Seed 613 (formerly PresenTense)
Fostering social change by igniting community entrepreneurs
We are proud to announce Seed613, the relaunch of our social entrepreneurial initiative designed to meet the needs of our community moving forward. Like Honi, the elderly gentlemen who planted saplings for the benefit of the future, we will nurture the seeds of inspiration and innovation that will benefit the community for years to come.
Rooted in tradition, the Seed613 name purposefully leverages several strong Jewish images. First, the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah which corresponds to the 613 seeds of the pomegranate, a symbol of righteousness, fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. And finally, in a purely entrepreneurial sense, Seed is a critical source of funding made to early-stage ventures.
As a result, Seed613 represents our intent to focus on social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a lasting and positive effect on our community.
As we transition from PresenTense to Seed613, we’ll continue to work with a committed team of experts and professionals from throughout the community to develop next steps in building a sustainable and vibrant fellowship.
The Center for Jewish Genetics in collaboration with Hillels of Illinois presents The Business of Genetics, an interactive discussion on the globalization of research and development for rare diseases, Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Gleacher Center, the downtown campus of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to interact with corporate leaders from Pfizer, who will touch on the scientific, business and medical aspects of the development and marketing of Elelyso (a new treatment for Gaucher disease) in collaboration with their Israeli biotechnology partner, Protalix. The event includes a networking reception with refreshments following the program.
For more information, contact KarenLitwack@juf.org. There is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited.
Apply to be a part of Upstart Chicago! The UpStart Accelerator partners with innovative organizations to help transform vision and passion into successful, scaleable Jewish social ventures. Upstart is looking for the next cohort of bold entrepreneurs who are redesigning the experience and expression of Jewish life. These organizations will receive three years of the training, network-building, and funding they need to succeed.