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    The only cooperative community for and by entrepreneurs

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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

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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

725

Entrepreneurs Served

698

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
Mentor
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

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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 20205/21/21 Online
Entrepreneurship AcademyWinter 20214/16/21Boston, Oakland, San Francisco
Freelancer CourseWinter 20215/14/21Boston, Oakland, San Francisco
Explore Your Idea CourseWinter 20215/14/21Boston, 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
Leading a Business Course Oakland June 7 05/15/2020 12 weeks
Create Good Jobs Course Online June 8 05/15/2020 6 weeks Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.
Financial Forecasting Course Online June 9 09/04/2020 6 weeks Naima McQueen
Sales Essentials Course Online June 7 01/08/2021 6 weeks
Sales Essentials Course Online June 10 01/08/2021 6 weeks
Building Operational Capacity Course Boston June 9 01/08/2021 12 weeks Victoria Downes
Building Operational Capacity Course San Francisco June 8 01/08/2021 12 weeks
Building Operational Capacity Course Oakland June 9 01/08/2021 12 weeks Mike Gabriel
Creating a Business Roadmap Course Oakland June 8 04/16/2021 12 weeks Thomas Rosenberg, Viola Ncube, Jeem Sirivar
Creating a Business Roadmap Course Boston June 8 04/16/2021 12 weeks George Blount, Rachel O’Neil
Creating a Business Roadmap Course San Francisco June 9 04/16/2021 12 weeks Sarita E. Evans, Sarita L. Evans
Pricing Strategies Course Online June 7 04/16/2021 6 weeks Rani Langer-Croager
Pricing Strategies Course Online June 10 04/16/2021 6 weeks
Explore Your Idea Course Oakland June 7 05/14/2021 6 weeks Fyodor Ovchinnikov
Explore Your Idea Course Boston June 7 05/14/2021 6 weeks Taelyr Roberts
Explore Your Idea Course San Francisco June 10 05/14/2021 6 weeks Marcus Thomas
Freelancer Course Oakland June 8 05/14/2021 6 weeks Wendy Martinez Marroquin
Freelancer Course San Francisco June 8 05/14/2021 6 weeks Suzanne Yada
Freelancer Course Boston June 8 05/14/2021 6 weeks Joëlle Fontaine, Charles Irving Henderson
Freelancer Course San Francisco June 10 05/14/2021 6 weeks Kathren Murrell Stevenson
Be Your Own Boss Course Online June 8 05/21/2021 4 weeks Nicole Middleton
Funding a Business Course Oakland June 10 09/04/2021 12 weeks Lesa Hammond, Ph.D.
Funding a Business Course Boston June 10 09/04/2021 12 weeks

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