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


➡︎ 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.

If you participated in an ROI or UpStart leadership development program, only the participant in that program is invited to attend. Programs that fall into this category include:

  • ROI Summit
  • UpStart Change Accelerator
  • UJA Intrapreneurship Fellowship
  • sJe Field Accelerator

If you participated in an immersive program specifically designed for a venture, you can send 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. Eligible venture programs/networks include:

  • UpStart Venture Accelerator & Entrepreneur Sprints
  • UpStart Venture Alumni Network (UVAN)

Funders are invited by invitation only and are selected based on their knowledge, participation, and support of the field.

Several local stakeholders will be invited to join the convening for the Opening Night Celebration.

➡︎ 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 (top of the page) to stay in the know about all things Collaboratory.