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The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital
Based on the 2010 Survey of New Jewish initiatives, this study covers Jewish nonprofit startups, defined as autonomous or independent non-commercial initiatives ten years old or younger. There are now at least 600 Jewish startups in North America, more than 200 in Europe, and many more around the world. Among the study's key findings are the following:
- Despite the severity of the economic downturn, the Jewish startup economy is both resilient and growing overall.
- The North American innovation landscape is more focused on Jewish identity and belonging, along with religious expression, than on social services.
- The demographics of startup leaders resemble those of leaders in the broader Jewish communal sector, with somewhat more gender balance.
- Jewish incubators and capacity building programs increase the efficiency and reach of new Jewish initiatives.
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Raucher, Dana. Herman, Felicia. Landres, Shawn. Avedon, Joshua. Groveman Weiner, Ariel. The Jewish Innovation Economy: An Emerging Market for Knowledge and Social Capital. Jumpstart,The Natan Fund,The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. April 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10709