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    Coronavirus: à Jérusalem, des prières au Mur des Lamentations contre l'épidémie

    news.movim.eu / HuffingtonPost · Monday, 17 February - 11:28 · 1 minute

INTERNATIONAL - Des centaines de personnes ont répondu à l’appel lancé par l’association de la communauté rabbinique et l’organisation OU Israël pour une prière devant le Mur des Lamentations, à Jérusalem, dimanche 16 février afin d’éradiquer l’épidémie du coronavirus , désormais appelée Covid-19 .

La prière a été lancée par le grand rabbin du Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, comme vous pouvez le voir dans la vidéo ci-dessus . “Nous ressentons leur douleur, nous ressentons la détresse des gens qui sont malades, en quarantaine, et qui ont peur”, a-t-il déclaré. “Nous ouvrons de plus en plus nos cœurs pour que Dieu les plaigne et les guérisse complètement”.

Des représentants de l’ambassade de Chine en Israël , ainsi qu’une partie de la communauté chinoise , ont aussi répondu à cet appel.

Près de 1700 morts en Chine

Le coronavirus, épidémie originaire de Wuhan , capitale de la province d’Hubei, en Chine continentale, a provoqué la mort d’au moins 1.774 personnes , selon le dernier bilan transmis par les autorités chinoises à la date du 17 février. Celui-ci fait état de plus de 70.500 cas de contamination, seulement en Chine.

En dehors du territoire chinois, près de 600 cas de contamination par le coronavirus ont été confirmés dans une trentaine de pays, y compris la France où le premier décès en Europe avait été annoncé samedi 15 février. A la date de ce 17 février, aucun cas n’avait été signalé en Israël mais l’Égypte a confirmé un premier cas le 14 février, le premier sur le continent africain.

À voir également sur Le HuffPost: En Chine, la mort du médecin lanceur d’alerte sur le coronavirus provoque la colère des citoyens

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    Emmanuel Macron répond à ceux qui l'accusent de passer en force

    news.movim.eu / HuffingtonPost · Friday, 24 January - 09:01 · 2 minutes

Emmanuel Macron lors de ses vœux aux militaires le 16 janvier. 

POLITIQUE - La violence du climat politique et social l’inquiète. Dans l’avion présidentiel qui le ramenait d’Israël dans la soirée du jeudi 23 au vendredi 24 janvier, Emmanuel Macron a accordé un entretien à trois médias, Le Monde , Le Figaro et Radio J. L’occasion pour le chef de l’État de s’exprimer sur de nombreux sujets, du communautarisme à la mémoire de la guerre de l’Algérie en passant par la laïcité.

Mais alors que la mobilisation contre la réforme des retraites ne faiblit pas, et que des chants évoquant sa décapitation sont entonnés dans les rues de Paris , le président de la République a répondu à ceux qui l’accusent de passer en force et justifient les violences commises en marge des manifestations.

“Aujourd’hui s’est installé dans notre société, et de manière séditieuse, par des discours politiques extraordinairement coupables, l’idée que nous ne serions plus dans une démocratie. Qu’il y a une forme de dictature qui s’est installée”, déplore Emmanuel Macron, rappelant que “la dictature c’est un régime où une personne ou un clan décide des lois (...) où l’on ne change pas les dirigeants, jamais”.

“Cynisme”

Et le locataire de l’Élysée d’insister: “si la France c’est ça, essayez la dictature et vous verrez! La dictature, elle justifie la haine. La dictature, elle justifie la violence pour en sortir. Mais il y a en démocratie un principe fondamental: le respect de l’autre, l’interdiction de la violence, la haine à combattre”. Plus loin, et sans les nommer, Emmanuel Macron s’en prend aux responsables politiques qui s’accommodent de cette situation.

“Tous ceux qui aujourd’hui dans notre démocratie, se taisent sur ce sujet, sont les complices, aujourd’hui et pour demain, de l’affaiblissement de notre démocratie et de notre République”, affirme-t-il, fustigeant le “cynisme” à l’oeuvre chez ceux qui “quelquefois” encouragent la violence.

Le chef de l’État observe par ailleurs que la France n’est pas le seul pays à affronter des périodes de troubles. “Toutes les démocraties occidentales vivent une crise, et c’est une crise qui s’exacerbe devant les grandes peurs contemporaines”, a-t-il estimé, citant parmi ses peurs le changement climatique et la transformation numérique.

À voir également sur Le HuffPost: à la retraite aux flambeaux, des chants évoquent la décapitation de Macron

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    En Iran, une image symbolique lors d'une manifestation contre le régime

    news.movim.eu / HuffingtonPost · Sunday, 12 January - 16:05 · 3 minutes

IRAN - La scène s’est déroulée ce dimanche 12 janvier à Téhéran en Iran. On peut y voir des étudiants d’une université de la capitale refuser de fouler deux drapeaux géants des États-Unis et d’Israël, peints au sol, préférant les contourner pour continuer leur marche, rapporte The Times of Israël .

Ces images, que vous pouvez voir dans la vidéo en tête d’article , ont été partagées sur les réseaux sociaux par des comptes soutenant les manifestations anti-régime qui se multiplient depuis que les autorités ont reconnu leurs responsabilités dans le crash de l’avion ukrainien.

En Iran, piétiner ou brûler les drapeaux de pays ennemis reste une pratique courante. Cela explique pourquoi les rares personnes qui s’aventuraient sur la bannière étoilée ou sur l’étoile de David se faisaient immédiatement huer.

The Times of Israël précise qu’il n’était pas immédiatement clair si le refus apparent de fouler ces drapeaux était un signe de soutien aux nations qu’ils représentent, ou simplement un acte de résistance contre le régime de Téhéran.

Samedi, la police iranienne avait dispersé des rassemblements d’étudiants à Téhéran, à la mémoire des 176 victimes tuées dans la destruction d’un avion de ligne , mercredi, abattu “par erreur” par l’armée .

Trump met en garde l’Iran, mais est prêt à discuter

Ce dimanche, Donald Trump a de nouveau mis en garde l’Iran contre la répression des manifestations. “NE TUEZ PAS VOS MANIFESTANTS”, a-t-il tweeté, au lendemain d’un premier message qui exhortait le régime de Téhéran à ne pas commettre “un autre massacre de manifestants pacifiques”.

“Des milliers de personnes ont déjà été tuées ou emprisonnées par vous, et le monde vous regarde”, a écrit Donald Trump. “Plus important, les États-Unis regardent.”

Le locataire de la Maison Blanche fait référence aux manifestations qui avaient éclaté mi-novembre en Iran après l’annonce d’une forte augmentation du prix de l’essence, faisant plus de 300 morts , selon l’ONG Amnesty International.

La mise en garde du président américain intervient dans un contexte très tendu entre États-Unis et Iran, marqué par une escalade depuis l’élimination par les Américains, le 3 janvier, du puissant général Qassem Soleimani .

Malgré les tensions, le président américain est toujours prêt à discuter avec l’Iran “sans condition préalable”, a déclaré ce dimanche le ministre américain de la Défense Mark Esper.

Les États-Unis sont prêts à évoquer avec la République islamique “une nouvelle voie, une série de mesures qui feraient de l’Iran un pays plus normal”, a expliqué le chef du Pentagone sur la chaîne CBS.

Par ailleurs, des manifestants iraniens ont brûlé ce dimanche après-midi un drapeau britannique devant l’ambassade du Royaume-Uni à Téhéran sur fond de tensions diplomatiques avec Londres après la brève arrestation la veille de l’ambassadeur britannique en Iran, ont constaté des journalistes de l’AFP.

“Mort à la Grande-Bretagne”, “Mort aux États-Unis”, “Mort à Israël” ont scandé un peu moins de 200 manifestants, dont certains ont brûlé un drapeau britannique avec un drapeau israélien.

À voir également sur Le HuffPost : En Iran, des manifestations contre le pouvoir après le tir sur l’avion ukrainien

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    Israel supreme court dismisses 'premature' Netanyahu petition

    news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 2 January - 16:57

Ruling on whether indicted PM can return to role delayed until after March election

The supreme court in Israel has declined to weigh in on whether Benjamin Netanyahu can return to his post as prime minister now that he has been indicted, postponing any ruling on his political future until after March elections.

A three-judge panel said while the question of whether an indicted member of parliament could form a government was important, it would be premature to rule on the issue before the vote.

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    Inculpé pour corruption, Netanyahu a demandé l'immunité au Parlement israélien

    news.movim.eu / HuffingtonPost · Thursday, 2 January - 13:37 · 3 minutes

Le Premier ministre israélien, Benjamin Netanyahu, le mercredi 1er janvier à Jérusalem.

ISRAËL - Les avocats de Benjamin Netanyahu, inculpé pour corruption dans une série d’affaires et en lice pour les législatives de mars, ont déposé ce mercredi 1er janvier une demande d’immunité auprès du président de la Knesset, le Parlement israélien, a déclaré Ofer Golan, le porte-parole de Benjamin Netanyahu.

Plus tôt dans la soirée, Benjamin Netanyahu avait annoncé dans une conférence de presse son intention de faire une demande d’immunité, “conformément à la loi”, afin de continuer à servir le pays.

“Personne n’est au-dessus de la loi”

“Netanyahu sait qu’il est coupable”, a immédiatement réagi Benny Gantz , grand rival du Premier ministre, dans une conférence de presse. Pour l’ancien général à la tête de la formation centriste Kahol Lavan (“Bleu-Blanc”), cette demande d’immunité constitue une tentative évidente d’échapper à la justice.

Le parti centriste Kahol Lavan fera tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour “empêcher l’immunité” de Benjamin Netanyahu, a-t-il déclaré, ajoutant: “en Israël, personne n’est au-dessus de la loi.”

Le 21 novembre, le procureur général Avichaï Mandelblit a annoncé l’inculpation de Benjamin Netanyahu pour “corruption”, “malversations” et “abus de confiance” dans trois affaires différentes, des allégations que le Premier ministre réfute et qualifie de “chasse aux sorcières”. Le procureur Mandelblit lui a donné jusqu’au 2 janvier pour présenter une demande d’immunité dans ces affaires.

Selon la loi israélienne, tout ministre poursuivi pénalement doit démissionner, mais cela ne s’applique pas au Premier ministre. S’il peut rester en fonction, Benjamin Netanyahu ne jouit toutefois d’aucune immunité face à la justice, d’où le fait qu’il souhaite la demander à la Knesset.

“Piège”

Cette demande doit en premier lieu être évaluée par une commission parlementaire. Or, comme le Parlement a été dissous en vue des élections législatives du 2 mars ―les troisièmes en moins d’un an en Israël―, la demande de Benjamin Netanyahu devra attendre l’issue du prochain scrutin avant d’être étudiée.

Au terme des élections anticipées d’avril, puis de septembre, ni Benjamin Netanyahu ni Benny Gantz n’ont réussi à rallier 61 députés, seuil de la majorité parlementaire pour former un gouvernement. Le président Reuven Rivlin a donc dû confier cette tâche au Parlement lui-même, qui n’y est pas parvenu non plus, précipitant le pays vers une prochaine élection.

En décembre, Benjamin Netanyahu avait annoncé quitter ses fonctions de ministre ―de l’Agriculture, de la Diaspora et de la Santé― qu’il cumulait avec la fonction de Premier ministre, tout en restant chef du gouvernement. Il a nommé dimanche l’ultra-orthodoxe Yaakov Litzman au poste de ministre de la Santé.

Mais des juristes ont demandé à la Cour suprême de statuer sur le droit de Benjamin Netanyahu à recevoir du président le mandat de former un gouvernement en dépit des charges qui pèsent contre lui.

Un panel de trois juges de la Cour suprême a commencé mardi à étudier cette question, indiquant que leur décision serait rendue à une date ultérieure, qu’ils n’ont pas précisée.

“Je n’imagine pas un instant que la Cour suprême d’Israël tombe dans ce piège. Dans une démocratie, seul le peuple décide qui peut le diriger et personne d’autre”, a déclaré le Premier ministre mardi sur Twitter.

Malgré ses démêlés avec la justice, M. Netanyahu, 70 ans, a remporté le 26 décembre les primaires à la direction de son parti , le Likoud, avec plus de 72% d’appuis au premier tour de vote.

Et les premiers sondages dans l’optique du scrutin du 2 mars laissent entrevoir un statu quo chez les électeurs israéliens, a priori encore une fois entre le Likoud et Kahol Lavan.

À voir également sur Le HuffPost

Les images de l’évacuation de Benjamin Netanyahu pendant une attaque à la roquette

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    1-800 Contacts buys the at-home eye exam provider 6over6 Vision

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch · Tuesday, 17 December - 12:00 · 1 minute

New developments in sensor technologies, computer vision and machine learning technologies are combining to drive medical diagnostics further into the home and the latest company to make a move to push services deeper into the home is the online contact lens retailer, 1-800 Contacts.

The Utah-based company has acquired 6over6 Vision for an undisclosed amount.

Based in Israel, 6over6 Vision, previously raised $15 million to commercialize its in-home eye exams based on a combination of machine learning and sensors. The basic eye exams can be performed with nothing more than a smartphone or computer and camera.

Investors in 6over6 Vision included: Rimonci Capital, Alumot VC, the Indian online eyeglasses company Lenskart.com, and TriVentures.

Companies including Lenskart, NovaVision, Kede Optics, SmartBuyGlasses, EyeRim, Liingo, Magic Leap, and Glasses USA use the company’s technology to retrieve optical parameters from existing lenses and measuring pupillary distance. The idea is to let consumers renew their prescriptions without needing a follow-up exam or appointment.

“We have long admired the innovations 6over6 Vision has built and have been using their technologies to serve our customers. This acquisition allows us to continue our 25-year commitment to pursuing a better way in vision care,” said John Graham, CEO of 1-800 Contacts, in a statement. “People deserve simple and affordable eye care solutions and combining with 6over6 allows us to deliver this for our customers on an even larger scale.”

The companies expect to offer additional services, like virtual check-ups for new eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions.

“It has been our life’s mission to create ground-breaking technology that would allow consumers the ability to take control of their own vision care and reach communities around the globe without access,” commented Dr. Ofer Limon, co-founder of 6over6 Vision, in a statement. “1-800 Contacts shares our drive to change what is broken in this industry, and we know that this acquisition will bring our vision to life on a global scale that can make real change.”

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    Finding free money for your social impact startup

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch · Monday, 2 December - 21:31 · 11 minutes

Congratulations; you’ve decided to launch a technology-enabled startup with a positive social impact! Nearly every major Silicon Valley venture-capital firm has now invested in a B Corp ; maybe you will be one of them!

The bad news: some venture capitalists have a bias against startups with an explicit positive social impact on the grounds that they have a smaller addressable market, and that the founders are not sufficiently focused on creating shareholder wealth. And of course, effectively all venture capitalists are going to require some equity for their investment.

Fortunately, there are a wide range of organizations that specifically want to support you, not just the VC community. I’m now researching non-dilutive funding for Action Tank , a startup I’m gestating to “Make America Functional Again.” I worked with outsourced research firm Wonder * to identify all of the institutions we could who support tech impact startups with cash and community, and in many cases without dilution.  I emphasize my focus here is organizations which are backing for-profit companies and do not take equity. If you think I’ve missed any, please contact me .

I suggest start by looking at the many programs offered by the Fortune 500’s startup networks . In addition, there are many other groups will give you cash, training, and community with few or no strings attached:

Ashoka is a foundation that engages in scouring for and choosing the leading social entrepreneurs across the globe, who it refers to as Ashoka Fellows.

Aspen Tech Policy Hub . “Our program mixes the best of both Washington and Silicon Valley, bringing together stakeholders in policy and technology to train the next generation of policy entrepreneurs. The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs. We take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-residence fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas.

Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship . Since 2011, the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship has supported the work of 36 innovators—representing the United States as well as 18 other countries on five continents—who address pressing global issues, from healthcare delivery to college persistence and sustainable construction in developing nations.  From the beginning, the BHSI Fellowship has created meaningful, customized experiences for Fellows with connections to influential business and civic leaders, exposure to a broad audience as a speaker at Chicago Ideas, and over $3 million in financial support and in-kind contributions.”

The Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund for Entrepreneurial Studies . “The Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund for Entrepreneurial Studies supports entrepreneurs attempting to build something that advances business and society in revolutionary ways. “

Columbia Business School Tamer Fund for Social Ventures . Requires Columbia affiliation.

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation identifies entrepreneurs that display characteristics of “exceptional social leadership through discretion, influence, vision, ambition, intelligence, and follow-through.”

DV Hacks , led by BCG Digital Ventures: “A 48-hour hackathon to improve how we live, work, collaborate, and learn.”

Echoing Green is a foundation that distinguishes transformational leaders via its fellowships. Their foci include addressing environmental sustainability, racial and gender equity, economic development concerns, etc.

Future Labs Flash Pitch . “For pre-seed and seed companies based in the U.S. and Israel with a focus on AI for social impact,”

Google AI for Social Good. “Our 20 selected organizations will receive coaching from Google’s AI experts, Google.org grant funding from a $25 million pool, and credits and consulting from Google Cloud. They will also be offered the opportunity to join a customized 6-month Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator program, including guidance from our nonprofit partner, DataKind, to jumpstart their work. We looked for projects across a range of social impact domains and levels of technical expertise, from organizations that are experienced in AI to those with an idea for how they could put their data to better use. “

Google for Startups Accelerator . “Geared toward social impact startups working to create a healthier and more sustainable future, the accelerator provides access to training, products and technical support. Startup founders will work with Google engineers and receive mentoring from over 20 teams at Google, as well as outside experts and local mentors.

J.M.Kaplan Innovation Prize . “The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks out innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is open to nonprofit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. In 2019, we will award up to ten prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000.

Kairos Fellows . “The Kairos Fellowship is designed to build the next generation of leaders in the field of technology, analytics, digital campaigning, and online organizing.”

MIT Solve initiative . “MIT Solve advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems. Solve is a marketplace for social impact: we find tech entrepreneurs from around the world and broker partnerships across our community to scale their innovative work — driving lasting, transformational change.”

Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellowship . “The course brings Fellows and faculty together for an intensive week to work on design for maximum impact and scalability. Held in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California, the course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them.”

Bloomberg New Economy Forum Solutions . “Mike Bloomberg announces an open call for solutions to global challenges facing the new economy. Entrepreneurs, academics, founders, and big thinkers are invited to submit their solutions to societal problems that need momentum, support, and adoption from the private sector.”

Notley Ventures . Notley is a catalyst for social innovation unlocking opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities.  Our mission is to scale and support businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and programs making positive change in the world.”

Recurse Center. “The Recurse Center is a self-directed, community-driven educational retreat for people who want to get better at programming.”

Skoll Foundation . “The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.”

Summit Fellows . “Through a series of invitation-only events, Summit fosters a global community of entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, artists, astronauts, authors, chefs, engineers, explorers, philanthropists, spiritual leaders, scientists, and beyond.”

Thiel Fellowship . “Founded by technology entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel in 2011, the Thiel Fellowship is a two-year program for young people [under 22] who want to build new things. Thiel Fellows skip or stop out of college to receive a $100,000 grant and support from the Thiel Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists.”

Pioneer.app . Get funding and guidance for your project.  Pioneer is a weekly contest for creative people around the world making their ideas become real.  Winners get $7000, a round-trip ticket to Silicon Valley, access to world-class mentorship, and more.”

Roddenberry Foundation Catalyst Fund . “The Catalyst Fund awards small grants for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address serious global challenges.“

SEIF Awards Tech for Impact . The SEIF Awards target European impact entrepreneurs who develop or make innovative use of technologies to tackle social and/or environmental challenges and contribute to the UN SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]. Each Award grants the winners CHF 10’000. Together with our partners UBS and PwC we provide finalists a unique opportunity to increase their international awareness, gain reputation and present themselves to a top-class jury.

Three dot dash . “Powers the most influential social entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 -19, who have found a solution or innovation to address a basic human need.”

YC120 (part of Y Combinator). “We’d like to find more curious, creative people who are doing exciting work in emerging fields and give them an opportunity to start building their network. “

VentureCrush FG . Pando Daily wrote : “VentureCrushFG takes no equity, there is no co-working space, and no demo day. The application process is not advertised. Most applicants come from referrals.” “VentureCrushFG[‘s]…stellar reputation among founders and investors is due, in part, to the success of its most high-flying companies.” “If anything, it’s more of a community than an accelerator, a way to keep a strong network of alumni, mentors and investors connected. Between one and two hundred techies are part of the group, including founders, execs, 40 to 50 VCs and a few dozen angel investors.””

We Company Creator Awards . “This global competition is open to entrepreneurs, performers, startups, and nonprofits-anyone who embodies our mantra, Create Your Life’s Work.”

World Summit Awards for Young Innovators . “WSA Young Innovators is a special recognition for young social entrepreneurs under 30 years of age, using ICTs to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Together with the WSA winners of each year, they are honored as outstanding digital innovation with social impact.”

You may also want to look at product-based crowdfunding, e.g., Indiegogo *. Other traditional options for non-dilutive financing include grants, loans, SBIR, STTR, vouchers and tax credits, include:

You’re eligible for the many accelerators, as well as specifically the impact accelerators. See Conveners Impact Accelerator Selection Tool . Some specific accelerators:

There are many VCs who have a stated focus on social impact; for full lists see Impact Capital Managers and InvestorFlow . Oliver Libby, Managing Partner, H/L Ventures , notes, “it is important to remember that impact funders occupy the same spectrum of returns as regular investors.  From 100% loss capital (e.g. a grant) to shooting for massive returns (some impact VCs), an entrepreneur can unlock everything in between, including first-loss capital, impact bonds, patient capital from program-related investments and families, and more.  The market is also coming to understand that high impact can sometimes come with high returns too.”

Rachel Butler, President, Cavendish Impact Foundation (where I’m an advisor), mentioned fiscal sponsorship as an option. “It’s an arrangement where an entity in need of funding (and it can be a for-profit, social enterprise) teams up with a 501(c)(3) that has an aligned mission, and money can be raised through the 501(c)(3) and used to support a specific project being done by the social enterprise.

So, for example, if the 501(c)(3) has in its mission to support improving education, and a for-profit social enterprise is developing an app to help improve access to better education for people in underserved communities, the 501(c)(3) could support that specific project. The 501(c)(3) does have to maintain discretion about how they use the funds (as a safeguard to just having it be an arrangement for funneling philanthropic funds), and there are some other stipulations, but otherwise it’s pretty straightforward.  The ‘Project’ can actually do the fundraising, as an agent of the 501(c)(3), and have the money directed to the 501(c)(3). The project is usually something that has a fairly short timeframe with measurable milestones that indicate progress. The 501(c)(3) also takes an administrative fee for their role in the collaboration.“

Bill Warren, CEO of Peeps Democracy , Inc., wrote, “another type of funding source for a social impact entrepreneur to think about is startup challenges/competitions at her/his alma mater. For example, Duke sponsors a $10,000 annual prize for students, faculty, or alumni working on a startup in the clean energy space. These prizes can be a great source of non-dilutive funding for early-stage ventures and also offer free exposure to academic thought-leaders and other alumni, who might support your startup via mentorship or investment. “

Emily Rasmussen, founder & CEO of Grapevine.org , suggests turning philanthropic donations into for-profit investments using Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), which are like Health Savings Accounts for charitable giving. You make a tax deductible donation into a DAF account, get an immediate tax deduction, and then donate your funds out to charities over time. In the meantime, your funds are invested to help grow your fund, just like an endowment. With some 501(c)(3) DAF sponsors (e.g Impact Assets), after making  a tax-deductible donation into their DAF account, donors can then advise the sponsor to invest their charitable assets into a specific social enterprise deal. These deals are sourced by the donor investor and any future returns go back into the DAF account and are available for future impact investments or charitable donations.

Lastly, I suggest reviewing these links on fundraising:

* I’m an investor in this company.

Thanks to Emily Campbell, Esq., of The Campbell Firm PLLC for helpful input; she has advised me on some legal matters in the past.

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    Top Israeli VC talks cybersecurity, diversity and ‘no go’ investments

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch · Monday, 2 December - 17:18 · 3 minutes

It’s no secret that Israel is second only to the U.S. for its leading cybersecurity acumen, talent, startups and successful exits.

Israel is a powerhouse in both offensive and defensive cyber operations, with cybersecurity giants CyberArk, Check Point, Radware, and Illusive Networks all founded in the country in recent years. For more than two decades behind the scenes and powering some of the country’s largest cybersecurity startups was Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), a major venture capital firm in the region with more than $1.4 billion raised to date.

Now, the firm is pushing further into the early stage cybersecurity space. With a $220 million fund dedicated to early stage and pre-seed companies, the venture capital firm has expanded to New York.

Erel Margalit, JVP’s founder and executive chairman, spoke to Extra Crunch about why New York is a prime location for early-stage cybersecurity startups and how Israel became an incubator for some of the world’s biggest cybersecurity companies.

We also discussed why diversity is critical to his firm, how he separates fact from fiction in the security world, ethical investing, and which kinds of companies he would never invest in.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

TechCrunch: Tell me a little about your firm and your current work on early-stage investments.

Erel Margalit: I established JVP 25 years ago. A lot of what we were doing in the beginning was taking defense-related technologies, like wireless and fiber optics and large data systems, and transforming them through the communications world into the commercial world. Now we have 14 companies — some of which have been very successful. We’re now at a different stage where we’ve partnered with New York City to create the biggest hub in the city for the next generation of companies — the sorts that are scaling up with solutions that are not necessarily the big solution today,

Israel as a cybersecurity powerhouse

You’ve seen three or four really successful exits in the last few years from former startups you’ve helped to build out. What does the formula look like that results in these successful exits?

One of the things that we’re trying to do with second-generation entrepreneurs is we’re saying, instead of building a company to be sold for $250 million, why don’t we build a sales organization that would reach $250 million in a few years and instead build a very significant robust sales and marketing organization?

Israel has big ideas, but we’re small country. That’s why North America — especially the U.S. — is a key first go-to market. But it’s not always easy to get it right when you’re trying to get into the U.S. and scale in a big way. However, if you are successful, a lot of Israeli companies are also able to sell into European countries and Asian countries. And so what you get is what I call a “mini-multinational,” which is a small organization that’s able to get its first customers in a bunch of places around the world. So — go forward, and then build a sales and marketing organization that is just as strong as your research and your development organization.

Israel has a conscripted military — one that invests heavily in both cybersecurity and offensive cyber capabilities. That’s one way Israel got a considerable amount of cyber talent in one place. But what else contributes to Israel’s ability to create so many strong cybersecurity startups?

Israel needs to be as strong as the seven countries around it. And the only way to do it was through technology. Cybersecurity today is one of the main means of technologically understanding what’s going on. There are state-backed cyberattacks happening all the time — they’re attacking utilities, they’re attacking the banks, but what’s going on now is they’re also attacking democracy and the individual’s rights for something that’s becoming a national issue. The British didn’t have a fair election on Brexit. The same thing happened in the United States.

I think that a lot of us understand that from just protecting large organizations and countries. Now we’re moving to protecting individual democracies and our free way of living. Everything is online. Everything now is penetrable. And if you don’t have the next-generation of strategies, you’re not going to not going to be able to continue to operate.

On the New York hub

The cybersecurity hub in New York clearly means a lot to you. Why did you choose to build a hub in New York and not somewhere else in North America?