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Reichman University partners with veteran navy seals for startup launch

Reichman University, in collaboration with the Atalef Foundation and the American Friends of Israel Navy SEALs (AFINS), and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, has launched the Version Bravo accelerator, an initiative aimed at assisting veterans of Israel’s Navy SEALs (Shayetet 13) and former US Navy SEALs in launching their startups in civilian life. The program, developed to aid elite naval commandos from both nations to leverage extraordinary work ethic, leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit of military special forces to develop and grow their own business ventures and to form and benefit from a peer-community of special operators turned entrepreneurs.

The program was born after successful discussion and cooperation between Prof. Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of Reichman University's International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Jonathan Davis, Head of the Raphael Recanati International School and Vice President of External Relations, Eric Zoller, Chairman & Founder of AFINS, Robert Brenner, Executive Director of AFINS and Yotam Dagan, Israel Director of Version Bravo. All sought ways to assist elite veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress by integrating their ideas in the most entrepreneurial manner and channeling their passion and energy toward constructive endeavors. Leading the program's academic direction is Dr. Gali Einav, Head of the International undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship at Reichman University in partnership with Prof. Thomas Knapp of the University of Southern California’s Marshal School of Business.

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Herzliya, August 17th, 2023 – Reichman University is thrilled to announce that seven exceptional students from our esteemed "Israel at Heart" program have been selected for prestigious internships at Jazwares, a leading global toy company headquartered in Florida.

The "Israel at Heart" program at Reichman University has long been dedicated to nurturing and empowering promising students, providing them with unique opportunities to develop their skills and potential. Reichman University strives to advance Israeli society by identifying promising young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and providing them with the education that will allow them to serve as Israel’s next generation of leaders. Through the "Israel at Heart" Ethiopian Scholarship Program, Reichman University makes a special effort to reach out to students of Ethiopian origin and to provide them with the resources and tools they need to succeed in earning an academic degree and contribute to Israeli society.

This exceptional group of individuals from the "Israel at Heart" program, who will intern at Jazwares, are currently pursuing degrees in a variety of fields including Psychology, Business, Computer Science, and Government.

"We are immensely proud of our students who have secured internships at Jazwares," said Jonathan Davis, Vice President and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School at Reichman University. "This achievement underscores the remarkable dedication and perseverance these young scholars have demonstrated throughout their academic journey. We are confident that this internship experience will further enhance their knowledge and abilities, preparing them for successful careers in their respective fields."

Jazwares, renowned for its commitment to innovation and excellence, provides an ideal environment for our students to immerse themselves in real-world challenges and gain valuable industry experience. The opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals at Jazwares will undoubtedly equip our students with invaluable insights and skills, fostering personal and professional growth.

"We are excited to welcome the students at Reichman University and be able to extend our internship program so that they can get practical hands-on experience from the wealth of experienced professionals at Jazwares," said Amy Kropp, Global Vice President of Human Resources at Jazwares.

Throughout their internships, these students will not only contribute to Jazwares' dynamic projects but also embrace new experiences that will shape their future endeavors positively. Reichman University firmly believes that such collaborative initiatives strengthen international partnerships and build bridges between cultures, leading to mutual growth and prosperity.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Jazwares for opening their doors to our talented students and supporting them on this journey of exploration and learning. We are confident that this invaluable opportunity will leave a lasting impact on both our students and the organization", stated Davis.

About Reichman University:

Reichman University, a leading educational institution in Herzliya, Israel, is committed to fostering academic excellence, nurturing innovative minds, and shaping future leaders. With a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, the university offers a wide range of programs designed to inspire and empower students from all walks of life.

Reichman University’s founders sought to create an Israeli university in which personal achievements go hand in hand with social responsibility. Since its establishment in 1994 as Israel’s first private, non-profit institution of higher education, Reichman University has spearheaded a pioneering and innovative approach to interdisciplinary higher education.

Dear friends, supporters, and parents, Please enjoy our June/July newsletter below. Campus life is thriving and although this newsletter is quite long, we have so many stories that we want to share with you, we just had to include all of them. It was with great sadness that we announced the passing of Sam Zell in May. Sam has been a lead supporter of Reichman University for over 20 years. Through the Zell Family Foundation, he led the sponsorship of the Zell Entrepreneurship Center at Reichman University which operated one of the premier programs at our institution. He changed the lives of hundreds of students that participated and was a mentor to so many aspiring entrepreneurs. Sam was a trusted advisor to Prof. Reichman while he was building the University and I know he will be dearly missed. We will always be thankful for his support and send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Please note that as the end of the academic year commences, we are now starting to send out thank you letters from all of the deserving students that receive scholarships because of your many generous donations. Students from all over the world are given the opportunity to study at Reichman University thanks to your support. We hope you enjoy reading their stories and find them as inspirational as we do.

Another reminder that we are leading a mission to Reichman University from September 10-14 and would be thrilled if you would join us. This mission will include a vast array of activities on and off campus in Israel. If you are interested in joining, please let us know here.

Enjoy your summer! Leslie Skyba

Leslie Skyba Executive Director American Friends of IDC (Reichman University)

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