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IDEAS Immersion Program to Host Six Startups from TAU in Chicago
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:20:00 PM

Acceleration program partners with Chicago's 1871 Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship to help budding entrepreneurs incubate startups

Logo: IDEASIDEAS Immersion will bring six early stage startups from Tel Aviv University to Chicago for a new two-week intensive acceleration program, hosted by 1871, Chicago's Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. The opportunity-filled platform, which kicks off September 5, is designed to engage and encourage an elite new generation of innovators from Israel and is part of TAU's growing ecosystem of programming and support for its entrepreneurs.

More information about the event can be found here.

IDEAS (Israel, Digital, Entrepreneurs, Arts, and Science) Immersion partners with North American-based tech/entertainment/science business leaders, angel investors, and venture capitalists to serve as mentors to the participants, providing them with the tools and networks to succeed, while serving as a launch pad for their new business ventures. The students are alumni of the Coller School of Management MBA program at Tel Aviv University.

Six companies were selected to participate:

  • PANCHO: A mobile app that connects tourists with emergency services in any location. Represented by Moran Sverdlov and Daniel Yom Tov.
  • Vet My Hood: A mobile platform that connects users to on-demand veterinarian services. Represented by Eyal Zukovsky.
  • TFRESH: An on-the-go toothbrush/breath freshener. Represented by Hila Afriat Lauterbach.
  • PRforALL: Software that enables targeted queries for media personalities. Represented by Mor Aviram and Tamar Shlimak.
  • KINDR: A daycare finding platform for parents. Represented by Aviv Lazar.
  • Castor: A three-dimensional button that creates gaming characters, merchandise, and do-it-yourself items. Represented by Omer Blaier.

"IDEAS Immersion is a unique experience that will help prepare these outstanding entrepreneurs to become the future leaders of the digital technology world," said David Dorfman, Founder of IDEAS Immersion and Vice President of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University Western Region. "The program is designed to enable our participants to work collaboratively and learn from some of the most respected thought-leaders in the industry. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this program to Chicago following its great success for the past two years in California, and look forward to working with the startups and our corporate sponsors to help further fuel the digital technology industry in Israel."

Uri Bar, a 2016 IDEAS Immersion Los Angeles participant, and his company Easy2Hike were recently awarded $100,000 as part of a start-up competition at TAU.

The University has played a key role in Israel's rise as a world leader in research and as a tech hotbed. Approximately fifty percent of all Israeli entrepreneurs are alumni of TAU and the university is ranked eighth globally for graduates raising US venture capital — more than $1 billion in five years.

With this in mind, TAU created TAU Ventures, a new early stage venture fund focusing on early stage ideas from students, alumni, and the wider Tel Aviv ecosystem. With its first close expected in September 2017, TAU Ventures will be able to invest in this year's participating IDEAS Immersion startups.

The first-time Chicago program, developed in partnership with 1871, includes a series of in-depth workshops, educational panels, community events, and on-site visits to major Chicago corporations, culminating in a community-wide Showcase.

The entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to present their ideas at a showcase event and receive feedback from the community, including leaders from the tech industry, 1871 members, and TAU alumni. The showcase will be held on Friday, September 15, at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Advance registration is required. To attend, please contact Nadine Cohen at or 773.562.5474.

IDEAS Immersion partners with dozens of corporations, community organizations, and influencers in the technology, media, entertainment, lifestyle, and health industries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago to present the multi-week program. The California program was held this June in partnership with Google and Cross Campus.

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