GrowHub: Israel’s first innovation center in the field of early childhood

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“Early childhood development is a smart investment... the earlier the investment, the greater the return.”

Prof. James Heckman, Nobel Prize Laureate.

about us

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GrowHub, Israel’s first innovation center for early childhood, birth to 7 years of age, brings together entrepreneurs, leading companies, investors, and relevant experts from Israel and around the world to advance innovation in early childhood education, health, games and playgrounds, safety, communication and wellbeing. A child’s early years are critical as they determine physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development, and lay the foundation for health and wellbeing in adulthood. We identify visionary entrepreneurs and provide them guidance and the opportunities to forge strategic partnerships with leading stakeholders, experts and organizations in Israel and around the world.

GrowHub is a Joint Venture of the Tirat Carmel Young Adults Center, Hapaot Center, Intel Israel’s Ingenuity Partner Program (IPP), and Ashoka Israel.

Why GrowHub?

GrowHub partners with Ha'paot (Infant) Center, Tirat Carmel’s groundbreaking knowledge, research, and development center in the field of early childhood. With over three decades of experience and a multi-disciplinary staff of stellar professionals, Ha’Paot Center develops early childhood educational and health-related initiatives and trains professionals from across the country. The Center, an invaluable resource for all GrowHub programs, offers its knowledge and experience to GrowHub entrepreneurs and serves as a beta site for their new solutions and products. For more information on Ha’Paot Center, see http://www.hapaotcenter.org.il.

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we offer

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Meet-ups and workshops that provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools with which to advance their start-ups.

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Networking and collaboration opportunities that integrate participating startups into the entrepreneurial and professional communities.

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Professional mentoring by experts in different fields: law, marketing, finance, research, and more.

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Introduction to stakeholders and investors that will help leverage the project and develop a viable product.

Our Programs

1. Accelerator:

A unique program that accelerates the entrepreneur’s path to success, and advances innovative initiatives (solutions and products) in the field of early childhood. In April 2019, we launched our first Accelerator program. Registration for the Accelerator#2 Demo Day scheduled for July 13 is now open.

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2. Open Challenges:

The program is based on Ashoka changemakers methodology that uses the power of open challenges and social innovation knowledge in order to accelerate social change. In the program, we

  • Convene entrepreneurs to tackle a chosen problem from the field of early childhood health.

  • Provide group support, visibility, and inspiration through structured exchanges between peers, reviewers, and a broader group of experts.

  • Offer nuanced conversations grounded in analysis of leading social entrepreneurs’ models.

  • (Oh, and there are some prizes at the end too.)


In addition, we will hold a Hackathon in 2020—date to be announced.

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3. Workshop for intra-organizational entrepreneurial initiatives:

More details to follow.

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Our Team

Advisory board
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Alona Abt
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Irit Ezra
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Professor Orit Hazzan
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Prof. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus
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Arik Kerman
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Yael Lipman
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Professor Giora Pillar
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Yosi Sabbag
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Avi Salmon
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Dr. Ziv Yekutieli
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Michal Zeevi-Bender
Management
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Dr. Anat Bar
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Carmel Breiting
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Eitan Katz
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Sahlav Miller
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Amir Nathan
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Tslila Frankel Persico
Mentors
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Noam Bernstein
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Ilanit Afek Dobkies
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Amit Aliman
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Yoav Alkalay
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Anat Eshed Glazer
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Ran Goldi
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Amit Rotenberg
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Danny Saar
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Yael Shimon Many
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Orly Sorokin
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Gary J. Sugarman-Sagiv
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Oran Uzrad
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Dr. Ziv Yekutieli
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Michal Zeevi-Bender
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Ido Zuntz
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Tali Gueta

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