Meeting Izhar Shay: The Visionary Behind Next October

July 5, 2024

In the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of Israeli innovation, few initiatives stand out as profoundly as Next October. While visiting the Knesset last week, I had the opportunity to meet Izhar Shay, the visionary founder behind this groundbreaking project. Our discussion shed light on how Next October aims to transform loss into a beacon of hope and progress.

Next October is a project dedicated to honoring the memory of those lost in the October 2023 Hamas War, including Yaron Shay, the 21-year-old son of Izhar Shay, through the power of Israeli innovation. It represents a poignant response from the Western civilized world to the atrocities committed. 

The initiative seeks to create over 1,400 startups to honor each fallen soldier and civilian victim of the October 2023 conflict, dedicated to developing new, innovative products and services that will contribute to a better global future. It ensures that the memory of the victims is not only preserved but also serves as a catalyst for growth and innovation. Each startup will integrate the name and story of a victim into the company.

By emphasizing investment over donations Next October provides a sustainable model for long-term growth and impact. The platform connects startups with investors worldwide to support the Israeli tech industry. This approach guarantees that the legacy of the victims continues to inspire and drive innovation.

My conversation with Izhar Shay was nothing short of inspiring. His dedication to turning a tragic event into a force for positive change is a testament to his visionary leadership. He believes that by fostering innovation and supporting the next generation of Israeli entrepreneurs, Next October can build a legacy of hope and progress that honors the memories of the victims of the October 2023 Hamas War. The initiative stands as a powerful reminder of the resilience and ingenuity of the Israeli people.For those interested in learning more or getting involved, I highly recommend visiting the Next October website and exploring the various ways you can contribute to this impactful movement. Together, we can support a vision of Israel that embraces innovation, honors the fallen, and builds a brighter future for all.