Connection’s Young Leadership in Haifa has started an exciting new club called Yazamim B’Jeans, or Entrepreneurs in Jeans in English, to encourage the establishment of new businesses in Haifa by young adults.
For young entrepreneurs in Israel, there aren’t currently any places to turn to for advice or to talk with people who are going through the same things and could give a new point of view on things. The networking clubs that do exist are geared towards people who work at more established businesses.
Given the situation, we decided to create a new group where people with that burning entrepreneurial spirit can enrich, strengthen and promote the aspirations and actions of their fellow group members. It’s aimed at young adults, as well as university students in the Haifa area who are at different points on their path towards starting their own company, and it’s informal (that’s where the jeans come in)
Our first event last week was very successful, and we had over 50 young entrepreneurs show up. I had the opportunity to meet many interesting people, including Moti Radomski, who gave a fantastic talk about his path to success. Moti is the founder of YaData, a startup company that was bought by Microsoft. Moti was able to give me some input on a variety of projects I want to promote, and I finally got some confirmation that I have the right business instincts and that I should not give up my pursuits in this field.
This is just our beginning, and with each meeting, we can learn new things and enrich one another, while also meeting people who can help and advise with our careers. Entrepreneurship is dynamic, so you can’t ever just stand still, you always need to look for ways to move forward. Entrepreneurs in Jeans is our first shot.
Lena Bronshtein is a member of Entrepreneurs in Jeans and sits on the Boston-Haifa Connection Young Leadership Committee in Haifa. Entrepreneurs in Jeans is chaired by Einat Feldman.