Sprints & Workshops

It’s one thing to have good ideas, and another to give them legs. In these dynamic trainings, participants develop their capacity to build successful entrepreneurial initiatives.

“The workshop provides important skills and makes you think mindfully about how to accomplish what you are striving for.”

-Barnett Brickner, Director of Shalem Center, participant in UpStart’s “Playing With Prototyping” Community Workshop

Entrepreneur Sprints +-

For entrepreneurs and those with a new venture

After launch, startups often need additional support to take their organizations to the next level…but that support isn’t always easy to access. Using the tried-and-true building blocks of our Accelerator, entrepreneur sprints guide promising startups in developing proof-of-concept—a way of demonstrating that your initiative actually works.

Entrepreneur Sprints combine immersive trainings and comprehensive support, so our community’s risk takers can test and iterate on their venture. As a result, participants strengthen the match between their offerings and the needs of their target audience. In turn, they set up their ventures for long-term success.

These Sprints nurture entrepreneurs to cultivate the highest-impact organizations for the Venture Accelerator.

Applications to our National Entrepreneur Sprint and New York Entrepreneur Sprint in Collaboration with UJA Federation are closed. Learn more here.

Want to learn more about launching an Entrepreneur Sprint in your community?

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Intrapreneur Workshops & Sprints +-

For individuals with the drive to create institutional change (‘intrapreneurs’)

Our design sprint with UpStart was one of my top ten days as president of this Federation—maybe ever as a Federation lay leader. I am so proud of what happened, how much we learned, and how far we’ve come in bringing a new approach to our Federation thinking. You are helping change our culture.

— President of the Board, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Those working within established institutions often operate in risk- and change-averse environments. They may lack understanding of some of their constituents, and thus have a hard time crafting programs to serve the full spectrum of their communities.

Intrapreneur Workshops & Sprints are experiential offerings that teach participants how to spark and test new ideas to shift their organization’s culture. Participants learn how to use entrepreneurial tools and mindsets to build buy-in across teams and move new ideas forward.

Within a supportive environment, leaders build capacity to take up the mantle of change, lighting the way to a brighter future.

Want to learn more about launching an Intrapreneur Workshop or Sprint in your community?

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Community Workshops +-

For Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders

“I am always able to immediately implement the learning and tools into my own professional and sometimes even personal life.”

— Ted Riter, Founder of Shlaymut, a participant in the 'Playing With Prototyping' Community Workshop

Due to the COVID19 situation, we are not holding Community Workshops at this time. Please check out our webinar series on Strategic Partnerships and Alliances and keep your eye out for more programming in the interim.

It’s never effective (or fun!) to work in isolation. Community Workshops are no-cost opportunities for Jewish professionals and lay leaders to cultivate their entrepreneurial capacity and build an inspiring network of peers. Workshops get participants’ creative juices flowing and teach concrete tools they can bring back to their workplace.

In these highly interactive sessions, participants design solutions to organizational challenges and gain insight from others in the Jewish communal space. Community Workshops inspire a culture that’s optimistic, and that enriches the field for everyone.

Previous offerings include: Honing Your Organization’s Unique Value; Design Thinking Mindsets; Creating Win-Win Partnerships; and Leading Effective Change.

Find an upcoming workshop in one of our Hubs or get notified of upcoming events by subscribing to our list below. Not near a Hub? Contact us about bringing a Community Workshop to a city near you.