WELCOME TO CONNECTUP!

Powering Connections and Investments for Underserved Entrepreneurs

About ConnectUP! Institute

We Advance Underserved Communities through Capital and Capacity Building

ConnectUP! Institute is a social finance and enterprise development studio. We provide education, consulting and collaboration on innovative social finance as well as enterprise development for entrepreneurs from underestimated communities.

ConnectUp! For Entrepreneurs

ConnectUp! For Investors

ConnectUp! For Community Partners and Entrepreneur Support Organizations

Meet Our team

Passionate. Skilled. Proven.

Our team of skilled experts provide education, consulting and collaboration on innovative social finance as well as enterprise development for entrepreneurs from underestimated communities.

Big News

Lunar Startups Joins ConnectUP! Institute

We are thrilled to announce that ConnectUP! Institute has acquired the Lunar Accelerator program, developed by Lunar Startups! Learn more about how our organizations are coming together to foster a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and drive community wealth for founders in our community. 

SUPPORT OUR WORK THROUGH DONATION

Building a Thriving Business Ecosystem for Underinvested Communities begins with You.

You have the power to help us continue supporting the entrepreneurs you know and love in the community. 

Hone your hustle and build structure around your creative or freelancer business endeavors! Join local small business experts, investors and other, like-minded creators and self-starters for our first-ever Mini-Summit in April 2024! 

2023 ConnectUP! Summit

Join us at the Wilder Center in St. Paul April 14-15 for two packed days of learning and networking with entrepreneurs, investors and community partners!

Help Us Reach Our $10,000 Give to the Max Day Donation Goal!

Join us for #GivetotheMaxDay this year as we gear up to provide more funding, programming and resources for the local entrepreneurs that bring life to Minnesota with their unique small businesses.