What can Social Businesses Teach the Business World? IVN’s Jackie Goren on “Sogrim Cheshbon”

What can Social Businesses Teach the Business World? IVN’s Jackie Goren on “Sogrim Cheshbon”

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in News |  

One of the developing areas in the business world is that of social businesses. More and more businesses are declaring that they exist not only to turn a profit, but also to reduce the inequality and contribute positively to the social landscape. Jackie Goren, IVN’s Social Businesses Investment Director and Managing Director of the Global […]

Benny Levin and Itzik Danziger Talk about Business in the Philanthropic World

Benny Levin and Itzik Danziger Talk about Business in the Philanthropic World

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in News |  

IVN Vice Chairman Benny Levin and IVN Investment Committee Chairman Itzik Danziger were recently interviewed by Ben Kaspit and Gal Gabai on Channel One’s “Osim Seder” (meaning: making order) program. Benny and Itzik spoke about Israel’s emerging social business arena and about how IVN, as an impact investment organization, creates sustainable social change in Israel […]

IVN’s Benny Levin, Itzik Danziger and Shuki Ehrlich in an Interview with Globes

IVN’s Benny Levin, Itzik Danziger and Shuki Ehrlich in an Interview with Globes

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in News |  

Israel Venture Network’s Benny Levin, Itzik Danziger and Shuki Ehrlich talk about their journey in an interview with Globes’ Shlomit Len. What is the connection between hi-tech magnates Benny Levin (NICE), Itzik Danziger (Comverse) and Shuki Ehrlich (Amdocs) and the small Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa, a Rabbi from Bnei Brak and a Bedouin entrepreneur […]

Operation Yonatan: A Personal Story of a Social Business (Yediot Aharonot)

Operation Yonatan: A Personal Story of a Social Business (Yediot Aharonot)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in News |  

Danny Kogan established the project “Ecology for the Sheltered Community” (Ecommunity) for personal reasons. As a result of the birth of his youngest son Jonathan, who was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, Danny set up an electronic waste recycling plant, which employs people with special needs. What started as one man in a jeep collecting used electronic […]

On Creating Social Businesses – Lecture by Michal Simler at the IDC Herzeliya

On Creating Social Businesses – Lecture by Michal Simler at the IDC Herzeliya

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in News |  

How did the business sector come about? What is social business? How do you nurture a social business? Michal Simler, CEO of IVN, discussed these questions and more at the opening session of the IDC Herzeliya’s course ‘Management in a Changing Reality’. Some 200 students and 30 IDC lecturers and staff, representatives from the Weizmann […]

Finding New Money to Fight Poverty in Israel

Finding New Money to Fight Poverty in Israel

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in News |  

In July 2014, TheMarker, Israel’s daily economic newspaper published an article written by IVN’s Jackie Goren. The following is a translation of the article. To read the original in Hebrew, click here. Recently the Allalouf Committee Report was published, according to which Israel currently has one of the highest rates of poverty among the OECD […]

IVN and the JCFSF: 4 New Social Businesses Selected

IVN and the JCFSF: 4 New Social Businesses Selected

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in News |  

IVN and the JCFSF are Proud to Announce the Selection of 4 New Social Businesses. Launched in January 2013, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco (JCFSF) and IVN embarked on an innovative program to revolutionize its grant making efforts and promote leadership development. The program is aimed at attracting a new generation of Jewish […]

IVN and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot Partnership

IVN and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot Partnership

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in News |  

IVN and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot embarked on a joint Call for Candidates to identify and select seed-stage social businesses. The goal of this partnership is two-fold: (i) to develop and grow these enterprises and (ii) to develop a pipeline of promising social businesses that will feed into IVN’s flagship program: the Social Venture Program, a development […]

The Government of Israel Encouraging Social Business

The Government of Israel Encouraging Social Business

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in News |  

After months of hard work together with government representatives, as part of the tri-sectorial roundtable of the Prime Minister of Israel, IVN is happy to announce that a plan by the Ministry of Economy was published, which encourages social businesses that employ disadvantaged populations. This three-year experimental program shall help these social businesses sustain themselves. […]

IVN is Investing NIS 3 Million in Five New Social Businesses

IVN is Investing NIS 3 Million in Five New Social Businesses

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in News |  

IVN is proud to announce the selection of five new social businesses to its portfolio. Over the course of the coming 3-4 years, IVN will invest NIS 3 million in the following ventures: Ravtech – integrating ultra-Orthodox into the workforce; Duroos Learning Center – helping prepare Arab teenagers for higher education; Mach Design – developing […]