Project Incubator Application

We accept applications year round with a February 28 deadline for the given year.

Project Incubator Requirements

  • Projects must demonstrate results/action within a 12-month time frame, from idea to completion. If part of a larger initiative your idea should be a smaller-scale, baby step towards progress.

  • It is your responsibility to put in the work to make your idea a reality. UpDayton's responsibility is to guide your action steps and to connect you to potential resources that may help.

  • Participants commit to attending mandatory workshops from 6-9pm. One attendance exception is allowed. Exact workshop dates are TBD for 2020.

  • Participants are required to pitch their project idea at UpDayton Summit in the fall 2020 date TBD and attend dress rehearsal prior.

  • UpDayton support for projects that win at the UpDayton Summit receive additional support of UpDayton resources for up to one year from the Summit.

  • Participants that win at the UpDayton Summit will be required to review and sign an UpDayton Project Agreement detailing the support provided.

  • Not all participants will receive funding from the UpDayton Summit. Participants that win at the Summit are required to attend remaining workshops or they forfeit the support of UpDayton and funds.

  • Meeting all deadlines before the UpDayton Summit is mandatory and materials/deliverables for the summit will be provided in workshops. Materials/deliverables must be completed and provided to UpDayton by the established deadlines. If materials are not presented in a timely manner, this will result in removal of your project idea from the UpDayton Summit Pitch.

  • Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than May 1.

Name *
With area code and dashes.
What is your gender? *
What is your ethnicity? *
Employer and job title.
Highest degree or level of school you have completed? *
List their names. Up to four total. Type N/A if you are currently a team of one.
Explain your project vision and what it aims to achieve.
How will this make Dayton better? Why should we care?
Why do you want to do this project?
Type N/A if this does not apply to you.
Type N/A if you have not executed/taken action on this project yet.
Type N/A if you won't need more than $1,500 in capital.
What are the deliverables? Think SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).
Are you collaborating with an existing nonprofit or organization? Do you have a business offering support?
What roles can others play in helping with the project?
I have read the applicant and project criteria & the above Project Incubator Requirements and filled out the application to the best of my knowledge/ability. *
I acknowledge that it is not UpDayton's responsibility to make my idea happen, but to guide my action steps and to connect me to potential resources that may help.