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  • 06-Nov-2016

Social Entrepreneurship

Abstract

Loop is the first and only social initiative in Israel that is aiming to teach children to learn computer science and coding at early age [7-16] through mentorship-based programs and personalized education approach.

Our mentors, are students and undergraduates who are specializing in Computer science, who are willing to contribute to the project and invest their time so they can share their knowledge with the next generation in order to become part of the Loop.

Loop brings modern technology to the Tech field; we offer children to learn coding through modern approach and unique concept.

www.loop.org.il

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Who is your customer?

Children at ages 7-16. Our focus is to offer the next generation the opportunity to learn coding at early age through mentorship based programs and fun activities based on modern education. At this phase we are working with local children in Israel, after implementing the concept for 2 years we are planning to expand to other countries.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The education system in Israel doesn't offer the kids of tomorrow the right skills and tools so they can deal with the future and it's tech developments. We believe that our educational system lacks and doesn't invest properly in the next generation; our world is becoming more developed but our educational system still works the same way it used to be 20 years ago; which is very bad thing if we want ot build a better world and a better future.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Loop has already reached more than 1500 school children at ages 11-14; offering them to learn coding through games and fun activities. Our mentors, who are part of the Loop strongly believe that their work is a great investment for the community. Please visit: http://www.loop.org.il/events Promo - https://youtu.be/jepDlQxyhps In less than a year, Loop was selected by several organizations and was presented in different conference locally and globally: - It was selected by the U.S state department to participate in a leadership program in the U.S. - Loop was selected by Stanford University as one of 24 promising social initiatives worldwide among 500 applications – Loop was presented through 6 minutes Ted-style talk in San-Francisco. - Loop was selected to participate in the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit – hosted by the president Barack Obama and the white house in the Silicon Valley. - Loop was selected to participate in a 3-days leadership conference in Ottawa, Canada. Loop's Founder and CEO was selected among hundreds of young entrepreneurs to talk about Loop in front of 1300 attendees. This unique social initiative offers the whole community to become part of the Loop; children, mentors, parents, schools and investors/angels. For more details please visit: http://www.loop.org.il/blog-1 Moreover, Loop provides students in university with scholarships to mentor younger students in the basics of coding apps and websites. When the younger students reach university, they become the mentors, thus completing the loop.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team; 35 volunteer and 6 employees are connected in a special way; Loop's family is becoming larger every day - we strongly believe that everyone of us has the power to contribute and build a better future for the next generation; that is why we invest our time in this project, we share our knowledge with these children so they can face the unknown future. Our team includes: undergraduates university students and computer engineers who work in different leading tech companies. The special concept of Loop makes it more attractive for volunteers to attend our sessions and help to build this initiative. https://www.facebook.com/loopcs