Unistream was founded in 2001 to increase social and economic mobility in Israel by introducing underprivileged Israeli teens to the business world.
Leading entrepreneurs and businesspeople mentor teens as they found startup companies and develop business ventures, while still in high school. Program participants graduate Unistream with an entrepreneurial skill set, as well as improved soft skills and leadership experience, helping them to change the courses of their lives and contribute to society as leaders of social change.
Unistream has won multiple Israeli and international awards, including:
• The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Innovation Award
• Israel Independence Day Lighting of the Torch, by Unistream teen Or Asulin
• Israel’s 2013 Presidential Award for Volunteerism
• Named one of the 60 leading initiatives for a better future in Israel
Unistream has a strategic partnership with The Jewish Federtion of Greater Los Angels.
Start Up Now is a one-year program, in partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority, in which participants are introduced to the business world, and gain experience founding a startup, with the support of mentors and professional business liaisons.
The program gives partitcipants practical and theoretical tools to help them integrate into the business world. The program aims to provide a diverse array of underprivileged populations access to the promise of Israel's Startup Nation and to foster economic and social mobility to effect meaninful change.
Fast Forward to ICT is an innovative career program for Unistream alumni (18+). In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the Claridge Foundation, and the Gandyr Foundation, the program works to integrate Unisteam graduates in leading Israeli companies, with an emphasis on the high-tech industry.
The program paves the way for talented, motivated teens from underprivileged areas to step into the center of Israeli society and to thrive, by finding meaningful careers at top companies in Israel.
The program has three main components: placing alumni in high-tech and finance companies; providing training for alumni in technology professions; and investing in, assisting with (via mentorship), and promoting the graduates’ startup companies
Unistream's Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is a three-year program in which teens from underprivileged Israeli communities found and run statrtup companies. In addition to their startup ventures, the teens lead meaningful social initiatives, and actively contribute to their communities. This helps to instill deep, long-term social values and vision.
Participants establish business ventures – from ideation through to business development and sales. By managing the company, appointing staff, conducting market research, writing business plans, raising capital, and planning and executing go-to-market strategy, the teens gain skills in entrepreneurship and excellence, as they become familiar with cutting-edge technologies.
In addition to developing startups, the teens participate in many workshops and activities to build leadership skills, and to prepare for army/social service, university, and workforce integration.
The skills the teens acquire at Unistream help them to leap forward and recalibrate their lives – starting with their academic achievements and social integration in their communities, and on to meaningful military service and higher education, career selection, and successful integration into the workforce.
After completing the program, the teens graduate to the Fast Forward to ICT alumni program.