8200 for small businesses is a 3-month accelerator program for small businesses where mentors who are experts in their field (unit 8200 alumni and senior professionals who are not unit 8200 alumni) offer professional guidance and support on a weekly basis.
The program provides a 360-degree cover of all business needs, and an expert mentor is provided for each area (3–4 mentors for each business). In addition, they get several hands-on business workshops throughout the program.
Following the three months core program period, the businesses are accompanied by a partner-organization specialized mentor for a further 18 months under a detailed workplan.
To leverage the knowledge, skills, and network of Unit 8200 alumni to accelerate small businesses as well as the Israeli economy as a whole, thereby connecting the different parts comprising Israeli society.
The program has completed its first pilot cycle, which began on June 1, 2021 and ended on August 31, 2021. Six businesses completed the cycle, which was successful beyond all expectations; Some figures:
6 businesses, 6 business partners / sponsors, 45 mentors, taskforce members and business consultants, 133% average sales improvement during the program, 40% average sales improvement compared to the same period pre-COVID.
During the program, new or improved digital assets (e.g., websites and business pages on Facebook) were set up for all participating businesses, alongside the implementation of CRM systems, efficient business processes, and purpose-fit dashboards.
Quotes from business owners and partners
Moria Ben Aharon
Natz Natz - Clothing Shop
In its initial phase, the program already provided value and motivated us to want to succeed and take the business forward, knowing that the best minds are with us, giving us their full support. We feel lucky to be part of the program.
SHR, Staffing Agency
I participated in several accelerator programs and this program was absolutely (until now) the best I'd been in – we get down to business without too much theory. The program provided value from the first meeting with the team – manifest in all the consultants' and mentors' active work, they weren't 'all talk
enjoyed taking on the challenges of a person whose wellbeing and livelihood depended on solving them, and finding solutions for them together that upgraded the business within a short period of time, thereby improving the businessowner's mental state as well as their wellbeing and that of their family.
The 8200 Alumni Association (S.M.2) is a non-profit organization, established and managed by senior Alumni of Israel's central intelligence unit. The association focuses on several fields of activity, including educational and community projects, networking among its members, and support for young entrepreneurs in Israel.
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