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 program.
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
August 30th, 2020
November 11th, 2020
2020 FELLOWSHIP DATES
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. did not complete an undergraduate degree), please send an introductory email to email@example.com making your case for consideration.
OGS VENTURE TRACKS
OGS has partnered with top accelerators in Boston where teams will work from in the final weeks of the fellowship to boost their ventures. During the first month of the summer fellowship, fellows begin to ideate and form teams. Teams will pitch their venture ideas and will afterwards be designated to one of the three tracks, depending on the field of their venture.
The majority of the ventures will be assigned to the OGS-MassChallenge Track that is open to all disciplines. MassChallenge is the world's largest startup accelerator. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across industries such as Energy/Cleantech, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Fintech, Consumer Products, Agriculture, Arts & Culture, Travel & Tourism, Energy, etc.
A smaller number of ventures will be assigned to the OGS-MIT designX Track that are specific to addressing the challenges facing the future of cities and the world at large. Through our partnership with MIT designX, fellows have the opportunity to develop ventures in the fields of transportation, smart cities, architecture/urban planning, housing, waste management, urban agriculture, and more.
New in 2020! OGS has partnered with the MIT Game Lab to incubate ventures in the fields of applied game design and construction, in order to address real-world challenges. The OGS-MIT Game Lab Track will accelerate a few teams that will focus on gamification in high impact areas such as education, training, health, conflict resolution, and personal growth. Additionally, the track supports other concepts that are innovative and can create impact, including entertainment for tabletop (board/card/party), roleplay, mobile, XR (virtual, augmented, mixed, or alternate reality), and screen-based games. Please note that games containing violence, gambling, etc. are not supported by OGS and will not be developed in this track.
In the essay portion of the OGS application, applicants will be asked to answer one of three prompts depending on their passion, areas of interest, and background. These essays align with the three OGS tracks: OGS-MassChallenge Track, OGS-MIT designX Track, and OGS-MIT Game Lab 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: