UpLift Eligibility Screen

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Thank you for your interest in applying to UpLift: An Early Stage Sprint. The Eligibility Screening period is now open and runs continuously for ongoing cohorts.  

Please be sure to check our website for cohort dates, their relevant Eligibility Screen submission dates, and program information sessions.

UpStart aspires to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that embodies and drives toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Our commitment to diversity in programming can be found here.

UpStart is also committed to being fully inclusive in our process. Please see below for instructions on how to submit video messages in place of written responses. Any further accommodation requests can be sent to accessibility@upstartlab.org.

To prepare for this screen:
  1. Set aside approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete this screen. Our intention is for you to use documents that you already have. We do not expect you to create new documents for this portion of the process.
  2. Review the venture and leader eligibility criteria to better understand how your submission will be reviewed.
  3. Video submissions are allowed in place of any long-form written response. To submit a video response, you will need to record a video and save it in a way that can be accessed by someone outside of your organization through a URL. Please paste the URL of your video response directly into the corresponding answer’s text box. (You may use any platform you desire to record your video. Some recommendations include Vimeo, Zoom, and Google Meet.) For technical support saving and/or sharing videos as a URL, please contact allisond@upstartlab.org.
Contact Information
Program Participation
Mission Alignment

At Early Stage UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • Venture can articulate the impact it seeks to achieve through a mission and or vision statement
2. Please indicate what makes your work supportive of a thriving Jewish community. This could be from meeting a specific need of the Jewish community AND/OR meeting a community need Jewishly.


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At Early Stage UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • Venture is evaluating the initial impact and or contribution it makes (or will make) to a Thriving Jewish Community
Value/Growth Strategy
3. Please share evidence that shows how your venture articulates and arrives at your value proposition.


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At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • Venture is actively testing understanding of the challenge for which the venture seeks to solve
  • Venture is exploring the work of others in the field to understand how to best situate themselves as having a unique offering
  • Venture is working to articulate their primary audience
  • Most users of the offering are new, and no reputation has formed towards the venture's value
Impact
4. Please share evidence indicating how you know that the need you seek to address is a prevalent need.

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At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • The venture is beginning to articulate the importance of regularly examining community needs for the sake of evaluating its impact
  • Preparing to use basic surveys to understand satisfaction of participants
Financial Model
5. Please share evidence that your venture is financially stable at this stage. a. Fill in the following fields:

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At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • The venture has received its first grant/contract at an amount that can shift organizational planning
  • The venture can cover expenses for one full offering cycle, through a combination of the following:
  • Cash-on-hand
  • Revenue
  • List of grants/contracts signed or secured
Team/Leadership
6. Please share evidence that your venture has sufficient people and leadership to support the work at this stage.
a. Fill out the following:
Full-Time Staff Member
At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true: -The venture has more than one staff person doing the work of the organization -Staff may not be full-time -The venture staff hold responsibilities across multiple functions of the work

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At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true: - The venture leader takes on more significant work to move the venture forward -The venture has more than one staff person doing the work of the organization --Staff may not be full-time -The venture staff hold responsibilities across multiple functions of the work

At Early Stage, UpStart understands the following to be true:
  • The venture is considering developing an official board
  • The venture has some grouping of people who are “advising” the work
Venture Information
The following questions ask about your venture. This helps us to understand whether our programs and events are effective for our venture audience.
Venture Headquarters
If your venture has multiple satellite locations, please select where your headquarters are located.

Example: USA
Example: Midwest
Example: Illinois
Example: Chicago, Illinois



The following are Venture Stages as defined by UpStart: 

Idea Stage
The idea stage is the first step to starting a venture. A seed has been planted and some ideas are beginning to be tested. The social entrepreneur is still asking questions about the landscape and the market. They have emerging ideas about the social problem they hope to address and can describe what they hope their social impact might be.

Early Stage
Experimentation, exploration and testing are key in the early stage. Some ideas from the idea stage have come to fruition and others are still being developed or refined. The development of the venture and the skillset of its leader in this stage vary widely. The venture may have secured some investors or have a minimalist structure in place. The venture has a clear understanding of the social problem it exists to address and can articulate how it’s activities will lead to positive change.

Growth Stage
Ventures at Growth Stage are focused either on planning for growth or stabilizing at their current size. For any particular venture, this may be demonstrated through steady revenue, an advisory board, formal staff structures, establishing partnerships and collaborations and proven social impact. This stage also involves looking further into the future, such as developing a sustainability or strategic plan for the venture. This stage of the venture comes with a decision point about growth: is the venture preparing to grow and scale at this point? The venture is beginning to be able to understand and demonstrate its social impact using evaluation practices.

Mezzanine Stage
A venture in this stage has achieved a certain level of maturity and possibly a significant financial footprint.  In the context of UpStart, a venture in the mezzanine stage may need support with an innovation or adding projects to an otherwise established operation. Elements of the organization may return to the Early or Growth stage of the pipeline. At this stage the venture is not only able to demonstrate its social impact but is using measurement, evaluation and learning practices to inform decisions that improve and deepen its work.

If you need further assistance identifying your stage, please refer to our "What is Your Stage" quiz here!

Individual Information

This section asks some questions about you personally. This helps us to understand whether our programs and events are effective for all participants.

Identity
Completion of this section is optional and does not impact our decision on your selection. We use this information to understand whether our programs and events are effective for all participants (and to understand and plan when our programming falls short). This information will be confidential and used for general reporting purposes without identifying individual responses.



Geography
UpStart would like to understand whether you are located in the same place as your venture headquarters. Please fill out the following based on your home location.
Professional Information