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Attend an Innovator’s Toolkit Workshop

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.

Stay tuned for our next workshop coming in January!

Ever feel as though there are obstacles to innovation in your organization? See an opportunity for change at your organization, but not sure how to develop it?


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Past Workshops:

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



Founded in 2014, UpStart Chicago is home to many of Chicago’s boldest Jewish innovators – people taking big risks to redesign the experience and expression of our city’s Jewish life. Whether you’re starting afresh or want to bring new ideas to your organization, UpStart Chicago is the place to learn, experiment, network, and get the Jewish entrepreneurial tools you need to succeed.

CHANGE ACCELERATOR for Intrapreneurs

The Chicago Change Accelerator supports intrapreneurs in the Chicago area looking to bring innovation and design thinking tools to their organizations. Through group labs and coaching sessions focused on addressing real world opportunities and challenges, Fellows will learn to apply innovation skillsets. At the culmination of the fellowship, participants will build a prototype of a new program or project, applying their knowledge learned throughout the program. Fellows will showcase their new idea at an event with local lay leaders, professionals, and stakeholders. Find out more here.


IMG_6734CHIdush is a collaboration between the Jewish United Fund’s Community Foundation for Jewish Education and UpStart, made possible through the generous support of the Crown Family, The Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, and an anonymous donor. Nine synagogue schools are participating in a series of workshops and retreats, individualized coaching, networking and a customized mini-grant program. Leadership teams at each synagogue are working to develop new mindsets and skills that will empower them to create compelling educational experiences. Find out more here.


ListeningFBBig Jewish ideas. Entrepreneurial tools to help them succeed. The Chicago Accelerator partners with innovative organizations to help transform vision and passion into successful, scalable Jewish social ventures.
Learn more about the program. Meet the Innovators.


DESIGN SERVICES for Established Organizations


Long-standing institutions like to play, too. UpStart works with organizational teams to develop the tools and mindsets needed to generate and test big ideas, build a collaborative culture, and navigate the human dynamics of facilitating change – all guided by the wisdom of our tradition. Current Chicago partners: Chicago’s JCC Network, Jewish United Fund Chicago. Interested in partnering? Write us.

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Aleeza Lubin

Aleeza Lubin, Innovation Lead, Chicago