The Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem Entrepreneurs Forum consists of college Alumni interested in entrepreneurship. Many have already formed or are in the process of forming start-up companies. The Forum’s aim is much like the aim of the Alumni Association, of which it is part – networking, collaboration, lectures and workshops – but with specific focus on topics that are relevant to entrepreneurs, acquiring professional knowledge and tools beyond what can be made available in a student’s curriculum.
The Forum’s creation was initiated by Software Engineer Nachum Dimer, class of 2005, and facilitated by Danit Wexler, original director of the college’s Alumni Association and Career Guidance Office. The idea came to Nachum from his involvement in KI-TEC, an organization that promotes Israeli companies in Poland and is involved in entrepreneurship, in addition to the fact that “these types of forums are customary in colleges around the world,” according to Nachum. “This group is a great resource for both students and alumni and a means to networking in terms of business – alumni helping alumni.”
Nachum is the Managing Director of two small companies that he owns, the first of which is GAP, a revolutionary advertising platform – a SaaS-based solution that leverages the power of internet and digital marketing services to traditional advertising. Nachum’s other company, TEST4LOAD, works in software load testing and performance optimization and has already grown to include an impressive client list which includes Israel Discount Bank, the Jerusalem Post, Amdocs, Maccabi Healthcare Services, and Vodafone.
The Forum’s networking has proven effective. After the first gathering, Yaniv Cohen, a Partner at Imagine 3D and Kfir Netanel, CEO of Nitzozot – event production and management embarked on a collaboration. The collaboration between Nitzozot and Imagine 3D is centered around the concept of “the world of events moving to 3D.” All two-dimensional printing, such as posters, photo albums, and invitations, are produced and printed in 3D, by Imagine 3D and marketed by Nitzozot.
At another Forum gathering, guest speaker, arbitrator and Intellectual Property Attorney Ethel Chait Stein spoke about the importance of intellectual property in the high-tech sector, sharing her 26 years of experience as an attorney in Israel and New York, specializing in Intellectual Property Rights, commercial law and entrepreneurship.