Our Generation Speaks (OGS) is a Boston-based three-month summer fellowship program and incubator where emerging Israeli and Palestinian leaders create high-impact ventures.
In OGS, fellows can expect to build for-profit and non-profit ventures. The journey begins with idea development and team formation and culminates in seed funding allocation for a select group of teams. The fellowship includes a world class seminar program and top-notch mentorship prgram.
OGS has already supported over a dozen of such ventures since its inception and invested over $1.2 million in them. Our ventures, in turn, have raised over $2 million in external funding.
WHAT WE OFFER
June 1st, 2020
August 26th, 2020
OGS seeks a highly-qualified group of 30 Israelis and Palestinians in their 20’s and early 30’s who have:
Completed an undergraduate degree;
A valid passport (US visa not necessary for application);
A working knowledge of English and strong communication skills;
A history of demonstrated leadership and aspirations to lead in new capacities;
Proven experience working successfully in a team environment;
Dedication to the OGS Values;
The ability to complete the entire duration of the program (June 1-August 26, 2020);
Willingness to co-found a venture (either for profit or not for profit) and to fully commit to launching it in the region post-fellowship; and
A commitment to continued involvement with OGS activities in the region.
Please note that a venture idea is not required.
If you do not meet the above criteria but you still feel that you would contribute to the program (e.g. you are 31 years old), please send an introductory email to email@example.com making your case for consideration.
OGS VENTURE TRACKS
OGS has partnered with two top accelerators in Boston where teams will work from in the final weeks of the fellowship to boost their ventures. After being admitted to the OGS fellowship, fellows begin to ideate and form teams. During the first month of the fellowship, teams will pitch their venture ideas and will afterwards be designated to one of the two tracks, dependending on the field of their venture.
The majority of the ventures will be assigned to the OGS-MassChallenge (OGS-MC) Track that is open to all disciplines. MassChallenge is the world's largest startup accelerator.
A smaller number of ventures will be assigned to the OGS-MIT Track that is specific to addressing the challenges facing the future of cities and the human environment. For example, ventures in the fields of transportation, smart cities, architecture/urban planning, housing, waste management, urban agriculture, and more.
In the essay portion of the OGS application, applicants will be asked to answer one of two prompts depending on their passion, areas of interest, and background. These essays align with the two OGS tracks: OGS-MC Track and the OGS-MIT Track. Please note that answering the corresponding essay prompt does not guarantee acceptance nor lock you into either track.
There are three stages to the OGS Fellowship selection process. All candidates begin by submitting an application. Those selected to advance will participate in a series of interviews in the region. Some candidates will be invited to a group dynamics session as described below. Transportation to and from the interviews and the group dynamics session will be covered by OGS.
Applications will be assessed on the following four qualities: