Jewish Atlanta Innovation Vies for $100,000

Jewish Atlanta Innovation Vies for $100,000

First virtual pitch session to compete for funding for innovation and impactful ideas.

Eric Robbins said the Propel Pitch offers the opportunity to celebrate innovators.
Eric Robbins said the Propel Pitch offers the opportunity to celebrate innovators.

Federation Innovation will host its first Propel Pitch: A Virtual Competition of Jewish Atlanta Innovation Jan. 14. Participants will compete for up to $100,000 in funding for the most innovative and impactful ideas.

Recipients of Propel Innovation Grants, a research and development accelerator for nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs reimagining Jewish life in Atlanta, can compete for the award prizes. Propel Pitch is funded by The Marcus Foundation.

Participants will include innovation contenders from AgeWell Atlanta, Be’chol Lashon, Career Up Now, Jewish Education Collaborative, Jewish Fertility Foundation, Moishe House, OneTable Atlanta, Repair the World, The Blue Dove Foundation, Tikkun Olam Makers, Trybal Gatherings, Your Jewish Bridge, and 18Doors.

“During a year when we’ve all had to rethink how we live and interact with the community, Propel Pitch gives Jewish Atlanta the opportunity to celebrate the innovators who are blazing trails and reimagining how we engage Jewishly,” said Federation CEO Eric Robbins.

“We hope that this friendly competition will not only bring attention to these important ideas that are more important than ever, but also bring increased funding for these changemakers.”

The panel of Atlanta judges with extensive business and community experience are: Renay Blumenthal, vice president of The Marcus Foundation; Neal Cohen, co-founder of Tip Top Cocktails; Monica Hooks, executive director at Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative; Jenny Levison, owner of Souper Jenny; and Lior Weinstein, serial entrepreneur specializing in digital transformation.

Community members and grantee supporters can view the online pitch videos from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13. The event will culminate with a live night of presentations, judging and Q&As Jan. 14.

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