A free entrepreneurship program for women and people of color

 



A free entrepreneurship program for women and people of color

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS


UpStart & Synergy Coworking present

Moving from Unconscious to Conscious Connections

In this interactive workshop we’ll explore how cultural values shape our attitudes and beliefs, and affect our behavior.


July 26 | 5 p.m. Food Carts Arrive, 6-8 p.m. Workshop

Synergy Coworking, 5201 Old Middleton Rd., Madison, WI, 53705

We’re all influenced by our preferences and biases. Our challenge and goal is to understand bias to reduce its influence on how we make decisions and build relationships. We also need to notice our micro aggressive behaviors and learn to shift them toward micro inclusion. By uncovering the impact of personal background, experiences and cultural environment; natural people preferences; preferences for certain types of information, stereotype threat and the impact on behavior, examining personal tendencies, we can discover ways to focus on turning ideas and strategies into practical everyday solutions that build conscious connections to those in our homes, workplaces, schools and communities.

We’ll engage in scenario analysis, self-reflection, discussions and maybe even a little role play to accelerate learning and behavior change. Participants will be given a participant guide for note-taking and reference.

Speaker Information

Because she is known for her calm, level-headed approach, Deborah Biddle’s clients seek her deep wisdom and ability to help them zero in on their goals to move toward achievement. As founder and consultant of High Performance Development Solutions, Deborah brings over two decades of business leadership, talent development, diversity and inclusion, non-profit and financial planning and analysis experience.

For a full bio and to learn more about High Performance Development Solutions, visit hp-development.com.
 

Why UpStart?

It takes more than a good idea to start a successful business. Issues like accounting, financing and marketing may seem overwhelming and connecting with the right resources can be challenging. WARF's free UpStart program can help.

UpStart:
  • Connects you with area professionals and other aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Helps you gain the skills you need to launch your business
  • Works with you to establish strategic goals and identify next steps
 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants should reside in or near Madison, WI and surrounding communities
  • Business ideas should be considered a legal business in Wisconsin 
  • Applicants should self-identify as a woman and/or person of color
  • Applicants should be supportive of an inclusive learning environment



Whatever your background, UpStart welcomes you

People with interests ranging from farming to real estate, personal services, mobile apps and more have benefited from WARF's UpStart program.

Each cohort includes motivated individuals from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Participants with GEDs to Ph.Ds learn from each other and share their own ideas and experiences.

Learn more about UpStart

See a sample class schedule
Download a brochure

Questions?

Contact us at upstart@warf.org or 608.263.2500.

 



Fall 2017 Class Information

Classes will be Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
September 12 through November 14
Discovery Building


Building Community

The UpStart community is always growing. Current participants and graduates come together several times a year to connect and network, including an annual celebration dinner, allowing students to engage with each other, alumni of the program as well as instructors and other partners.

Graduates reap the benefits of the program’s strong reputation in the Madison entrepreneurial community and can leverage relationships to start or expand their businesses. 

 



Whatever your background, UpStart welcomes you

People with interests ranging from farming to real estate, personal services, mobile apps and more have benefited from WARF's UpStart program.

Each cohort includes motivated individuals from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Participants with GEDs to Ph.Ds learn from each other and share their own ideas and experiences.

Learn more about UpStart

See a sample class schedule
Download a brochure

Questions?

Contact us at upstart@warf.org or 608.263.2500.

     



Fall 2017 Class Information

Classes will be Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
September 12 through November 14
Discovery Building


Building Community

The UpStart community is always growing. Current participants and graduates come together several times a year to connect and network, including an annual celebration dinner, allowing students to engage with each other, alumni of the program as well as instructors and other partners.

Graduates reap the benefits of the program’s strong reputation in the Madison entrepreneurial community and can leverage relationships to start or expand their businesses. 

 

"The blend of robust resources and knowledgeable guest speakers was invaluable. I would highly recommend UpStart to anyone looking to turn an awesome business idea into an authentic business plan."

  – Roxie Hentz, UpStart participant  

 

Partner with UpStart

We invite local groups to partner with UpStart to help your community and foster new business.

Current Partners:

 

Interested in supporting entrepreneurship?

Contact us at upstart@warf.org or 608.263.2500 for information about becoming a partner.