Project Incubator Application


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.

  • Turn ideas into a real, actionable project

  • Get connected to valuable community partners

  • Tailored workshops to help you define your idea, create a plan, and tell your story to maximize volunteer power

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 my action steps and to connect me to potential resources that may help.

  • Participants commit to attending 9 mandatory workshops from 6-9pm. One attendance exception is allowed. Exact workshop dates are tentative but please hold these on your calendar upon applying. If you have multiple conflicts with these tentative dates please still apply and email with your exact conflicts.

    • June 11, 2019

    • July 16, 2019

    • August 13, 2019

    • September 24, 2019

    • October 15, 2019

    • November 5, 2019

    • December 10, 2019

    • January 21, 2020

    • February 18, 2020

  • Participants are required to pitch their project idea at UpDayton Summit on September 19, 2019 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.

  • Workshops after the UpDayton Summit are optional for those who don’t receive UpDayton funding, but attendance is highly encouraged. UpDayton is not required to offer additional assistance outside of the scheduled workshops.

  • 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, 2019.

Name *
With area code and dashes.
If you have one already!
Provide idea/project abstract, goals, and objectives statements below.
How will this make Dayton better?
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.
How many people do you anticipate being involved in the execution of your idea? *
Think per event, rather than total over the course of the year.
What are the deliverables? Think SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).
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.