Entries by Katia Kobylinski

Taking on Entrepreneurship: Leaving a Steady Job and Building “Community Connect”

Community Connect Consulting is a Chicago-based project management consulting company providing a consolidated approach to creating sustainable and dynamic organizations. Led by Becky Adelberg, a passionate connector and shining star of the Jewish non-profit world in Chicagoland, Community Connect Consulting will help you develop effective programming, foster community relationships and establish a long-term vision for […]

The Art of Risk-Taking: Creative Strategies to Facing the Uncertain

Los Angeles last month saw the largest annual gathering of Jewish community visionaries, activists, and catalyzers of change in North America, led in partnership by UpStart and ROI Community, the Collaboratory. This year’s topic of the Collaboratory was ‘The Art of Risk Taking’. The ability to navigate risk is one of the most useful skills […]

The Story of MI POLIN: Being a Jewish Entrepreneur in the Contemporary Poland

MI POLIN is the first Polish Judaica company since World War II. It was founded by Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar in 2014 to design and produce contemporary Judaica from Poland with the mission of making Judaism tangible.  Katia Kobylinski talked with Helena and Aleksander about what it means to be a (Jewish) entrepreneur in the […]

Peers, Mentors and Angels: 3 Whys to Develop Your Venture in an Incubator

From January to May this year, I was lucky to be part of the JCC Chicago’s social entrepreneurship program Seed613 where I was working on my start-up ‘creative: for good’, which connects millennial artists with non-profit organizations for meaningful advertising. Just like with most things in life, you don’t know what you have until it’s […]

613 Seeds of Social Entrepreneurship in Chicago: Bringing Advertising to Nonprofits & Other Ideas

613 is not only the number of mitzvot that we find in the Torah or the number of seeds that we find in the pomegranate, a symbol of fruitfulness, knowledge and wisdom, but it is also the name of the JCC Chicago’s social entrepreneurship incubator, Seed613. Seed613 promotes social entrepreneurial initiatives designed to meet the needs […]