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The Ira Ingerman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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The late Ira M. ingerman was a successful businessman, mainly in the field of real estate with a background in finance. An American Zionist who loved and contributed a lot to Israel, his main connection to Israel was through Ben-Gurion University. Ira believed in the importance of acquiring an education and saw great importance in the academic study of skills related to entrepreneurship, and in learning personal resilience and leadership through trial and error. For many years he awarded scholarships to students from Israel and from abroad who came to Israel to study at BGU.

Ira hoped that all the students from abroad whom he helped to come and study at the university would return to their countries at the end of their studies and become ambassadors of Israel in their country.

Ira was a loving, dedicated and humble person. He came from a family of immigrants who did not get a formal education and he built his businesses with his own hands. As a person who saw supreme value in education and education for excellence and entrepreneurship, we are excited to award the entrepreneur of the year award named after Ira M. Ingerman. There is no more worthy person than him to celebrate and recognize entrepreneurship and innovation.

Welcome to the 2024 Ira Ingerman Entrepreneurship Award!

The Award, presented by Yazamut360 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is now accepting applications for its inaugural competition. Do you have a successful entrepreneurship project that you would like to be recognized for? Are you a leader and role model among your peers? If so, we encourage you to apply for this prestigious award.

For the second time, Yazamut360 entrepreneurship center will present an award to excellent entrepreneurs!


 The successful entrepreneur has initiated, founded, and created a new endeavor/ entrepreneurial project.

The student's venture must be up and running and must have a clear benefit and contribution to a cause

Students must be consistent, exemplary role models and have demonstrated true leadership in their endeavors

Why submit?



Recognition and visibility: 


Winning the award can be a great way for students to get recognition for their hard work and to showcase their projects to a wider audience. It can also be an opportunity to build a professional network and make connections with other entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts.


Financial prize of $5,000



Career benefits: 


Participating in the award competition and being a finalist or winner can be a valuable addition to a student's resume and can help them stand out in the job market. 


Personal growth: 


Participating in the award competition can be a great learning experience for students, whether they win or not. It can be a chance to get feedback on their projects, to learn from others in their field, and to challenge themselves to think creatively and push the boundaries of what is possible.

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Dr Karny Ilan, founder of FemiAi
is the winner of the 2023 Ira Ingerman award.
She was also recognized by Forbes 30under30, later that year.

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Is that going to be you?

Selection and review Process:

The top three finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges of the Yazamut360 team, in collaboration with external judges from the university management.

Finalists will be presented to BGU President and the final three candidates will be shared and approved by the Ingerman family.


If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest news and events related to the award by following us on our social media channels.

The award Terms & Conditions

We look forward to receiving your application and potentially featuring your project at the award ceremony. Thank you for your interest in the Ira Ingerman Entrepreneurship Award at Yazamut360!


The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is in its second year and has been established in the memory of Ira M
Ingerman, a long-time benefactor of Ben Gurion University and a successful entrepreneur in his own right who
believed in the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to improve the lives of others. He believed
that in order to create a better world, we need to have courage to take risks and resilience to persevere
through obstacles to achieve our dreams. The intent of the Award is to encourage and reward an “outside the
box” approach to solving problems and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit among student leaders at Ben
Gurion University.

The Judges

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Buzi Raviv

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Dana Gavish

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Michel Rottem
Head of the  "Lab" program 

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