Bikkurim offers two programs to shepherd organizations forged around new ideas to take root and flourish.
The Incubator provides a physical home as well as intensive support to start-up organizations – organizations that are from 0-5 years old. Participants receive free office space, consulting services, peer community, training, and access to professional networks while in residency, a period that may last up to five years. Housing Bikkurim at JFNA provides residents with valuable counsel from seasoned professionals as well as exposure to a wide audience of Jewish organizations and leaders.
The incubator is designed to house and service a diverse group of residents who enter at different starting points in terms of their organizational development. Incubator residents receive services and stipends commensurate with their developmental stage. Resident groups sign an annual contract that outlines goals and benchmarks for the upcoming year. Continued residency in Bikkurim is contingent upon meeting those benchmarks, completing reports, and fully participating in consulting, workshops, and events. Mid-Year, Year-End, and Portfolio Reviews (at the end of the second year of residency) are used to assess progress on organizational and programmatic goals and evaluate the fit between the resident and the incubator.
Incubator graduates are deemed successful, if by the end of the incubator period they:
• Realize programmatic goals
• Mange programs and operations effectively
• Are financially stable
• Have a solid operating and governance structure
• Effectively engage stakeholders in advancing their vision
• Figure out the appropriate organizational structure for their idea – independent stand-alone, fiscally sponsored, or adopted by a larger institution.
A minority of Bikkurim groups disband altogether. Bikkurim is proud of its risk-taking and recognizes that not every group accepted into the incubator will be sustainable.
Atid Hazak supports post-start-up organizations (8-15 years old) as they prepare to grow and scale. Organizations enrolled in Atid Hazak work with Bikkurim over a period of two years to strengthen infrastructure, streamline operations, and plan for growth. Atid Hazak includes close partnership with a funder that invests directly in the organization’s infrastructure. Bikkurim serves as a “general contractor” helping the organization to identify areas of challenge and invest internal and external resources strategically. Work with each organization is highly customized. By filling in gaps and addressing weaker areas, organizations will increase efficiency, effectiveness, and impact in real time. As growth priorities and plans are formulated, the organization will be positioned for significant investment and exponential growth.
• Increase organizational efficiency
• Gain clarity about market demand and options for growth
• Understand their key levers of impact
• Are able to measure impact
• Increase leadership bench strength at all levels of the organization
• Make a compelling case to investors