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UpStart’s venture programs elevate the Jewish community’s boldest entrepreneurs and their groundbreaking ventures to their next stage of growth.

Below, find everything you need to know about the Venture Application, including:
About the Venture Accelerator
About Entrepreneur Sprints
Eligibility and Criteria
Sprint and Venture Accelerator Application Process
Informational Webinars

ABOUT THE VENTURE ACCELERATOR

The UpStart Venture Accelerator elevates the Jewish community’s boldest entrepreneurs and their groundbreaking ventures to their next stage of growth. The 18-month intensive program provides a select cohort with the training, connections, and funding to activate a plan for sustained growth and impact. The 18-month intensive program includes:

  • Training – Convenings and coaching focused on your organization’s progress towards benchmark goals.
  • Connections – Facilitated connections to our network of consultants, advisors, funders, and alumni, as well as to a cohort of inspiring and ambitious peers.
  • Funding – Access to up to $100,000 per organization in unrestricted funding. Participants encouraged to use funds on experimentation towards scaling growth and impact.

ABOUT ENTREPRENEUR SPRINTS

Entrepreneur Sprints are short, immersive training programs designed to nurture entrepreneurs and cultivate the highest impact ventures. Over the course of six months, Sprints utilize select curricular elements from the Venture Accelerator to guide early-stage ventures towards developing proof of concept and amplifying their impact.

  • Training – A two-day, in-person convening focused on supporting leaders with the tools and frameworks to support the growth of their ventures.
  • Customized support – Individualized coaching focused on your venture’s progress towards benchmark goals.
  • Funding – Access to $2,500 in unrestricted funding through a learning grant process designed to enhance your ability to articulate your business model

ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA

Criteria for Entrepreneur Sprints & Venture Accelerator Applicants
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ENTREPRENEUR SPRINT APPLICATION PROCESS

Round 1: Written application focuses on how your organization Meets a Need, makes a Unique Contribution to Jewish Life, has a Vision for Growth, and has Dedicated and Effective Leadership. Application will request evidence of financial health, engaged stakeholders, and evidence of impact. (See Eligibility Criteria for details.)

Application Opens: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Application Closes: 

Round 2: Semi-finalists will participate in a virtual interview to answer questions from the selection committee.

Finalists Notified: TBA

VENTURE ACCELERATOR APPLICATION PROCESS

Round 1: Written application focuses on how your organization Meets a Need, makes a Unique Contribution to Jewish Life, has Vision for Growth, and has Dedicated and Effective Leadership. Application will request evidence of financial health, engaged stakeholders, and evidence of impact. (**see below for additional information on selection criteria).

Application Opens: January 8, 2020
Application Closes: 

Round 2: Semi-finalists will submit a slide presentation elaborating on the organization’s strategy for scale and sustainability (template to be provided).

Semi-Finalists Notified: TBA
Application Closes: TBA

Round 3: Finalist organizations are required to have a member of their leadership team attend a virtual interview, where they will present their organizational strategy using the Round 2 submission, and answer questions from the selection committee.

Finalists Notified: TBA
Interviews: TBA
Acceptance Notification: TBA

INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS

UpStart will host Informational Webinars to review eligibility criteria, provide insight into the program’s requirements, and answer your questions about the application process.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:00 AM /11:00 AM MT / 1:00 PM ET
Wednesdays, January 15, 2020 1:00 PM PT / 2:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM ET

After January 15, a video of the webinar will be available online for viewing, should you choose to not attend the live meeting.

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