Labs

UpStart Labs bring people together to spark solutions to our community’s most vexing challenges. Participants with the most promising ideas receive follow-on support to fuel their success in the real world.

"Before the Design Lab, I wasn't planning on launching anything new. But I walked away with a new idea to pilot this year, along with methodologies for facilitating brainstorming and sparking creativity. I've already used one tool in many settings, and it completely changed the atmosphere of our classrooms."

-Rabbi Maura Linzer, participant in UpStart's Design Lab with The Jewish Education Project

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For anyone seeking to spark a solution

Tapping into the hearts and minds of those you serve is challenging…and creating meaningful solutions can be even harder. Design Labs bring together the very stakeholders needed to create bold solutions to communal challenges. Drawing on insights from those most affected, Design Labs empower participants to dream into–and design–the future of their Jewish communities.

These energizing gatherings are for entrepreneurs, institutional leaders, community groups, and others who are seeking to create transformational solutions to the problems facing the Jewish community.

Design Labs are just the beginning…they serve as a spark that kindles some of the best ideas to make our communities thrive. Our Build and Sustain offerings take these ideas to the next level.

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The Colorado Teen Fellowship

The UpStart Colorado Teen Fellowship is a Design Lab that’s lighting up teens in the Denver/Boulder area. Aspiring leaders learn how to generate and test bold ideas to strengthen their local community.

Through the six-month fellowship, a select cohort of high school students:

  • Develop and test new ideas as they build a new venture
  • Create an entrepreneurial community with friends and peers
  • Learn real-world skills including starting a business and design thinking

The program runs from November 2018 through April 2019, culminating in a Fellow Showcase, a unique opportunity for project teams to pitch their ventures to a room of community members, fellow entrepreneurs, family, and friends.

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