UpStart Network of Innovators

On July 1, 2017, Bikkurim, Joshua Venture Group, and the U.S. Programs of PresenTense merged into UpStart, creating a one-stop shop for Jewish innovation. Now, the UpStart network includes hundreds of organizations bringing fresh approaches to the realms of spirituality, education, community-building, social change, the arts, and Israel engagement. Below are many of the organizations now part of the network. See a map of the full network.

Bikkurim Alumni

Bikkurim was founded in 2000 as an incubator for new Jewish ideas. For seventeen years Bikkurim helped to launch and nurture some of the most creative ideas in Jewish life, before merging with UpStart in 2017.  Below are some of the alumni of the Bikkurim incubator and Atid Hazak. 

Avodah

National

Encounter

New York, NY

Footsteps

New York, NY

Hazon

National

ImmerseNYC

New York, NY

jGirls Magazine

New York, NY

Keshet

National

Lab/Shul

New York, NY

Limmud NY

New York, NY

Matan

New York, NY

Mechon Hadar

New York & Israel

Sharsheret

National

The Shefa School

New York, NY

Yad HaChazakah

New York, NY

Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Program
Organizations and Alumni

The Dual Investment Program, started by Joshua Venture Group (JVG), launched its first cohort of fellows in 2001. Now part of the UpStart family, the Dual Investment Program serves as an intensive platform tailored to the needs of a small cohort of fellows. Below are some featured alumni of the Dual Investment Program.

Alicia Jo Rabins

Girls in Trouble

Alison Laichter

Jewish Meditation Center

Amy Tobin

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

Chana German

Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

Dana Keil

Room on the Bench: A Project of Luria Academy of Brooklyn

Daron Joffe

Elana Naftalin-Kelman

Rosh Pina

Matt Bar

Bible Raps

Mitch Braff

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

Nati Passow

Jewish Farm School

Rabbi Rigoberto Emmanuel Viñas

El Centro de Estudios Judios Torat Emet

Rachel Nussbaum

The Kavana Cooperative

Risa Alyson Cooper

Shoresh

Sarah Lefton

BimBam

Tikvah Wiener

The Idea School

Tobin Belzer

Zelig Golden

Wilderness Torah

PresenTense U.S. Alumni

Founded in 2005, PresenTense Group equipped people and institutions with the principles of innovation, the wisdom of Jewish values, and the power of a shared community to develop creative solutions for a vibrant and engaged future. Below are some of the ventures launched through PresenTense programs.

30 Years After

Los Angeles, CA

Challah for Hunger

Philadelphia, PA

CharacTours

Philadelphia, PA

Ivrit with Ivry

New York, NY

Jewish Kids Groups

Atlanta

Jewish Plays Project

National

Jewish Studio Project

Bay Area

JQ International

Los Angeles

Knock Knock Give A Sock

New York, NY

Makom Community

Philadelphia

Marriage Minded Mentor, LLC

Bala Cynwyd, PA

Moed

Philadelphia, PA

No Shame On U

Chicago

Om Shalom Yoga

Los Angeles, CA

OMGWTFBIBLE

New York, NY

Open Siddur Project

Cincinnati, OH

OTD Meetup

New York, NY

Tech Tribe

Brooklyn, NY

The “I Am” Project / Proyekt “Ani”

New York, NY

theatre dybbuk

Los Angeles, CA

Tkiya

Brooklyn, NY

Unchained At Last

Westfield, NJ

UpStart Accelerator Organizations and Alumni

Founded in 2007, the UpStart National Accelerator has accelerated the success of 38 of our community’s most innovative organizations.

30 Years After

Los Angeles

A Wider Bridge

Alum

At The Well

Bay Area

BimBam

Alum

Edah/Studio 70

Alum

Embodied Jewish Learning

National Cohort

Eshel

New York

Fair Trade Judaica

Alum

Fuente Latina

Jerusalem, Madrid, Miami

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

Bay Area

Jewish Enrichment Center

Chicago

Jewish Kids Groups

Atlanta

Jewish Plays Project

National

Jewish Studio Project

Bay Area

JLens

Alum

JQ International

Los Angeles

KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad

Chicago

Kevah

Alum

Libenu

Chicago

Makom Community

Philadelphia

Mishkan Chicago

Chicago

Moishe House

Alum

No Shame On U

Chicago

Olive Tree Arts Network

Chicago

Or HaLev Center for Spirituality and Meditation

Israel

Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning

Chicago

Pico Union Project

Los Angeles

Project Beyond

Alum

Rosh Pina

Alum

SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

Chicago

The Kitchen

Alum

The Open Temple

Los Angeles

Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Urban Adamah

Alum

Wilderness Torah

Alum

ZABS Place

Charlotte