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About Us

The Orthodox Union launched the OU Impact Accelerator to support entrepreneurial ventures addressing our communal challenges.

We partner nonprofit entrepreneurs, successful professionals, and OU resources to work on the most impactful projects and share our growing knowledge base.

The Impact Accelerator is built on mentorship-based growth and early-stage funding for Jewish nonprofit entrepreneurs with the next groundbreaking ideas. The cohort of entrepreneurs participates in a customized curriculum of business skills and receives coaching, funding, and implementation strategies to accelerate their ventures that are solving our community’s most significant needs.

In October 2018, the OU Impact Accelerator welcomed its first cohort. We will be showcasing their great work in a Demo Day in September 2019.

We are always working to find the most impactful projects that truly meet the needs of our community. Let’s innovate together! Applications for cohort II opened July 2019.


Through an extensive selection process, the OU Impact Accelerator chooses its cohort of social entrepreneurs transforming the Jewish landscape.

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Accelerator entrepreneurs will participate in in-person and virtual training. Entrepreneurs will also work with lay leader professionals and OU experts to develop customized training to accelerate their ventures.

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Each cohort will showcase their growth in the accelerator at a Demo day presented to community leaders, activists, and the larger Jewish community.

Build Our Nation

As each venture expands its impact, cohorts stay connected through our alumni network and meetups. We are always here for guidance and support.