Here are some questions we often get asked. Don’t see yours on the list? Contact Sarah at 
[email protected]

Why is this program now a part of UpStart?

PresenTenseU.S. is officially a UpStart! As of April 28, PresenTense’s U.S. programs have transferred to UpStart, part of our shared vision to create a one-stop resource for Jewish innovation under the UpStart umbrella. Find out more: www.upstartlab.org/onestop

Over the next few months, you’ll start seeing some changes to the language and look of PresenTense U.S. platforms, including a shift to UpStart branding. However, don’t expect to see any changes to the quality of our programs – we’ll still be delivering on our promise to empower Jewish innovators to boldly take on the challenges facing our community. Stay tuned!

Do I need to have an idea to apply to the Fellowship?

A full-fledged idea is not needed to apply. Please choose an issue you’d like to address and outline a preliminary idea in your application. The idea you apply with does not need to be final. If you’d like help with this process, please contact Sarah Cohen at [email protected] or by phone at 720.541.9272.

What makes a good Fellow?

Fellows are Jewish high school students who display the following characteristics:

  • Commitment to pursing an idea that will engage, leverage, and inspire their community
  • Interest in learning valuable tools and making important connections
  • Appetite for innovation
  • Openess to feedback and change
  • Willingness and ability to participate fully in all components of the program

Who decides who is admitted to the program?

PresenTense Colorado is a community-based program, and therefore, decisions will be made by our Student Advisory Board and Steering Committee. These groups are made of up community members with a variety of backgrounds, skills, and experiences. They are all passionate about furthering innovation and engagement in Denver, Boulder, and surrounding areas.

Are there other ways to get involved if I don’t want to apply as a Fellow?

Yes! If you’re a student, you can join our Student Advisory Board.

If you’re an adult, you can volunteer as a Steering Committee member, Subject Matter Expert, or Coach. Feel free to join our mailing list to stay informed about the Fellowship happenings, attend our Fellow Showcase, or contact us to learn about other ways to get involved with the program.