Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday the recipients of the Genesis Generation Challenge prizes for 2015. The competition, which aims to support “innovative projects that are guided by Jewish values with the aim of addressing the world’s pressing issues,” was won by nine teams, four of them from Israel.
Each winning team will receive $100,000 to implement their initiatives, and will be matched with a mentor to assist in the development of their respective projects.
Two thousand individuals from more than 12 countries registered for the competition, with 113 projects submitted. The projects focused on areas such as public health, education, cross-cultural exchanges and poverty alleviation.
The winning teams include Prize4Life, an Israeli non-profit organization looking to develop an app that will help monitor ALS disease markers, Build Israel and Palestine (BIP), a U.S.-based platform bringing together Jews and Muslims to partner in development projects in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as well as Spark, an organization in Burundi involved in reaching out to rural poor communities and assisting them in implementing their own social impact projects.
The Genesis Generation Challenge was spearheaded by Bloomberg, who, after being awarded the inaugural Genesis Prize in 2014, billed as the ‘Jewish Nobel,’ used the $1 million prize money to establish the challenge.