The Change Accelerator

UpStart’s Change Accelerator equips the Jewish community’s boldest leaders with the tools and skills they need to meet the challenge of the current moment – and beyond.


UpStart’s Change Accelerator equips intrapreneurs – the bold leaders making meaningful change within our community’s Jewish institutions – with a set of lifelong skills, tools, and mindsets to adapt to any challenge. This 9-month program will draw on the frameworks of design thinking and adaptive leadership as participants learn to think like an entrepreneur, gaining a new understanding of how to think strategically, change course quickly, and create bold solutions to any challenge they face.

The 9 month Change Accelerator includes:

  • Training: Learning that will draw on the framework of Adaptive Design to help participants address identified challenges
  • Cohort Learning: Facilitated connections to a supportive cohort who will process, brainstorm, and navigate challenges together
  • Funding: Opportunity to apply for R&D grants for experimentation

Meet the bold change leaders selected to participate in the National Change Accelerator in 2021.


The Change Accelerator has previously been a program that was offered free of charge to the community. We’ve learned that when our participants commit a financial investment in their professional development, they show a stronger commitment to the learning and growth through the program.

Scholarships are available. Please contact for more information.

$180 for orgs with budgets under $5M 

$360 for orgs with budgets over $5M

Fee for this 9-month program includes: 

  • Cohort-based learning opportunity 
  • Approximately 30 hours of content, combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Access to UpStart expert facilitators 
  • Required program materials
  • Access to UpStart resources through online Community platform (access continues even after the program ends)
  • Eligibility to apply for up to $1200 R&D grant 
  • Becoming part of the UpStart network and access to ongoing opportunities 




UpStart partners with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. Whether someone is starting a new Jewish venture or reimagining what an existing one has to offer, UpStart gives them the entrepreneurial tools and network they need to build the Jewish community of the future.

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