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Meet the 2017 Cohort!


Andy Brown
Camp Nadav

Andy Brown is a lifelong St. Louisan with a 25-year history of directing and owning both secular and Jewish summer camps. He is passionate about Jewish summer camp because he has seen firsthand the power of a Jewish summer experience to solidify a child’s Jewish identity. A 1983 grad of Ladue High School, Brown received his Master of Social Work from Washington University. Brown and his wife of 25 years, Stephanie Zetcher Brown, have 4 kids ranging in age from 15-22. Brown and his family live in Clayton.

Camp Nadav is a new twist on the traditional Jewish summer camp. Camp Nadav aims to serve a segment of the population that either cannot afford traditional Jewish camp or who do not have the time available in the summer to commit to one month. Traditional Jewish camp is based primarily on a 4 week experience and the cost is in excess of $1,000 per week. Camp Nadav offers a 1 week camp priced under $500. This “low cost, short stay” Jewish camp is based on the traditional “church camp” model used successfully by many other religious institutions. Camp Nadav was founded on the belief that all Jewish children should have the ability to experience Jewish summer camp.

Venture Stage: Growth

Anna Altman
Train Your Inner Warrior

A 17-year veteran of the fitness business, Anna Altman fell into women’s-girl’s fitness purely by accident.

After a 10-year career on the professional stage as a classical actress in NYC, Anna was asked to create a small group training program for members of the New York Health and Racquet Club. The program took off and Anna became the “go-to” gal for women’s fitness, doing videos for Livestrong, Buzzfeed, and the Active Times. Not long after, Anna moved from NYC to her home town, St. Louis, and founded Train Your Inner Warrior, which is dedicated to facilitating young women reaching their potential through exercise and affirmative behavior toward themselves and other women.

Train Your Inner Warrior was founded on the principles of changing mindset to bring about positive change to one’s body and enhance one’s sense of spirituality. The brand seeks to reach young girls and women, to build, or in some cases rebuild confidence, physical and emotional strength and stability through small group workouts. It is the goal of Train Your Inner Warrior to create apps, interactive – school  curriculum based group workouts, and interactive live workouts for young Jewish women, who may not otherwise have ways of reaching or being reached with such information.

Venture Stage: Growth

Carla Freiman Feuer
The Corner Office

Carla Feuer is a seasoned marketing and communications professional and co-author of Talking a Good Game: a Guide to Sports Talk in the U.S. Workplace, a book inspired in part by her real-life work experiences. Feuer also is a dedicated community volunteer, serving the Jewish and general communities including Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Temple Israel, House of Genius, Mentors 4 College and others.

The Corner Office will be a chain of suburban business lounges providing convenient, affordable meeting and work space for established professionals who use coffee shops as temporary offices. To be located in or near the suburban retail clusters and major roadways this demographic frequents, The Corner Office more closely addresses the needs and wants of men and women who work from home or perform a majority of their work away from the office.

Venture Stage: Early

Nancy (Nix-Rice) Litz
Components Clothing System

Nancy has spent 25 years as a stylist and personal shopper, helping women build wardrobes to maximize their appearance and their budget. She authored the book LOOKING GOOD…Every Day – a consumer favorite and image consulting textbook for FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC. Former VP of the Assn. of Image Consultants Int’l, she presents workshops for women’s groups across the country and writes a weekly blog series – “New You in 52”.

Components Clothing System fills the gap career women encounter in fashion retail – made-to-order classic separates in a full range of colors and sizes at affordable prices. Expert style guidance and intentional mix/match options mean 12 garments can create up to 96 outfits. Customized fit and easy-care, comfort-stretch fabrics make dressing for work easy. Components Clothing System is made in the USA from eco-friendly American fabrics and provides living-wage jobs for disadvantaged women.

Venture Stage: Early

Paul Sorenson
Jewish Neighborhood Center 

Paul Sorenson is the Founder of GoodMap, which helps nonprofits share information online, and the former Director of Strategic Planning at Grace Hill Settlement House in North St. Louis City. Paul served as a FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellow, focused on racial equity in the region, and was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” in 2014. He is passionate about helping establish sustainable Jewish center in the City with a focus on equity, diversity and cross-community exchange. He represents this project on behalf of a team of seven young Jews who are proud to call the City their home.

The Jewish Neighborhood Center (JNC) is a home base for Jewish life in the City of St. Louis that benefits the entire St. Louis region. Their mission is to build an inclusive Jewish space in the City that fosters connection by enriching the community’s spiritual, cultural and social life. JNC is renting an old synagogue close to the Botanical Gardens that is being renovated to offer event space, meeting space and a central home to connect existing Jewish institutions and new community ideas.

Venture Stage: Early

Shelley Dean
Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach

Shelley Dean, mother of four young children, has a mission to bring joyful Judaism to Jewish people of all ages and at all levels of their Jewish involvement. Shelley’s gift of ruach (energy) took flight while participating in Livnot U’Lehibanot, a three month Israel program. When her “Pintele Yid” was reignited, there was no stopping her desire to share her ruach. She brings her passion to every program she engages in. Shelley knows that it is joyful Judaism, through music and other means, which will create Jewish continuity. As a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, her greatest mission is to be part of the revitalization of the Jewish people.

Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach is a Parent/Child music program that is connecting children to Hebrew and Jewish music. Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach is a weekly opportunity to spend joyous, quality time with your kids, grandkids or loved ones, celebrating songs and rhythms that will follow them throughout their growing years. Each class teaches and reinforces fundamental building blocks and skills, as we learn together the music of our culture through interactive play, dance, story and listening. Rhythm ‘n Ruach is looking to find a home in every Jewish community.

Venture Stage: Growth

2015-2016 Ventures

Rozzy Learning Company

Yaira Gordon, co-founder of Rozzy Learning Company, participated in JFACE in 2015/16 and was awarded funding through the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition.

Rozzy Learning Company is an educational company that designs children’s books and curricula to teach children ages 3-9 about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). To date, they have published one children’s book, Maggie the Magnifying Glass, and created a Jewish curriculum, known as DISC (Discovering Israel through STEAM Careers). DISC teaches about STEAM careers in Israel, in an effort to teach about Israel through a modern lens.

Want to learn more about this venture or be connected with the innovator? Contact Emily Bornstein at