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Hackaveret: Israel's Center for Social Innovation

Israel Needs Creative Responses to its Most Urgent Socioeconomic Challenges

The State of Israel faces complex social challenges that demand groundbreaking thinking and creativity.

 

At Hackaveret ("beehive" in Hebrew), Israel's Center for Social Innovation, we believe in open innovation – the idea that the best solutions to the country’s social problems can spring from anyone and anywhere – from social entrepreneurs to members of communities at risk who are working to find solutions for the challenges their communities face.

 

That's why we nurture, strengthen, and expand these innovative ideas and social ventures, to ensure that they can make maximum impact and improve the well-being of at-risk populations. We do this by:

1.      Fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and commitment to solving social problems.

2.      Creating an interactive network of social entrepreneurs, experts, government ministry representatives, businesspeople and social organizations working to upgrade responses to at-risk populations.

3.      Promoting social impact ventures by providing training, financial support and tools for measurement and evaluation.

Since its launch five years ago, in partnership between JDC and the National Insurance Institute, Hackaveret has helped accelerate 66 ventures through training and mentoring, built a community of nearly 3,000 participants through events and meet-ups that expose them to social action issues, innovative ideas and practical information, and provided $1.8 million in grants.

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Addressing Priority Social Action Areas

Hackaveret is now creating professional tracks for advancing innovations in five priority areas: people with disabilities, the elderly, social mobility and children and youth at risk, employment, and vulnerable populations. To foster the development of social service solutions in these fields, we:

  • Provide professional training to equip community members with knowledge and tools for innovation and social entrepreneurship

  • Organize professional meetups to bring community members together to discuss strategic issues and learn from professionals in the field.

  • Build communities that encourage cooperation among entrepreneurs, members of our target populations, professionals, mentors, and representatives of government bodies, NGOs and local municipalities.

  • Accelerate social ventures, guided by Hackaveret mentors.

  • Provide grants for select ventures to pilot projects and prove feasibility and potential.

  • Organize challenges that invite entrepreneurs to devise and submit solutions for specific challenges.

  • Foster knowledge development and sharing through Hackaveret’s website and social media tools.

  • Disseminate innovative thinking within large organizations for the purpose of social impact.

Our Team

Zohar Sharon

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Barak Matzoba

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Ayala Davidowitz

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development

Ayala, our Director of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development, acts as a liaison to major federations, foundations, and individual donors who seek to build strong, collaborative connections to Hackaveret. After years in the field of educational and social leadership, Ayala joined our ranks to fulfill her vision to develop social innovation and entrepreneurship in order to improve the lives of under-privileged populations throughout Israel and the world. 

Pola Barkan

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

Talya Danino

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

Avital Elfant Filler

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

Inbal Flier

Barak, our Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing, is a digital education expert. He has years of experience in informal education and digital marketing for large NGOs. Before joining Hackeveret, Barak developed a financial education platform that was adopted by the Ministry of Education and is currently operating in schools throughout Israel. 

Director of Knowledge Development and Marketing

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