First Israel-Atlanta Women’s Accelerator Announces Participants
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First Israel-Atlanta Women’s Accelerator Announces Participants

Eleven stand-out female innovators plan to meet mentors and strengthen their ideas.

Galia Sabbag, innovator, was recognized for Shira Books.
Galia Sabbag, innovator, was recognized for Shira Books.

Hub Central and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta announced the 11 participants in the city’s first Israel-Atlanta women’s accelerator to benefit the local community. Those who won the right to participate in ATL+Israel from a pool of 20 applicants include women whose ideas range from wellness and alternative therapy to sports and educational tools.

The five-week, project-based accelerator helps Jewish women ages 21 and older develop their startups – at various stages of development – and take them to market. The female innovators may have a great idea, but need help taking their concept, project or small business to the next step. They can connect with Israeli entrepreneurs and companies and learn how to apply innovative techniques and technologies.

The program will meet once a week for three hours and there will be relevant and independent work in between for participants to complete on their own. Mentors will be available throughout the accelerator to offer support and guidance.

The program runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14 with a session to pitch to potential investors Dec. 13.

The winning participants are:

  • Jo Chitlik, Investment Climate Statements – reports for analyzing foreign investment
  • Jamie Drummer Fox, Botanic Springs – DIY aromatherapy
  • Lani Preis, chick*u*do – family dynamics independent empowerment tools
  • Karen Callen, Mozi – app for encouraging families to connect
  • Rachel Gurvitch, Catchball – all-female catchball league practicing at Marcus JCC.
  • Karen Zion, Israel-themed charm bracelets – jewelry evoking aspects of Israeli society, food and modern culture, and charms for Birthright Israel participants
  • Liat Philipson, Awareness Space – workshops/retreats inspired by yoga and spirituality teaching and therapies
  • Galia Sabbag, Shira Books – book project promoting love and appreciation of Jewish holidays
  • Tiah Tomlin, My Style Matters – improve patient care, holistic view of healing
  • Alison O’Neil, Senior Select Seal – seal to show that product works for older adult, also for anyone with disability of lowered capability.
  • Laura Sladkus, VEGO (Vacation Exchange-GO) – international corporate travel experience allowing children of employees to stay with another employee’s family.
  • Michele Weiner-Merbaum, Platinum Platters – corporate edible gift bags and baskets, particularly with themed desserts.
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