Teens Sought To Work With Leading Entrepreneurs

Friday, July 12, 2019

Eitanim Chattanooga is a unique program that expands leadership and entrepreneurial experiences for teens.  The teens will work with leading mentors for four days from the innovation entrepreneurship field in Chattanooga and will conclude with a judged “Hackathon” and Demo Day, which will be open to the public. Partners are The Enterprise Center, Co-Lab, EBP Fiber Optics and The Innovation District, The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, and the Israeli American Council. 

The program is seeking fifteen additional teens to complete this year’s cohort. Innovate, create, lead is the charge given to rising seventh through rising tenth graders. The program takes place daily July 29 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,. and will be held in the Edney Building, 1100 Market Street. Registered participants bring their lunch and a laptop or smartphone. The cost to attend is $50 per participant. Apply online at https://jewishchattanooga.com/eitanimcha2019. For more information contact Ann Treadwell, atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com or Chen Dahan, israel@jewishchattanooga.com or call 423-493-0270.

Program mentors include:

  • Joe Winick, Lead Executive, Erlanger Innovation Center- Previously Winick was Senior Vice President, Planning, Analytics and Business Development, for Erlanger Health System, working  collaboratively with key stakeholders to advance innovative technology, programs and services into and throughout the Erlanger ecosystem .  Mr. Winick has extensive domestic and international health care experience. Before his tenure with Erlanger, he served in similar roles with Albert Einstein, Humana and American Healthcare. 

  • Ken Hays, The Enterprise Center- Ken Hays is the former President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a non-profit entity tasked with establishing Chattanooga as the first mid-sized city with an Innovation District. He has led the development of the Edney Innovation Center, and the implementation of Chattanooga’s first digital equity initiative, Tech Goes Home. Mr. Hays helped Chattanooga become an original US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community, and has forged other national partnerships bringing attention and resources to Chattanooga’s Gig City status.  Hays served as a former President of River City Company, a coordinating developer of Chattanooga’s $120 million 21st Century Waterfront Plan, and helped revive the downtown residential market.
      
  •  Libby Santin, Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Prior to joining UTC full-time, Santin was the President and Co-Owner of Dynamic Displays & Graphics, in Chattanooga. Over the course of her 25 plus year career, she has worked in marketing and management roles for companies of all sizes from a tiny start-up to a Fortune 500 firm.
     
  • Meredith Levine - Head of Youth Servicesfor The Studio at Chattanooga Public Library Her passions are in STEAM learning, community engagement, technology and creating lifelong learners. 

The programs judges include

  • Jack StuderFounding member of Lamp Post group and former Interim Director of Co-Lab.

  • Charlie Brock - Charlie is CEO of Brock Partnerships, an advisory and investment company. From 2013-2018, Charlie led Launch Tennessee, a public-private entity charged with developing and enhancing the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to taking the helm of LaunchTN, Charlie was a key player in Chattanooga’s startup landscape, co-founding the city’s first angel group, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, serving as CEO of CO.LAB and the inaugural director of the GigTank accelerator.

  • Niki Phillips - Sr. Media Strategist, Marketing, EPB Fiber Optics

  • Mayor Andy Berke will inspire the teens with comments to open the session.

Inspired by the state of Israel as “the start-up nation” and an innovation hub, the Israel American Council/Eitanim is a nation-wide program that motivates teens to develop critical thinking, problem solving and community activism. This national program includes developing soft skills through innovative educational tools and hands-on learning methods, promoting critical thinking, and problem solving mindsets. Teens develop leadership skills and expose them to techniques to assist them in becoming future game changers in their local community. Interfaith teens work together towards a common goal and real world problem solving. Each group will have exercises that includes team building, innovation skills, through project-based learning with local mentors. At the conclusion of the program, each team will demonstrate the solution to the problem they have solved.  The Chattanooga/Israel entrepreneurial relationship will be the case study for their projects. 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and its programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.  The Jewish Federation builds and fosters a strong unified Jewish community and strives to ensure its well-being and continuity locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.


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