UpStart is a nonprofit accelerator of innovative expressions of Judaism. 


We exist to design the Jewish future by building Jewish leadership for the world that is coming and creating meaningful Jewish experiences for the world that is.


Through our UpStarter program, we directly impact the Jewish community by accelerating the progress of innovative organizations as they seek to establish viable businesses.

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UpStart employs a number of proven theories and practices of entrepreneurial leadership and business development. We build clients' capacity to create cultures where leadership is distributed and mobilized to discover the most creative, effective and efficient solutions to their most pressing issues. 

We offer services for organizations who are seeking to unlock their creative potential to innovate.

“In most organizations, problems are solved when people in positions of authority sit around the table and plan everything out. What they fail to do is include the people who are part of the problem and can also be part of the solution: the people who are directly affected.” 
--Tova Zucker, a Day School Collaboration Network participant on UpStart's human-centered consulting philosophy

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by artist Lisa Perrin
An article from eJewish Philanthropy

UpStart, which cultivates the most promising ideas of Jewish social entrepreneurs, recently accepted two new UpStarters to its cohort of Jewish innovators- Ketuv, which provides couples with a fine art option in ketubahs, and creates an opportunity for artists, with dynamic careers outside of the commercial and Judaica spheres, to create fresh, quality ketubah art, and Edah, an after-school program with spring and summer-camp options that offers experiential, cutting-edge Jewish learning opportunities for children. They join current UpStarters Amir, A Wider Bridge, Fair Trade Judaica, G-dCast, Kevah, Moishe House, The Kitchen, Urban Adamah, and Wilderness Torah. UpStart helps these new organizations develop and implement their vision, business focus, content, and capacity to innovate so that they can make a lasting and profound impact on Jewish life.

Click here to read the entire article on eJewish Philanthropy.




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