UpStart is the right place for your venture if it is responsive to community needs and you (and your team) are willing to learn or refine how you do things. Your venture also needs to work with a Jewish lens and align with the UpStart values and organizational vision. Before joining the Venture Accelerator, your venture should have a clear area of focus, although UpStart can play a role in refining the specific social problem you seek to address.
*UpStart is different from other entrepreneur support organizations. Although financial sustainability is crucial for the success of a venture, how your social venture operates needs to go beyond revenue and expenses. Operational and strategic decisions that you make should align with your venture’s intended social impact.
Your venture is eligible for the Accelerator if:
Additionally, your venture may be a good fit if you fit the descriptions below:
You are the right fit for UpStart if you lead with curiosity and value learning and growth. You are passionate about addressing a social problem and you have a clear vision for a more equitable future. You are determined and able to persevere through the inherent ups and downs of starting and sustaining a venture. If this sounds like you, UpStart can provide you support to build your skillset to give your social venture the best chance at success.
Your venture leader is eligible for the Accelerator if:
Additionally, you may be a good fit if you fit the descriptions below:
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. UpStart is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals in all of our programs. We are committed to a fair and respectful evaluation process for every applicant and strive to remove barriers and increase opportunities for historically marginalized communities to access entrepreneurial and philanthropic resources. Should you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to Whitney Weathers, Managing Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Whitneyw@upstartlab.org
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