the english entrepreneurship network
Meet | Share | Learn
What is it?
A platform for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to meet, share knowledge, and learn from each other and industry experts.
Many entrepreneurs come to Israel from abroad to take advantage of the innovation ecosystem of the Startup Nation and all of the support it has to offer. The English Entrepreneurship Network of the Negev is a place for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to meet fellow non-Hebrew-speaking entrepreneurs and gain access to the range of support already available for Hebrew speakers.
What Does it Offer?
Get your tax and legal questions answered
Access to the Innovation Gateway Tech Hub
Access to a pool of expert mentors
A place to meet entrepreneurs and hear from experts
From the Bengis Center Team
So how do i sign up?
The Network is open to anyone interested in meeting entrepreneurs and learning about small business management in English. As a member of the Network you will stay up-to-date about events and services available to you in the Negev, including the Network's own lectures and meetups.
Opening Event - Meet the Network
September 13th | 19:00 | Zoom
Join us for the opening event as we kick off our second year with an introduction and brainstorming session via Zoom. You'll have a chance to introduce yourself and get to know others in the network. We will also share what we did in the past and our ideas for the upcoming sessions and events. Please come with ideas of your own and let us know what you'd like to see this upcoming year!
Elevator Pitch 101
October 20th | 20:00 | Zoom
If you're a small business owner, you're probably an expert at whatever it is that you do - whether baking, writing, carpentry, or anything in between. But how do you sum it all up when you suddenly find yourself in an elevator with a potential investor, partner, or client? More than that, how do you present yourself as a competent businessperson in addition to being skilled in your field?
In this workshop with Zehava Arky, COO & Co-Founder of Aleph to Zee Digital Marketing Agency, you'll learn everything you need to know to construct the perfect elevator pitch and put your skills to the test.
Marketing That's Right for You
November 25th | 20:00 | Zoom
Getting your name out there can seem really overwhelming, especially with all of the options in today's world. How do you know if you should go door-to-door with flyers, run a LinkedIn page for your business, open a Twitter account, join Facebook groups..? It's exhausting.
The good news is, you don't need to be using every tool and platform that's out there to reach your audience. In this workshop with Allison Speiser, Employment Advisor at Nefesh B'Nefesh, you'll be able to narrow down where you should put your energy, demystify market research, and start practicing.
Growing Your Customer Base Through Human-Centered Design
December 23rd | 20:00 | Zoom
As a business owner, your time and mental energy are often dominated by product/service design and implementation, back-office administration, and the day-to-day grind. In this session, you’ll take a moment to get out of your own head, imagine the perspective of your current and future customers, and consider ways to grow your business with their needs and desires in mind.
Makaela Kingsley is Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. She teaches courses on social change theory and practice, and she runs programs that support student entrepreneurs and changemakers. A 1998 graduate of Wesleyan, Makaela previously held positions in Wesleyan’s advancement office and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where she worked in development and public relations. Outside of the Patricelli Center, Makaela volunteers on multiple boards and has served as a Coach for Ashoka, a mentor for Yale University’s entrepreneurship programs, a judge for Echoing Green and the Grinnell Prize, and a guest speaker for incubators that support small business entrepreneurs. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Matt, their two children Amelia and Eli, and a hedgehog named Avocado.
Opening Event - Meet the Network
January 28 | 18:00 | BGU, Building 15, Room 001
Join us for the opening event of the English Entrepreneurship Network of the South. Meet other members over pizza and learn about the resources available to small business owners in the Negev. You'll hear from representatives of the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, NBN Go Beyond-South, Eretz Ir, Merkaz Klita and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management about the services they have to offer. We'll end the evening by speed-networking - like speed-dating but for meeting other entrepreneurs!
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Taxes and Legalese for Small Business Owners
February 18 | 18:00 | BGU, Building 15, Room 002
Hear from Fred Kahn of Philip Stein & Associates and get all your burning tax questions answered. The lecture will cover the basic tax laws that every business owner should know as they start their new business in Israel.
Fred is a US CPA and a Partner at Philip Stein & Associates. He has been practicing in Israel since he made Aliyah in 2005. He advises individuals, partnerships and corporations as they build and grow their businesses. He takes pride in successfully guiding entrepreneurs from company formation all the way to an IPO or exit.
How Do I Know if My Idea is a Good One?
Before you start a business, you need to make the call: 'to start or not to start, that is the question?' Unfortunately, the internet has given us access to a fortune of online services and marketplaces that will help you decide on your venture, kick off your business, or take it to the next level. But none of them really know you! None of them will tell you the truth about entrepreneurship like Dr. Ilan Levy, Entrepreneurship Business Consultant.
Join us for this interactive workshop that will help you examine your own business idea and work together with your fellow entrepreneurs.
Marketing (Without Breaking the Bank)
April 5 | 18:00 | Zoom
If you're a small business owner, then you know that time is money (and money is limited). How do you reach new customers and spread your message without paying for expensive services or spending hours that you don't have? In this workshop, Or Berger, Social Media Adviser and Content Writer at KPMG, will give you tips and tricks for how to think about marketing and make the most of social media without breaking the bank.
The COVID Pandemic and the Future of Sustainable Small Business
May 12 | 15:00 | Zoom
The Covid 19 pandemic has devastated communities and economies around the world. It is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis that demands us all to look after the health and safety of our families,. organizations, and communities. it is also our responsibility as organizational leaders to look beyond the immediate threats of the present time and consider the impact of the pandemic to the future of sustainable development. In this session, Asaf Zohar, Associate Professor at Trent University, will take us through the fundamental challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic to small businesses and enterprises committed to sustainable strategies and practices, and how this crisis may serve as a catalyst to nurturing more sustainable communities directly through the actions of individual organizations.