The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is the largest annual gathering of Jewish community visionaries and catalyzers of change in North America.

This annual convening is just what it sounds like: a Collaborative Laboratory, where a unique cross-section of leaders, ventures, and philanthropists come together to ignite new thinking and seed game-changing collaborations that move the needle on our community’s biggest challenges. The Collaboratory is the only space where this network can support each other in opening up new possibilities, spurring Jewish life to take bold leaps into the future.

The Collaboratory 2020 will bring the best of previous years: high-caliber programming, meaningful networking, and inspiring stories from the field. With seven years under our belt, we’re also exploring new ways to harness the power of this network to push the periphery of what’s possible, and to spur our community to think boldly about the future.

2020 will also be a more intimate, invite-only gathering that elevates the voices of the UpStart and ROI networks. In 2021, The Collaboratory will open back up to a wider audience.

Co-produced by: UpStart and ROI Community

FAQ:

Who is invited?

The Collaboratory 2020 is a gathering for the UpStart and ROI Community networks, as well as select funders invested in the work of Jewish community change. For those invited, we recommend sending up to two individuals per organization. Those team members who have strategic decision-making and/or high-level execution responsibilities will get the most out of the convening.

Why isn’t The Collaboratory open to the public this year?

The Collaboratory has always been an invite-only convening. In 2019, The Collaboratory experienced unprecedented success, with nearly 400 people attending and dozens more still on the waitlist. With seven years under our belt, we felt that it was time to reflect and refine to make sure we’re serving our network. Right now we’re taking stock of The Collaboratory’s success while igniting new thinking about how to take it to the next level.

This year, we’re focusing on bringing together the UpStart and ROI networks, as well as select funders, in a more intimate setting, one geared towards fueling their work and collaboration. We plan to take what we’ve learned from this convening and apply it to a larger one in 2021.

Who is considered part of the UpStart and ROI Community networks?

The UpStart network includes two groups of people:

  1. Anyone who has participated in one of our core Venture programs (Venture Accelerator or Entrepreneur Sprints) as well as members of the UpStart Venture Alumni Network (UVAN).
  2. Anyone who has participated in an UpStart Change Accelerator for institutional leaders.

The ROI Community network includes anyone who has participated in the ROI Summit. The Collaboratory will be particularly valuable for those members of the ROI Community who are entrepreneurs launching ventures in the Jewish community, change-makers at Jewish institutions, or foundation professionals.

Select funders invested in the work of Jewish community change will also be invited to The Collaboratory 2020.

If I am a client or institutional partner of UpStart’s, can I attend The Collaboratory?

The Collaboratory will have a limited number of spaces available on an invitation only basis for institutional partners that are engaged in deep, ongoing work with UpStart.

If I’m not in the UpStart or ROI networks, how do I get an invitation? 

Unfortunately, the 2020 convening is only open to the UpStart and ROI networks, as well as select funders invested in the work of Jewish community change. That being said, we know that The Collaboratory has many committed and aspiring attendees. Our goal is to make some Collaboratory 2020 content available digitally to anyone who wants to access it. Make sure you’re on the UpStart email list here (scroll down to the middle of the page) to stay in the know about all things Collaboratory.

Will there be opportunities to engage with Collaboratory content if I’m not there in person?

Our goal is to make some Collaboratory 2020 content accessible to a wider audience. Sign up for the UpStart email list here (scroll down to the middle of the page) to make sure you’re in the know about both opportunities.

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