• Welcome to Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative

    The only cooperative community for and by entrepreneurs


Welcome to Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative

The only cooperative community for and by entrepreneurs

Own Your Future

Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative provides holistic and culturally relevant education, advising, and community to support diverse entrepreneurs in creating thriving businesses in service to their communities. Learn more about our programs.

Member Success Stories


Following Her Passion:
Ariana Marbley

Ariana Marbley founded Esscents of Flowers, an Oakland-based floral business. Through our relationship with The Runway Project and Kiva, Ariana was able to raise $30,000 to create a mobile floral business. Find out how Ariana got started.

A Modern Lemonade Stand:
Vicktor Stevenson

Vicktor Stevenson founded Gourmonade, a San Francisco-based gourmet lemonade business. Vicktor learned the art of bartending in order to apply mixology in creating unique lemonade flavors. Find out how Vicktor to turn his concept into a permanent lemonade stand.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: YaVette Holts

YaVette Holts founded the Bay Area Organization of Black-Owned Businesses (BAOBOB), a network for black-owned businesses. Find out how BAOBOB helps businesses and customers be intentional with how they spend their money, keeping dollars circulating within the African-American community.

What members are saying…

It was truly the single most important class that I have ever taken without exaggeration—including my formal academic graduate work. I’ve never before been in a class that so instantaneously established that it was critical to bring your complete self to the table in order to succeed. It is profound, what this “seeing of yourself”, can produce—clarity, confidence, and drive.

Anisha Desai, Radical Ceremony

Uptima Business Bootcamp came into my life right as I needed it. I was in the process of starting a creative business and was for the first time representing people other than myself. In a short time, I’ve been able to wrap my head around fundamental concepts necessary to embark on an endeavor of this magnitude and have found a supportive community of social entrepreneurs looking to do the same thing.

Brian Bergeron, Ivy Hill Entertainment

As someone who has started a few business ventures in the past, including a nonprofit organization and a national consulting practice, being a part of Uptima Business Bootcamp helped take Prof360 to a different level. In a large part, because of Uptima Business Bootcamp Prof360 is being built on a solid foundation that will ensure our ongoing success.

Lesa Hammond, Prof360

It is like getting an MBA in 9 months.  The program offers exceptional curriculum and business tools unavailable to most small business owners.  That combined with the carefully selected, inspiring and supportive business owners makes the program unparalleled to anything currently available.

Uptima’s Impact


Entrepreneurs Served


Jobs Created

$ 5,730,346

Funding Received by
Businesses We Support

Our Mentors

Wendy Martinez Marroquin
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Freelancer Course – Oakland

Wendy Martinez

Joëlle Fontaine
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Freelancer Course – Boston

Joëlle Fontaine

Taelyr Roberts
Launching a Business Course – Boston

Taelyr Roberts

George Blount
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Creating a Business Roadmap Course – Boston

Ivellisse Morales
Lead Instructor & Mentor

Ivellisse Morales

Mike Gabriel
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Know Your Numbers Class – Online
Building Operational Capacity Course – Oakland

Mike Gabriel

Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Funding a Business Course – Oakland
Create Good Jobs Class – Online


Naima McQueen
Lead Instructor & Mentor
Funding a Business Course – Oakland
Financial Forecasting Class – Online

Naima Mcqueen

Upcoming Courses

ProgramEnrollment PeriodApplication DeadlineLocations
Be Your Own Boss CourseFall 202010/30/2020 Online
Entrepreneurship AcademyWinter 2021 1/8/2021Boston, Oakland, San Francisco
Freelancer CourseWinter 2021 1/22/2021Boston, Oakland, San Francisco
Explore Your Idea CourseWinter 20211/22/2021Boston, Oakland, San Francisco

The Community Network Effect

One of the most powerful things about our accelerator is our community network. The network is a valuable resource that connects you with a diverse community of peers, mentors, and partner organizations who will support you throughout your entire entrepreneurial journey.

Upcoming Courses

Courses/Classes Location Starts Apply By Duration Mentors
Manage Your Numbers Course Online March 31 05/15/2020 6 weeks
Know Your Numbers Course Online April 1 09/04/2020 6 weeks Mike Gabriel
Brand Your Business Course Online March 29 01/08/2021 6 weeks Ivellisse Morales
Brand Your Business Course Online April 1 01/08/2021 6 weeks
Go to Market Strategy Course Oakland March 29 03/05/2021 6 weeks Fyodor Ovchinnikov
Go to Market Strategy Course Boston March 29 03/05/2021 6 weeks J Gustavo, Taelyr Roberts
Go to Market Strategy Course San Francisco April 1 03/05/2021 6 weeks Marcus Thomas
Freelancer Course Oakland March 30 03/05/2021 6 weeks Wendy Martinez Marroquin
Freelancer Course San Francisco March 30 03/05/2021 6 weeks Suzanne Yada
Freelancer Course Boston March 30 03/05/2021 6 weeks Joëlle Fontaine, Charles Irving Henderson
Freelancer Course San Francisco April 1 03/05/2021 6 weeks Kathren Murrell Stevenson, Jessica Ayden Li
Be Your Own Boss Course Online March 30 03/19/2021 4 weeks Nicole Middleton

Upcoming Events

Own Your Future