We believe that combining entrepreneurship and technical knowledge with leadership and social activism builds leaders who are committed to change and who will implement the social orientation that they develop in the businesses arena. Unistream provides teens the rare opportunity to build a startup company, with the full support of mentors from the upper echelons of Israeli business and industry, and to develop business ventures from start to finish. Because of this, Unistream teens graduate with an entrepreneurial spirit, with a deep understanding of business, and with strong leadership skills.
Starting in middle school, and continuing as the they gain financial independence and start building careers, Unistream participants have access to opportunities and support that make it possible for them to integrate successfully into the high-tech and financial sectors.
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).