Just weeks ago, members of the LAVAN community gathered in New York and San Francisco for two unique evenings bringing together Jewish values and the power of business to repair our planet. Following presentations by four outstanding entrepreneurs, members of the LAVAN community are now making impact investments in three Israeli startups tackling global social challenges! 

Our New York event, held on May 16th at the beautiful WeWork Ballroom overlooking Braynt Park, brought together over 50 investors and leaders in the impact investing space, including representatives from Investors' Circle, Acumen, Presentense, UJA Federation, and more. Two days later, we held our San Francisco pitch at the offices of Cushman & Wakefield in downtown San Francisco, with over 30 savvy tech professionals, investors, and young professionals. 

Benjamin Pinkhasik, Chief Operating Officer for Equity Asset Management Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a member of LAVAN's New York community, said that "the event provided great exposure to well deserving up-and-coming companies built on Jewish values. I am excited to be part of the impact investment movement and the work that LAVAN is doing to bring it to the forefront. I am already looking forward to the fall event!"

Highlights from our New York event

Our Spring 2016 Pitch Events set the cornerstone for the creation of a global community that sees social entrepreneurship and impact investing as meaningful expressions of Jewish identity. Investing with Jewish values means supporting entrepreneurs that are providing a safety net for patients with chronic illnesses, teaching kids of all backgrounds important tech skills, finding cures to rare diseases, and rehabilitating victims of brain dysfunction.

We thank everyone who joined us at the events and in our journey to build the LAVAN community. A special thank-you to our amazing entrepreneurs: Yishai Knobel of HelpAround, Jonathan Schor of CodeMonkey, Dr. Son Preminger of Intendu, and Guy Seemann and Yuval Tabach of Rethink Pharmaceuticals.

LAVAN will be holding pitch events and educational workshops regularly. To learn more about joining the LAVAN community, please visit our website or contact Avi Deutsch.