JFE (Jews For Entrepreneurship organization) is the leading and only organization that supports Jewish innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide.
We launched in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in November 2009 to be a platform for young professionals looking to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship from industry experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and investors. Since then, we brought the Silicon Valley spirit of entrepreneurship to New York City, Boston, Boulder, Los Angeles, London, and Israel. Since our launch in 2009, we have hosted over 100 events, including pitch events, seminars, speaker panels, startup accelerators, pitches for series A companies, career fairs, and networking mixers. Our extended network and community brings together over 20k people around the world to be a part of JFE Network.
Jenny and Michal mentored and accelerated numerous successful companies.
Startup work included running 8 startup accelerator programs, building mentor programs and technical sessions, organizing large scale pitch events, and advising and mentoring U.S. and International startups across all aspects of business development and fundraising. Furthermore, the founders engaged a 100+ mentor network of sales/growth/business development experts and their experience scaling startups is a big differentiator.
Among the companies that participated in acceleration programs, seminars, and pitch events are HomeRoots, Virool, Snappy, Getgoing, Wiser, Tradle, Cater2me, Signifyd, Sense.ly, Pantry (acquired ByteFoods), SalesPredict (acquired by SalesForce), Blazemeter (acquired by CA Technologies), WebDAM (acquired by Shutterstock), CloudEndure (acquired by Amazon) among others.
JFE’s networking mixers have brought the tech and professional community together. Numerous introductions and hiring opportunities were created. New startup ideas and collaborations came to light at these events, such as the tech news publication HackerNoon, whose founders attended and met at a JFE mixer in 2016.
JFE events and programs engaged some of the biggest names in the tech world such as Jan Koum (WhatsApp), Dylan Smith (Box), Bram Cohen (BitTorrent), Jeff Pulver (Vonage), Michael Rubenstein (AppNexus), Barry Appleman (AOL), and many others. JFE has worked with most notable VCs and Angels included Greylock, Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, NEA, Softbank, DFJ, New York Angels, and many others.
Our mission is to create a thriving ecosystem of innovation; bridge generations of Jewish/Israeli founders, investors, and technologists; to be the launchpad to success for high potential startups; recognize extraordinary achievements in technology and innovation by the Jewish people. Our goal is to create a thriving community of entrepreneurs and young professionals who would support each other; to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs about philanthropy in the Jewish community; to inspire entrepreneurs by learning from seasoned, successful founders and technologists; to bring together Jewish founders from the US and all over the world to help them build their vision.
Over the past 9 years, JFE Organization hosted entrepreneur training workshops, pitch demo events with the participation of leading investors and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
In February 2013, JFE launched its first accelerator program, the 2 month JFE Accelerator. In Fall 2013, the program expanded to NYC and 7 cohorts were completed, with the 7th (Summer 15 SF) lasting for 3 months in San Francisco.
In 2015, JFE launched the Series A Pitch event for Israeli startups looking to raise post-seed funding. The event was hosted in NYC and San Francisco with a partnership with the Israel Economic Mission.
To date, JFE Organization hosted more than 100 events with 150 startups participating in JFE programs.