• Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

  • Fuad Abu Hamed Social Entrepreneurship Award presentation

“The Asper Centre is intended to be the focal point of entrepreneurship. The activities of the Business School will include research, undergraduate and post graduate MBA teaching, and outreach programs for the benefit of Israel, economy in general and the economy and development of Jerusalem in particular.”

Jonathan KornbluthFormer Dean of the School of Business, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Asper Center for Entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Through a donation of $5 million from The Asper Foundation, the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established in 2001. The centre enhances the academic program of the School of Business at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is modelled on the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Manitoba.

The Asper Center for Entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is committed to creating an environment in which students can develop their business acumen and entrepreneurial talent to become visionaries of the future. It fosters an atmosphere that promotes research and development, creativity and evolution of new products and services. The center’s activities include the development of academic courses in entrepreneurship, start-up commerce and new venture capital in the Faculty of Business as well as joint programs with other faculties. The centre supports and offers scholarships, internet courses, a summer camp program, research projects in entrepreneurship, outreach programs to start-up companies in Israel and community programs for special segments such as youth and women. The Asper Center for Entrepreneurship acts as a catalyst in the establishment of new ventures based on ideas developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and helps with the commercial realization of basic research. Its very existence acts as a lodestone to attract new academic entrepreneurial talent to the Hebrew University and paves the way for a strong connection between the Center and major high-tech ventures in Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem Biz Camp

In 2007, the East Jerusalem Biz Camp was established. It is a collaboration between the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship , the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, an anonymous Canadian foundation, and the Al-Quds Dialogue Center, a non-political organization in East Jerusalem. The Al-Quds Dialogue Center works closely with the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship to ensure that the program is connected with and assists young, Arab participants.

The goal of the Biz Camp is to enable Arab youth in East Jerusalem to:

  • Acquire life competencies in the areas of entrepreneurship and business;
  • Develop personal skills and capacities, such as self-empowerment, leadership, planning and the ability to follow-through; and
  • Receive an opportunity for a new start, while obtaining the tools required to establish independent businesses they envisage.

Participants learn how to create a business plan to establish an independent business. By the end of the program, the goal is for each participant to try to start an independent business in the community where they grew up. The program opens a genuine opportunity for participating youth to experience real success through acquiring life competencies in the areas of entrepreneurship and business and the building of a business plan following their own initiative.

The first series constituted a pilot executed in the Sur Baher village in East Jerusalem and targeted around 15-20 girls around the age of 16. In addition to the four small businesses that were created as a result of the project, it had an important impact in opening the local society to acceptance of the concept of woman’s economic empowerment.

The second series included 16 selected 17 year old girls, out of which 11 successfully graduated, including the development of a feasible business plan, as required by the curriculum.

The third series operated in a new location, Beit Hanina and also included 16 selected attendants of age 35 – 40 years old, 14 women and two men. This is the age where the course has the most effective since they can, given the social legal and economic context, start implementing their business plans immediately following graduation. The methodology of the course was extended to a post-graduation phase during which the qualified graduates receive further coaching in legal, accounting and procedural aspects of setting up their businesses.

The fourth series operated in the new community center in Jerusalem’s Old City in the same format as the third series (16 women aged 24-32).

Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship Program

To build on the success of the East Jerusalem Biz Camp, in 2011 the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Foundation in Canada in collaboration with the Al-Quds Dialogue Center launched a three-year Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship Program. It is aimed at helping Arab women from East Jerusalem to increase their independence through entrepreneurship and vocational training as well as workshops on personal empowerment.

Contact: Dr. Micki Eisenman, Executive Director
Asper Center for Entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
E-mail: micki.eisenman@mail.huji.ac.il

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