UpDayton Project Incubator
We believe in the power of everyday citizens who rise to the occasion of doing something instead of sitting on the sidelines complaining about what needs to change. All you need is the desire to do something bigger than yourself and UpDayton will guide your path on how to make a difference. The UpDayton Project Incubator helps you build a volunteer-powered community project using the social issues, causes and anything you’re passionate about seeing happen in Dayton.
Vectren Foundation | Gosiger Foundation | Better Business Bureau of Dayton
University of Dayton Center for Leadership | The Entrepreneurs Center
Our signature program is designed for community members to transform community project ideas into action and includes a pitch at the UpDayton Summit. Applications are accepted year-round. Individuals or teams accepted into the incubator are part of a cohort-like environment building relationships with like-minded changemakers.
Turn ideas into a real, actionable project
Get connected to valuable community partners
Develop leaderships skills and a more connected community
Tailored workshops to help you define your idea, create a plan, and tell your story to maximize volunteer power
This program provides those with an idea to better the Dayton community with:
Workshops to better define, plan, promote, and achieve their project idea.
An opportunity to pitch their idea at the UpDayton Summit to gain volunteers, connections to community partners and resources and a chance to win $1,500.
Ideas are voted on by Summit attendees. Two winning ideas will be awarded $1,500 and UpDayton support for up to a year.
Workshops continue after the UpDayton Summit for all accepted participants. (For those who do not win at the UpDayton Summit, UpDayton is not required to offer additional assistance outside of the scheduled workshops).
A maximum of 10 applicants will be accepted into the program. Teams are permitted and will be considered as one project application. (Max of two people from a team can pitch together at the UpDayton Summit)
UpDayton is seeking individuals who have an idea to better the Dayton community. Ideal applicants want to discover how to make their idea a reality while learning valuable skills along the way. We want people who are:
Passionate about making Dayton a better place
Self-aware, acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses
Willing to grow and develop their leadership skills
Team players, willing to work with others to solve problems
Able to be both self-motivated and rely on others for help
Want to lead a core team of 3-4 highly committed volunteers
Open to partnering with other organizations/individuals in the community
Project Idea Criteria
Ideal projects for the UpDayton Project Incubator Program are those that better the Dayton community and help Dayton become a better place to live, work, and play.
We want project ideas that:
Can demonstrate results/action within a 12-month time frame, from idea to completion. If part of a larger initiative, think about a small baby step you could take to make progress.
Build a better Dayton.
Fill a need for the community, solve a problem.
Have a personal connection to the project leader, or a strong “why” for the project idea
Create the opportunity to engage a variety of volunteers, with varying degrees of involvement
Inspire volunteers and the community at large.