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The Eden Project

July 1, 2013 – 12:28 pm12 Comments

By Romy Grace
Eden Project

The Eden Project is the first Australian Jewish innovation hub for emerging entrepreneurs, social innovators and change-makers. It aims to inspire, engage and develop a new generation of Jewish leaders who can address challenges facing the Jewish community through social entrepreneurship and innovation.

 The Eden Project is the brainchild of a small and diverse group of community leaders entrepreneurs and activists. The Board members are Danny Almagor, Deon Kamien, Amanda Miller, Malki Rose and Tracie Olcha. Romy Grace is the Project Manager.

The Eden Project will support the complete innovation life cycle, from ideas generation and project development to facilitating crowdfunding* campaigns, ongoing support and mentoring for project leaders. The Eden Project’s crowdfunding platform will promote collaboration and trust both within and around the Jewish community including existing Jewish community organizations, to develop and implement projects which benefit the Australian Jewish community or Israel.

The Eden Project is more than just a crowdfunding platform, it is a project dedicated to providing individualised support for projects, ideas and causes by anyone, including businesses and non-profits, seeking to benefit the Australian Jewish community.

The Eden Project invites applications for crowdfunding from early-stage businesses and non-profits. Projects must be by or for the Jewish community and must address a social, environmental or community issue through their business or non-profit. Projects cannot be political or hateful. The Eden Project will select the most innovative and compelling projects (applications open in August) to be launched as 35 day crowdfunding campaigns. The Australian Jewish community will have the unique opportunity to engage with these projects by supporting the campaigns and their leaders. The Eden Project believes that crowd support of these campaigns will be an investment in the future of the Australian Jewish community, its organizations and its leaders.

The Eden Project is supported by founding partners the Australian Jewish Funders, the ROI Community, Danny Almagor and Berry Liberman, Nathan Cher, the Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation and the Charles & Lynn Schusteman Foundation.

The Eden Project encourages all interested applicants and community members to attend the launch night ‘Innovation Journeys’ on Thursday 4 July 2013 at 8pm, Small Giants, 11 Princes Street St Kilda. Ticket Registration at: www.edenproject.eventbrite.com.au.

For more information on The Eden Project please contact Romy Grace, the Project Manager, at edenproject1@gmail.com or on 0419921281.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TheEdenProject/446088512150052

Twitter: @edenproject1

Website: www.theedenproject.com.au

*What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is the act by which an individual or organization collects money from a large number of people ‘the crowd’ using the Internet to reach out to a variety of networks.

Crowdfunding allows campaign managers, which include people, businesses and non-profits, to gain support and to finance their ideas and projects through contributions collected from many people. Projects, ideas and causes can come from any field – cultural or technological, secular, for a small business, a personal project or an advocacy campaign – as long as a positive link to the Jewish community and/or Israel is created. The crowdfunding platform will integrate social media and online fundraising techniques which not only allow for traditional crowdfunding but also facilitates community engagement and support.

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