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FOR

Startups

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Upward was built by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, with the ultimate aim of accelerating the path to commercialization for promising startup solutions.

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Central to Upward's mission is the activation of urban centers through collaborative programming, inspiring spaces, and community engagementOur startups have a unique level of access - and influence - within each local innovation ecosystem, accelerating their paths to partnership, investment, and hiring top talent across the U.S.

ACTIVATED

Ecosystems

BENEFITS

CLIENT-FIRST APPROACH

Our approach to innovation begins with the identification of business challenges faced by our Fortune-ranked Enterprise Partners. This gives our startups the unique opportunity to directly tailor their solutions to the needs of corporate clients, thereby fast-tracking the commercialization process.

DEAL FACILITATION

Our experienced team facilitates post-pilot commercialization agreements, including: extended pilots, joint ventures, and co-development opportunities.

PILOT DESIGN

Upward’s deep experience in technology pilot design and optimization validates the impact and scalability of startup solutions prior to enterprise or industry adoption. We simplify the pilot process by providing the most relevant initial pilot locations for our portfolio companies.

HIRING SUPPORT

Upward leverages its network of university and community partners to help startups identify and hire top local talent in all areas of expertise.

PROPOSAL SUPPORT

Our expert team supports Upward Network startups with proposal writing and refinement, offering guidance on go-to-market essentials such as product pricing and sales channels, as well as scaling considerations and securing commercialization agreements with key industry clients.

NETWORK ACCESS

We continue to foster new relationships between our startups and relevant Enterprise, University, and Community Partners throughout the Upward Network.

"After a few days at Upward, I immediately felt this is the kind of program that leads you to a significant leap. In a short period, we've managed to execute significant pilots with Hilton, Shelbourne, Lexington Partners, and many more to come. I'm very proud to take part in this amazing program that organizes meetings with many strategic partners who share their knowledge and experience, helping to adapt our product to the market."‬

AVIAD SCHNAIDERMAN, AURA AIR (HARTFORD, CT)

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