Israel is the Start Up Nation, and it is always exhilarating to hear from one of the many exciting Israeli entrepreneurs who have given it that name. At the University of Connecticut, Huskies for Israel, a CAMERA-supported group, hosted an event with Alon Futterman, one of the most accomplished entrepreneurs in Israel.

Alon Futterman being interviewed at the event

Mr Futterman has been involved in many exciting educational projects in Israel. In 2008, the year that marked Israel’s 60th anniversary, he was the director of a national program, in conjunction with the IDF, celebrating 60 years of Israel achievement. In 2014, he became Director of a Government program to provide education programming for Israeli children during their summer recess. He has also been involved in international programs. In 2011, he was asked by El Al to help them set up their “El Al ambassadors” program, which trains El Al staff to be ambassadors for Israel.

Mr Futterman spoke about his experience with these projects, as well as his life advice on what it takes to be a leader. The event took place in interview format, and students also many questions. The event also featured a photo contest, in which students had to take a photo at the University, and explain how it linked to Israeli culture. The winning photo, taken by Joni Weintraub, was called “Drews of UConn”, and focused on the diversity of people called Andrew at the University, and linked it to the diversity expressed by the Israeli Druze.

The photo exhibition generated a lot of interest amongst the students.












Contributed by Aron White, CAMERA intern

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