Israeli teenage entrepreneurs from the periphery show off their startups to Ambassadors from the UN
As part of the meeting, the ambassadors met with youths from the Unistream organization in Be'er Sheva, which aims to give students from the periphery and from all sectors equal opportunities to succeed in life
UN ambassadors from Argentina, Croatia, Zambia, Uruguay, Samoa, Korea, Hungary, and more visited Israel last week to learn about Israeli entrepreneurship and development.
As part of this visit, the ambassadors toured the Entrepreneurship Center of the Unistream Association in Be’er Sheva, which aims to give students from the periphery and from all sectors equal opportunities to succeed in life.
UN ambassadors meet youth at from the Unistream center. Photo: Baz Photography
At a tour of the Unistream Entrepreneurship Center in Be'er Sheva-Altshuler Shaham, Yifat Bechor, CEO of the association, Dror Shaked, senior vice president of business development at WIX, and Oded Tal, CEO of the Claridge Foundation, were joined by business mentors and members of the association as the ambassadors learned about the association's activities and met with youth, all residents of the social and geographical fringes of Israel. The students introduced the ambassadors to the startup companies that they developed as part of their activities in the association.
Among the startups that were presented and demonstrated to the ambassadors were an app connected to a smart camera that can scan fast food complexes to streamline the table cleaning process, and an indicator that can identify rape drugs, both developed by youth from the Beer Sheva-Altshuler Shaham Unistream Center. Additional projects included lifesaving inflatable clothing designed for workers who work at height for members of the association Misgav Shalom, a mattress that is a smart alarm clock developed by members of the Netivot Center - ICON, and a bottle made of biodegradable organic ingredients.
"You have arrived in Israel and you have the chance to see how incredible things are made here. Unistream works to ensure that this power and technology reaches every corner of the country, even to the peripheries," said Yifat Bechor, CEO of Unistream during the meeting. "We are here to help young people achieve what they dream of being by giving them equal opportunities for success. By doing this, we create both personal and national impact - to keep success in the periphery and not just in the center, thereby reducing social and economic disparities in Israel."