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Israel Tech Challenge

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Israel Tech Challenge is a non-profit organization that aims to bring international highly technical talent to Israel. It is backed by the Israeli National Cyber Bureau, the Jewish Agency,[1] the Paul E. Singer Foundation,[2] private donors, and corporate partners. It was founded in 2013 by Raphael Ouzan and Oren Toledano.[3]

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As of 2018, Israel Tech Challenge provides 2-month internships, 5-month bootcamp and 10-month fellowships that have trained more than 400 new engineers from more than 20 countries. It has brought an estimated gain of $34.1M to the Israeli economy.[4][5] In 2017, six month internships in the program were offered to 15 students form Cyprus and 15 from Greece as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the world Greek and Jewish communities.[1]

Oren Toledano is executive director.[6][3]

Brief internship experiences are offered as part of the Birthright Israel program.[6][7] Haaretz asserts that the program ,which might be called "Birthright for Geeks" seeks to expose young diaspora Jews who work in or study cutting edge tech to the tech industry in Israel.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Keinon, Herb (15 June 2017). "PM in Thessaloniki for trilateral summit with Greece and Cyprus". Jeruslaem Post. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  2. "Israel tech challenge". www.israeltechallenge.com. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Orpaz, Inbal (17 August 2014). "Relocation to Startup Nation: Why Diaspora Tekkies Are Flocking to Israel". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  4. ""הבנקאות במשבר, כל בנק מקים לעצמו היום חברת פינטק": רפאל אוזן על עולם הולך ומשתנה". פורבס ישראל (in Hebrew). 
  5. "Sionisme 2.0" – via Haaretz. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Zelaya, Ian (16 January 2014). "Taglit-Birthright offers 12-day Tech Challenge". Washington Jewish Week. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  7. Elis, Niv (24 July 2014). "Despite sirens, visiting techies keep coding. 'I'm more worried about getting lost in TA than rockets,' hacking competitor says". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 


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