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Jewish Founders and Funders

Join our entrepreneurial group aimed at fostering innovation and growth within the vibrant Puget Sound tech community. Led by 10-time serial tech entrepreneur Ron Wiener and spiritual leader Rabbi Levi Farkash of the Chabad of Bellevue and Director of Eastside Jewish Business Network, we proudly present the establishment of the first "Founders and Funders" group specifically for venture-scale startup entrepreneurs and early-stage investors in the Pacific Northwest.

​Our mission is simple yet powerful: to cultivate a thriving ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs and promising startups by providing not just financial support but also mentorship, guidance, and a network of invaluable resources.

​At the heart of our group lies a commitment to uphold the values of community, collaboration, and progress. We believe in harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit while staying true to our Jewish heritage, creating a dynamic space where innovation meets tradition.

​Whether you're an innovative startup seeking funding or an enthusiastic investor passionate about making a meaningful impact, we invite you to be part of this exciting journey. Together, we'll drive innovation, support groundbreaking ideas, and pave the way for a brighter, more innovative future.

Meeting structure

General meetings are held at the Venture Mechanics Startup Launchpad in Bellevue on a monthly basis. Social events are planned around certain Jewish holidays.

Each monthly meeting will include a presentation from one to three startups, plus a presentation from a philanthropic cause that is in some way connected to the Jewish-American or Israeli communities. We may have a keynote speaker from time to time. 

Meetings generally take place on the second Wednesday of every month (with exceptions, check calendar), from noon to 2pm, at 14110 NE 21st St in Bellevue.

Criteria for membership

While the majority of the JFF's members are Jewish, involved in the tech industry, and living in the Puget Sound region, none of these attributes are a requirement for membership. We welcome all allies. We also welcome members of the other diversity groups based at Venture Mechanics to cross-pollinate and build bridges between these groups. 

Sponsorship opportunities

Our founding sponsors are Venture Mechanics and The Chabad of Downtown Bellevue, but we invite others with interest in potential sponsorship to reach out to the group for more information. 

Come and be a part of this transformative venture as we embark upon this incredible journey. Together, let's build, innovate, and shape the future.


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