A non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities.

Read what we’ve done in our Annual Impact Report


An Entrepeneurial World

We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community. 

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Every leader in the UP community understands the transformative nature of entrepreneurship and is committed to empowering others around them. These individuals catalyze progress, connect entrepreneurs and supporters, drive innovation, and provide tools for their communities. 

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The Greatest Force Advancing Human Welfare

We believe that entrepreneurs are the leading drivers of prosperity, jobs, and innovation. Without entrepreneurship, we would cease to move forward within our local economies and in our world. With this belief at the core of our organization, we strive to support entrepreneurs and the communities that allow them to thrive in any way we can.

Our journey began in 2007 when Andrew Hyde developed the concept of Startup Weekend in Boulder, Colorado. In 2009, Marc Nager, Clint Nelson, and Franck Nouyrigat acquired the brand and decided to operate as a non-profit with the goal of exposing more people to the transformative power of entrepreneurship. Since then, we've become a global presence in over 500 cities and we've catalyzed the entrepreneurial journey of over 150,000 aspiring innovators.

Now that we’ve grown and watched the entrepreneurial movement unfold, we aim to help create and sustain strong communities through programs, resources, and a powerful network of leaders.

Our Vision: A world in which every person has the opportunity to experience and become an entrepreneur.

Our Mission: Improve the global human condition by amplifying the efforts of startup community leaders and their ability to create and sustain flourishing entrepreneurial communities around the world.

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