Early Stage Learning

UpStart's entrepreneur programs offer targeted support at every level.

Taking your initiative from a bold idea to a powerful force in Jewish life can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know the basics of venture development or aren’t quite ready for an intensive cohort program. Over the last few years, UpStart has supported dozens of early-stage ventures as they test out their ideas and see what sticks. And this year, we’re launching something entirely new–free, open access early stage learning for anyone with a bold idea and the chutzpah (gall) to give it a try.

We built these self-directed webinars, activities, and resources around the needs of the early-stage entrepreneur–it’s flexible, accessible, and provides additional resources as your venture changes and grows. And it focuses on the most critical topics for early-stage ventures from developing proof of concept (a way of demonstrating that your initiative works) to financial readiness. You can move through the learning at your own pace and at any time.

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What can you expect from participating in early stage learning? Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate your value – identify your organization’s unique value and target audiences
  • Develop customer journeys – challenge your assumptions about what your audience needs
  • Refine your value proposition – know the difference between your mission and your vision, and refine your venture’s offerings
  • Create win-win partnerships – learn to develop authentic and strategic partnerships and amplify your impact
  • Build solid budgeting skills – create a budget with corresponding cash flow projections
  • Design your financial model –  feel comfortable presenting and explaining your financial model and story
  • Pitch your venture – speak confidently and compellingly about your mission and gain support

Plus, upon submission of your completed work from the learning, venture leaders also have the opportunity to unlock the following additional resources:

  • Peer Support – Opportunities to connect with peers, share challenges, and elicit feedback to support your venture’s progress towards benchmark goals.
  • Funding – Access to a pool of unrestricted grant funding and a learning process to enhance your ability to articulate your business model. Must meet eligibility requirements for grant funding.




Anyone with a bold Jewish idea and access to a computer can participate in this self-directed learning. Additional eligibility requirements must be met to receive grant funding. To find out whether this program is right for you, view the criteria and eligibility guidelines.

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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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