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.
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.
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.
Palestine - Startup Weekend Organizer
I want to prove to the world that from Nablus, a 3rd world city in a country under occupation, something Big can happen and we can make change and impact and help the whole world with our creativity and innovation. There is huge potential and great minds here. We did Startup Weekend twice in the city and it was a great kick for the entrepreneurial scene and movement in the city – there’s a mentality shifting here for students and the community.
Florida - Startup Weekend EDU Organizer
The red-tape of the teaching profession has led to this group of folks who are passionate about teaching — but who are treated like robots, given scripts to read in class, who have to teach tests and spend half their time filling out papers. Things like Startup Weekend Edu provide the catalyst they need to walk into those classrooms and take control back.
Nashville, TN, USA - UP Community Leader
All leaders, even in Fortune 500 companies, need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s about using entrepreneurship as a method coupled with an international focus that will be the critical success factor for future business leaders. The goal is taking entrepreneurship to the world. Entrepreneurship is a driver for social and economic change.
Prince George, B.C. - Startup Weekend Organizer
What I love most about Startup Weekend is that no matter what stage you are at in your venture there is something for you at Startup Weekend because there is always something to learn about yourself when you interact and collaborate with others.