Innovation Competition Launches to Kickstart Original Pro-Israel Advocacy Ideas


The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation announced that it is collecting submissions for its second-ever Innovation Competition, which will help fund a never-been-done-before, out-of-the-box idea, initiative, project, program or event to advance pro-Israel advocacy on college campuses.

This is the second year of the Milstein Innovation Competition, which encourages college students and senior high school students to collaborate with national pro-Israel non-profit organizations to plan and execute incredible pro-Israel initiatives. Finalists will present their ideas at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in March in Washington, D.C., to try to win $16,000—with $15,000 bookmarked to actualize their innovative idea and $1,000 as a personal prize.

Last year’s winners of this groundbreaking competition, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, launched an international campaign to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, spreading love for the Jewish State among hundreds of thousands of college students on 160 college campuses in 20 states and Canada.

“We want to support young people with wild, amazing ideas that will spread love for Israel among their peers,” philanthropist Adam Milstein said. “Israel is more than just a country – it’s a powerful story of homecoming and triumph for the Jewish people, a great source of Jewish pride that inspires courage, and a hub for bold innovations that are changing the world. We want to communicate that in new, exciting ways.”

Three finalists will present their initiatives at the Milstein Student Reception at AIPAC Policy Conference, where a panel of philanthropist judges, including Gila and Adam Milstein, will choose the winners, who will also receive support from the Milstein Family Foundation’s staff and network to maximize the impact of their project.

Current or incoming college students, as individuals or in groups, are invited to complete their online application by Feb. 1 on the Milstein Family Foundation website. On Feb. 8, judges will invite five semi-finalists to submit four-minute pitch videos before Feb. 25, and the three presenting finalists will be announced on March 4.

Contest entrants can email elena@milsteinff.org with questions about the competition.

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