The Tribe 12 fellows officially kicked off their entrepreneurial projects during their official Launch Night at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Participating members of the fifth cohort of the Tribe 12 Fellowship "graduated" before 300 attendees of their May 27 Launch Night at the National Museum of American Jewish History, where the event has been held for three years running.
All 13 fellows had displays of the projects they have been working on since January, when they were officially accepted to the program.
Over six months, the Tribe 12 program pairs its participants with coaches and organizes seminars, workshops and networking events. This fifth class of fellows features a wide range of ventures, including a program to help survivors of domestic violence; an enrichment program for middle school and high school students; and a mobile app that challenges people to commit acts of kindness each day.
Speakers at the event included Naomi Adler, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which helped fund the fellowship with $40,500 this year, as well as a PresenTense board member and a 2014 fellowship alum, Carly Zimmerman, CEO of Challah for Hunger.
"This class couldn't have been more diverse — encompassing every religious affiliation and background, with businesses in every stage from the idea stage to fully operational, working in fields from high tech to medicine to economic development — yet they worked as a seamless team, cheering each other on and showing a remarkable dedication to each other's work," said Danielle Selber, the fellowship coordinator. "This year's class had such a palpable eagerness to learn and seemed to treat every opportunity as a gift."