Key Findings

Key Finding 1
Despite the severity of the economic downturn, the Jewish startup economy is both resilient and growing overall. Most individual initiatives have relatively low budgets and many are volunteer-driven operations.
Key Finding 2
The North American innovation landscape is more focused on Jewish identity and belonging, along with religious expression, than on social services and large-scale institutional action.
Key Finding 3
Across the North American Jewish startup landscape, initiatives with different areas of focus vary widely in their patterns of occasional and regular attendance, the extent of their appeal to younger people, and their engagement of otherwise unaffiliated participants.
Key Finding 4
Most Jewish startup founders and leaders exhibit high levels of Jewish social capital, deploying it in ways that challenge familiar labels and categories.
Key Finding 5
Most Jewish startups have been founded by well-educated volunteer or volunteer/professional teams with previous non-profit experience.
Key Finding 6
The demographics of startup leaders resemble those of leaders in the broader Jewish communal sector, with somewhat more gender balance.
Key Finding 7
A robust portfolio of education, leadership development, and service learning programs is fueling, nurturing, and strengthening the leaders of the startup sector—and in turn, broadening the reach of their startup initiatives.
Key Finding 8
Jewish incubators and capacity building programs increase the efficiency and reach of new Jewish initiatives. They also are well positioned to catalyze transnational organizational networks across the global Jewish community.