youth to upstart the(ir) future.
We are a Canadian nonprofit whose programs equip students between the ages of 12 to 18 with the mindsets and skills required to become responsible innovators who build a better world, for all.
We help youth discover their potential and channel it towards making an impact.
Our programs are designed to help youth recognize that they have infinite potential and that they are capable of making an impact in their communities. Once we develop students' confidence and sense of agency, we empower them with the skills and knowledge to engage with complex social and environmental challenges. This is done through hands-on, real world projects where failure is a welcome part of the process.
Safe and brave spaces
Coaching and mentorship
Join an environment that is inclusive, free from judgement, generous and diverse.
Receive personal and professional support to grow into an empowered social innovator.
Tech for good
Learn how to leverage disruptive technologies for social good.
Prepare for life after school by building a portfolio and a professional network.
Challenges that matter
Work on real world challenges that align with the United Nations SDGs.
An extended family
Gain a new support network made up of people of all ages who share your vision.
Our programs are designed to scale access to transformative educational experiences.
We believe that every young person should be given access to transformative educational experiences that help them explore the impact that they want to have in the world. Accessibility is at the heart of our learning design process. This is why we build programs that can meet young people where they are: in classrooms, community centers, in their homes and even at work.
MEETING YOUTH WHERE THEY ARE
Never heard of social impact or social innovation before? 🤷🏽♀️
Want to learn how to solve complex social challenges? 👯
Do you have a social impact idea that you want to build? 🚀
Go to upGen Accelerator
Are you a serial social innovator who wants to tackle a new challenge? 🧗🏾♀️
Go to E-nnovate Together
Pratham Mehta, 16 years old, UpstartED alumni
"The skills and knowledge
I acquired will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Since becoming part of the UpstartED community, Pratham has developed a web solution tackling data security on the internet. He has also launched an app that helps employees whose jobs were terminated because of COVID-19 to find new work opportunities. This is just the start of his social impact journey.
We aim for sustainable impact by empowering educators.
In addition to our student-facing programs, we also work with forward-thinking institutions to design transformative learning experiences. Explore our professional development, strategy and learning experience design services to see how you can build future-ready schools, teachers and students.
Our supporters recognize the need to spread educational accountability.
We are very lucky to collaborate with organizations that share our values and believe that all young people have the potential to build a better future starting today. These companies engage with students by providing them with real-world challenges as well as offering coaching and mentorship opportunities.
Cindy Fagen, Managing Director - Labs Canada at SAP
schools & community centers
of our students* acquired skills and knowledge not being taught in schools.
*2019 - 2020 cohort
Have you listened to our Candid Coffee podcast yet?
Working in the social impact space, our team at UpstartED is privileged to engage in thought-provoking conversations on a daily basis. The Candid Coffee Podcast is a space for honest reflections and conversations around how we can empower young people to become innovators who engage with the complex challenges of our world in a responsible, inclusive and sustainable way.