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Micro Grant Interview: Jewish Startup Network

"It was really easy to work together with Junction." - Ron Alpar

Junction micro-grants can be used for a variety of programs; for some, it’s about a one-off event, for others it’s about a series of programs, and for others, it is about adding resources to an already existing project to scale it up or do something that couldn’t be done otherwise. Ron Alpar lives in Berlin but got his degrees from the University of Mannheim and an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami.

After his studies, he began working for several successful European start-up & tech companies. Recently he founded a +550 person strong network for Israeli and Jewish startup professionals in Berlin for which he regularly hosts meetups. R

on falls into the latter category of an existing project that needed additional funding, we’re happy to help The Jewish Startup Network have physical spaces where people can network, learn, and share.

Q. What was your key takeaway from the Program?

A. That I would definitely do it again, without any second thoughts!

Q. What lead you to apply for a micro grant?

A. The desire to create a great event and create value for the community and as we all know a little micro grant can’t hurt in this endeavour.

Q. What surprised you about the planning process?

A. It was really easy to work together with Junction.

Q. What was your Jewish involvement in the past?

A. I was involved in the ZJD (i.e. the Jewish Zionist Youth Organization) in Germany and was a long-time soccer and tennis player at my local Maccabi Sports Club.

Q. What is your Jewish involvement now?

A. Besides being the founder of the Jewish Startup network, I regularly visit local Jewish institutions for Shabbat & the high holidays.

Q. What excites you about the Jewish future?

A. Seeing that there are many young Jews around the globe who dedicate their time & efforts to making sure we have a strong & vibrant Jewish community around the world.

Q. What should people know about the Berlin Jewish Community?

A. It’s very diverse and has something to offer for everyone. Also, it is growing a lot due to many international people moving into Berlin.

Q. What’s next for you?

A. Hopefully, we will be able to grow and scale the Jewish Startup Network beyond the borders of Germany.

Junction micro grants are awarded to innovative, engaging young adult community projects and can range from $1000 to $5000.

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