Southern California Hub



Welcome to our newest hub! Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Beach, UpStart Southern California empowers local community members to learn, experiment, and collaborate to design new access points to Jewish life. Whether you’re starting afresh or want to bring new ideas to your organization, UpStart Southern California can give you the entrepreneurial tools and network you need to succeed.

Innovator’s Toolkit Workshops – new Los Angeles workshops coming soon! 

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.

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Past Workshops:

  • Leading Effective Change
  • Designing Your Participants’ Journey
  • Designing Programs that People Want

LA UpStart Accelerator Organizations


Big 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 Accelerator.  Meet the Innovators.


Los Angeles Federation Teen Program Accelerator 


The Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative, launched by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and co-funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, asks the question: How might we engage thousands more teens in meaningful Jewish experiences?

The Federation hired UpStart to power the Los Angeles Federation Teen Program Accelerator, a two-year series of workshops, retreats, and coaching sessions to guide local organizations in launching teen programs that bring new and unique value to Jewish teens. UpStart teaches Accelerator organizations how to use proven theories and practices from the for-profit innovation sector to increase their impact.

Contact Info

Are you a Jewish social entrepreneur, Jewish communal professional, or simply interested in Jewish innovation? Reach out.

T: 314.749.5109

Jocelyn Orloff, Los Angeles Innovation Lead