UpLift, Apply Now: UpLift brings entrepreneurs the next-level resources, expertise, and funding required to lift ventures to the next stage as they work to prove their concept.

Applications for the Spring 2024 Cohort close Monday, March 4, at 9 AM ET. UpLift Applications for the Summer 2024 Cohort close Monday, June 17, at 9 AM ET.


Expertise – A virtual interactive cohort model cohort atmosphere with self-paced learning modules featuring topics including “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” and “Funding Readiness and Storytelling.”

Community– A radically human-centered environment includes Peer Learning Pods, Critical Colleagues feedback sessions, and ‘live’ virtual gatherings with Cohort members and experts.

Funding – Upon successful completion of the UpLift program, participants will be eligible to apply for an early-stage grant package, which includes $3000 in funding, personalized coaching sessions to advance their venture, and admittance to the UpStarter Network (a robust community of 145+ entrepreneurs and ventures solving some of our community’s biggest challenges).


UpLift by UpStart is for visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs navigating the early stages of their ventures and who are ready to take their ventures to the next level.



UpLift is about growing market traction, stakeholder base, and stakeholder engagement.

  • Know: Articulate the components of a successful business model (operating, revenue, and impact models) for your venture.
  • Feel: Establish confidence in connecting to a community of peer problem solvers, creating a strategic plan, and telling your venture’s story. Take your budgeting and financial management to the next level to pursue more funding opportunities.
  • Do: Diagnose the strengths and opportunities for growth within your venture and your wider ecosystem to stabilize and grow.


  • Develop a community for continuous learning
  • Foster peer connections


See UpLift FAQs for more information, and join us during UpLift office hours on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 4 PM ET.

For a preview of the eligibility questions that will be asked and the information you will need to provide during the application process, please click here.


UpStart’s vision is that Jewish communities will be thriving hubs of innovation, building a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future.

As such, we aspire to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that models this future, embodying and driving toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. In order to achieve this, we commit to developing entrepreneurial leaders and ventures that can acknowledge, account for, and disrupt systemic inequities as they build new Jewish initiatives while also removing barriers and increasing opportunities for historically marginalized communities to access entrepreneurial and philanthropic resources. Should you have any questions or concerns related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, please email Whitney Weathers, Managing Director of People Culture & Equity, at whitneyw@upstartlab.org.

If you have additional questions regarding UpLift by UpStart, please contact our team at ventures@upstartlab.org.


The UpLift program is entirely virtual. You will need access to a computer or tablet with a camera and a reliable internet connection to participate. You must be technologically able to navigate the Google suite of tools (Google Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, and Jamboard) and navigate an online learning platform. We can support accessibility needs and provide training on navigating the Google Suite of tools and Learning Platform to support your participation in the program if needed. Additionally, this program is taught and facilitated in English, so English proficiency at a high school graduate level or equivalent is required. Accommodation requests can be sent to accessibility@upstartlab.org


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