PresenTense employs entrepreneurship to grow local economies, enrich community life and solve critical issues facing society. Through its community based accelerators, innovation workshops and entrepreneurship consulting, PresenTense aims to make entrepreneurship accessible to all and accelerate social impact in communities across Israel.
Over the past eight years, PresenTense has run 30 accelerators in Israel, and helped 415 entrepreneurs accelerate 360 social ventures. This year, PresenTense is currently running eight venture accelerators across Israel, including three for Israel’s Arab community:
- NaserahTech, a tech accelerator in Nazareth
- Q-Start, a social and tech accelerator in Baqa Al-Gharbiya
- Mubadren, a social enterprise accelerator for the Bedouin community in the Negev
In addition, PresenTense recently signed a Joint Venture agreement with the Jerusalem Development Authority to set up an East Jerusalem hub and accelerator program.
20 February 2017
A new startup accelerator has been launched in Haifa to assist Arab entrepreneurs. The program targets startups that have completed Series A financing, already developed a prototype product and/or received funding from the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist).
13 September 2016
The Citi Foundation will expand its support of PresenTense Israel, which promotes entrepreneurship in the Arab, ultra-Orthodox and Bedouin societies in Israel’s periphery, by earmarking $400,000 to fund three accelerators for the Arab community.
The new programs will be set up in Haifa and Jaffa and the funding will help expand the existing activities in Baqa al-Gharbiya.
11 September 2016
The Citi Foundation said Sunday it will invest approximately NIS 1.5 million in PresenTense Israel, a company that encourages social entrepreneurship, business and technology among Israel’s minority sectors.
The grant will go toward funding PresenTense’s flagship programs in Haifa and Jaffa, and additional work in Baka al-Gharbiya outside Haifa. The goal of these programs is to break the “start-up nation” out of the “Tel Aviv bubble” and make it more accessible to Israel’s Arab minority.
30 May 2016
About 40% of Israeli Arabs have had exposure to the high-tech sector, as compared to nearly 90% of the country’s Jews, according to a survey by MasarUp, a project initiated by the PresenTense nonprofit to encourage entrepreneurship in Israeli Arab communities. The survey, which polled 500 Arab respondents, found that only 20% knew someone in the high-tech field; this is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that such personal contact in many cases provides the impetus and support necessary to enter the field.
8 June 2015
Lately, I have been spending time in Nazareth and Haifa, discovering and working in the ecosystem where I just returned from spending two insightful and inspiring days in Haifa with a group of Israeli / Arab entrepreneurs as we prepared for Presentense Group’s NaserahTech Launch night event on June 16.
17 May 2015
Baqa is situated in a densely Arab populated area bordering the West Bank known as the Triangle. According to the 2013 census, the sprawling town of Baqa is inhabited by an entirely Moslem population of 27,000. There has been talk of swapping land in the Triangle for land in the West Bank as part of a two-state political solution.