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. Unistream teens graduate with strong leadership skills, improved soft skills, and real-world entrepreneurial experience, helping them to change the courses of their lives and to 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 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 helps participants integrate into the business world by giving them the tools they need to succeed. The program aims to bring the promise of Israel's Startup Nation to a diverse array of underprivileged populations across Israel, to foster economic and social mobility, and to effect meaningful change.
Start Up Now is run in partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority.
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 Tomorrow’s Leaders is a three-year program in which teens from underprivileged Israeli communities found and run startup companies, end to end. As part of the program, the teens also lead a significant, meaningful social venture and actively contribute to their communities.
Teen participants found business ventures, with the mentorship and guidance of senior businesspeople and leading entrepreneurs, and go through all the stages of startup development – from inception all the way through to business development and sales. By managing a company, appointing staff, conducting market research, writing business plans, raising capital, and handling marketing and sales, the teens build entrepreneurial skills, as they gain experience working with cutting-edge technologies.
During the program, the teens participate in many workshops and activities to build their leadership skills and to prepare them 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 through to meaningful military service and higher education, career selection, and successful integration into the workforce.
Program graduates continue on to the Fast Forward to ICT alumni program.
Unistream is supported by USAID from the American People (in seven centers).