The Jewish Future Is Now

April 3, 2017 | Atlanta Jewish Times By Michael Jacobs The Collaboratory is the least known and hardest to explain of the recent rush of national Jewish organizations meeting in Atlanta, but it might be the most important for the future of American Jewry. The Collaboratory is where Jewish social entrepreneurs show great ideas about how […]

Interview With Aliza Mazor

March 5, 2017 | It’s Who You Know! The Podcast This podcast episode focuses on the merger between four Jewish innovation organizations, Bikkurim, Upstart, Joshua Venture Group, and the US programs for PresenTense as announced through E-Jewish Philanthropy. Listen here. Aliza Mazor is the Executive Director for Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas, a joint project of Jewish […]

UpStart Accelerator Applications Now Open

December 14, 2016 | Boulder Jewish News Leading engine of Jewish innovation seeks 10th Cohort of Game-Changing Organizations Applications opened on December 6th for the UpStart Accelerator, the Jewish community’s leading engine behind the success of early-stage, innovative Jewish organizations. Since 2006, UpStart has served as a launch pad for nearly forty Jewish organizations, including: Moishe […]

Four Innovation Organizations Merge

November 29, 2016 | Oregon Jewish Voice Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group and UpStart are consolidating into a single organization – UpStart – to serve as the central resource for Jewish innovation. The newly envisioned UpStart will also include the current U.S.-based programs of PresenTense. The four organizations currently provide the Jewish community’s leading support services […]

Four Orgs Merge Programs to Lead Next Stage of Jewish Innovation

November 23, 2016 | The Jewish Voice On Thursday, November 10, UpStart, Bikkurim, and Joshua Venture Group announced that they are consolidating into a single organization – UpStart – to serve as the central resource for Jewish innovation. The newly envisioned UpStart will also include the current U.S.-based programs of PresenTense. The four organizations currently provide […]

Four Groups Join Forces To Help Start-Ups

November 22, 2016 | The NY Jewish Week  When Rabbi Sara Luria founded ImmerseNYC, which aims to make the mikvah a pluralistic, open and welcoming space for Jews across the spectrum, she needed some financial and logistical support. A veteran community organizer, who had trained as a birth doula before entering the rabbinate, the Brooklyn […]

Three Jewish nonprofit incubators to merge

November 10, 2016| jWeekly.com Three Jewish nonprofit incubators, including San Francisco-based UpStart, have joined in an entity to be called UpStart. The others are Bikkurim and Joshua Venture Group, both in New York. The new UpStart also will include the U.S.-based programs of PresenTense. Founded in 2006, UpStart nurtures innovative Jewish community ideas, with an […]

4 Jewish innovation organizations consolidating

November 10, 2016| JTA Four Jewish organizations will combine to form a single organization to be a central resource for Jewish innovation. UpStart, Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group and U.S. based-programs of PresenTense announced Thursday that they will consolidate to form one entity. The new entity, to be called UpStart, will provide services and resources to […]

Four Organizations Merge to Lead Next Stage of Jewish Innovation

November 10, 2016| eJewish Philanthropy UpStart, Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group, and U.S. based–programs of PresenTense consolidate to be central resource for Jewish Innovation UpStart, Bikkurim, and Joshua Venture Group are consolidating into a single organization – UpStart – to serve as the central resource for Jewish innovation. The newly envisioned UpStart will also include the current […]

Three Questions Innovators are Asking This Year

October 21, 2016 | eJewish Philanthropy By Jaime Rapaport Barry Just a week after Yom Kippur, many of us still have more questions than answers in our hearts. The process of cheshbon hanefesh – an accounting of one’s soul – rarely yields simple, executable solutions. Rather, this annual process of immersing with ourselves frames the questions […]