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UpstartED is a Canadian education non-profit that seeks to transform the mental health, educational and employment outcomes of equity-deserving students. Our programs use an evidence-informed changemaker framework through which students learn to identify and tackle a problem in their own life, home, school, community or society. By doing so, they develop their sense of identity, belonging and agency which ultimately allows them to own their future and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey

Our Mission

Our Story Began in 2016

UpstartED began in 2016 as a local, volunteer-based initiative catering to the needs of Montreal's urban youth. From day one, we were driven by these fundamental questions: 1) who is it that we want to serve; 2) what needs are not being met and why; and 3) how do we best serve them? Our ability to adapt to the needs of our communities - and society as a whole - has allowed us to bloom into who we are today: an education nonprofit serving equity-deserving students, educators and communities in five Canadian provinces. 

All children have infinite potential.
We offer equitable access to programs that allow that potential to bloom.

UpstartED was born out of the need to give young people equitable access to transformative learning experiences that will better prepare them for the future. We prioritize serving federally and provincially funded schools, learning centers and community centers, focusing first and foremost on historically marginalized and economically disadvantaged communities. Through our work, we contribute to the following Global Goals: Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Partnership for the Goals. 

Our commitment to social impact

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Our Impact

2016 - 2017

MTL Upstarts Bootcamp

2018 - 2019

2017 - 2018

Youth2Tech Conference

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2019 - 2020

upGen Workshops

upGen Bootcamp

upGen Accelerator

2020 - 2021

You(th) Explore 

upGen Workshops

upGen Bootcamp

upGen Accelerator

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E-nnovate Together Challenge

Since UpstartED's inception in 2016, our organization has gone through several important transformations. We invite you to take a look at our events and programs over the years to see how our programs have evolved.

Our programs have evolved over the years

2021 - 2022

You(th) Explore 

2022 - 2023

You(th) Explore 

Seasons of You


- Impact by the numbers -

students and educators served

- Our reach -


schools and centers

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Our work is made possible thanks to funding partners who share our values and vision

Cindy Fagen, Managing Director - Labs Canada at SAP

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Our programs are currently live in Saskatchewan, Québec, British Columbia and the Yukon

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Don't see a pin with your province on the map? We would love to bring our programs to you nonetheless! Send us an email so we can talk more about it.

Want to engage with us?

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