About the UpDayton Summit

The annual UpDayton Summit is a launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects. At the event, over 300 participants vote to decide which project pitches will receive seed money and the support of UpDayton for up to one year.

Examples of past winning projects include The Longest Table event, the #DaytonInspires campaign and selfie wall, purchasing and installing 70 bike racks in business districts and neighborhoods in the Dayton community, and many others.


New for 2019!

Introducing the UpDayton project incubator

We’re updating our project process and are excited to bring you the new UpDayton Project Incubator. The UpDayton Project Incubator is a 9-month program designed for young leaders to transform community project ideas into action and includes a pitch at the UpDayton Summit.

Individuals or teams that participate in the incubator will be part of a cohort-like environment building relationships with like-minded changemakers. Attend a series of workshops to help define a project, create a plan, and tell a story to maximize volunteer power and resources.

See how you can make a difference with the UpDayton Project Incubator.




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