Bay Area Hub

UpStartBAIMG_2107(1)UpStart was founded in 2006 as an answer to an unseized opportunity in the San Francisco/Bay Area – courageous entrepreneurs were taking big risks to redesign Jewish life, yet few of them had the resources or support needed to accelerate their success. Since then, the Bay Area has transformed into a hub of Jewish innovation and a model for communities nationwide.

UpStart’s Bay Area Hub serves as our national headquarters, as well as a vibrant hub for Bay Area programming.


UpStart’s Innovator’s Toolkit Workshops are no-cost, experiential learning opportunities for anyone looking to expand their capacity for “out-of-the-box” strategic thinking. Innovator’s Toolkit workshops bring together a community of Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders for a hands-on, collaborative learning experience focused on integrating the best of the business, entrepreneurship, and Jewish non-profit worlds.


Bay Area - Design Thinking Mindsets Innovator's Toolkit Workshops
Design Thinking Mindsets
Facilitator: Samantha Zellman, Upstart Design Strategist, Bay Area

Design Thinking provides a range of tools to ignite creativity, propel rapid results, and encourage positive organizational culture. This experiential workshop will support participants in learning the mindsets that lead to being more playful, positive, creative, and courageous in their work and life.

Participants will:
  • Learn the language, habits, and mindsets of Innovation
  • Identify the obstacles to innovation in their organizations
  • Walk away with ideas and approaches they can apply in their work and life
  • Feel inspired & connected to a larger community facing similar challenges and opportunities
San Francisco: November 28, 2017 at 10am-1pm (RSVP required)
Google Community Space, 188 The Embarcadero, Downtown San Francisco
Palo Alto: November 29, 2017 at 10am-1pm (RSVP required)
Freidenreich Conference Center (F401), Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


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Past Workshops:

  • Managing Win-Win Partnerships
  • Leading Effective Change
  • Designing Your Participants’ Journey
  • Designing Programs that People Want


LeahJanThe UpStart Accelerator partners with innovative organizations to help transform vision and passion into successful, scaleable Jewish social ventures. Since 2006, we’ve accelerated the success of sixteen Bay Area organizations.

Meet our Bay Area Innovators.

Learn more about the Accelerator.



Are you a local entrepreneur, business innovator, or Jewish professional? Reach out.

UpStart Innovation Lab at the Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
T: 650.264.7323


Samantha Zellman, Design Strategist, Bay Area