Skip to content

ConnectUP! Institute

ConnectUP! Institute is an Elevate Hennepin business advisor offering up to 25 hours of services at no cost, including:

  • Business operations
  • Communications strategy & development
  • Business strategy
  • Business growth development
  • Business structure and modeling
  • Financial management development

We provide community, content, connections, and capital for businesses 0-10 years old that are non-tech. We focus on supporting you in developing your ‘back office’ through three critical areas of business growth and development: operations, communications, and financials.
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.

In addition to our no-cost services, we offer the following paid programming:

  • Lunar Startups Accelerator
  • Capital Readiness Accelerator
  • BossUP Circles (90-minute workshops)
  • ConnectUP! Summit
  • Digital learning content


We advance underserved communities through capital and capacity building.

Schedule a consultation

Meet one-on-one with ConnectUP! Institute to assess your best next step.

Elevate Hennepin Advisor badge


Access to Capital, Advisors and consultants, African American or Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, Financial management, Lending resources, Social impact businesses, Women


African American or Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, Social impact businesses, Women


Early growth businesses (1-9 employees), Idea stage businesses, Second stage businesses (10+ employees), Startup businesses (0 employees)


Speaks English, Speaks Hmong, Speaks another language

Show all resources

Get connected to professional resources, tools, and guidance from business experts.

Upcoming ConnectUP! Institute events

2024 ConnectUP! creative and freelance mini-summit

Are you ready to grow your gig and network with other hustlers like you? Then register today for our Creative & Freelancer Mini-Summit on Saturday, April 6, 2024 and invest in your growth this year!