Launch solutions to the world's complex challenges
The Accelerator is the final phase of the upGen Program. Over the duration of 4 months, students go through the process of validating and building their solutions with the guidance of coaches from the local corporate and startup communities. For many of our students, the accelerator is the first step in their journey to building a future they want to live in.
Accelerated learning and growth in preparation for the real world beyond school
The upGen Accelerator is designed to be an accelerated learning and personal growth journey for students who want to affect positive change in the real world. It combines technology and entrepreneurship education with social emotional learning in order to prepare youth for the future.
Growth in self confidence and an understanding of capabilities that go beyond the traditional academic measurement of success
What can young people expect to get out of it?
Increased social capital by learning and working with equally passionate peers, and by interacting with senior coaches and mentors
Access to the resources - people, tools and knowledge - they need to kickstart their innovative solutions (including after graduating from the program)
Enabling youth to use technology responsibly, ethically and sustainably
The upGen Accelerator aims to build a new type of entrepreneur: one that uses technology responsibly, ethically and sustainably. As students build their Minimum Viable Product and get ready to take their solution to market, we embed the following principles into their learning journey:
Ethics in Artificial Intelligence
Data privacy and transparent use of data
Environmental, social, and psychological impacts of technology
Connecting teams to a curated ecosystem of resources that scaffolds their success
The upGen Accelerator gives young people the opportunity to discover the resources available to them in their local tech and social innovation ecosystems. These resources not only empower our young innovators to successfully build out their ideas; they set them up for success beyond school by helping them grow their personal networks.
Subject matter experts from leading organziations
Physical accelerator HQ
Workshops in startup and corporate spaces
Our students are currently tackling social challenges in retail, cybersecurity and healthcare
The 2020 cohort has officially started! We are currently developing six social startups in the healthcare, cybersecurity and retail industries.
An AI mental health solution for teens that helps them track, understand and cope with their negative emotions
An AI-based web platform that allows users to submit and identify deep fake videos
A web platform that allows consumers to rent sustainable brands while educating them on how to transition awat from fast fashion
A desktop app that informs you of the privacy settings of all the services that you have subscribed to and allows you to control how your data is shared
A web platform that allows consumers to exchange clothes and reduce textile waste
An app that allows users to understand and protect how their data is being used online