Co-Creation & Multi-Stakeholder Engagement

Lean Startup for Social Innovation

Collective Impact and Partnership Facilitation

Design and Systems Thinking

What We Do

We specialize in working with multi-disciplinary teams, across multiple cultures, and at multiple levels of economic development.

This modular set of courses teaches our CollaborateUp Formula, the underlying theory and principles of co-creation, along with practical, hands-on approaches and tools for conceiving, convening, creating, managing, and scaling effective collective impact programs.

Sample Projects

CollaborateUp brings people together around the tough issues they face in common to quickly create innovative solutions using the CollaborateUp Formula.

Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC)

Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC)

One in three bites of food require pollination. Over $85 billion in North American agriculture relies on honey bees. Commercial beekeepers face a multitude of problems in maintaining their hives so they can provide this invaluable service to the food chain. At the...

CollaborateUp is an innovative, international consulting firm and SBA certified 8(a) small business. We accelerate cooperation among governments, companies, and nonprofits as they tackle some of our world’s toughest challenges.

Last week, CSIS hosted a panel of experts regarding the concerns with traceability of seafood supply chains. The primary focus was on the creation of SALT, an entity CollaborateUp supported in their co-design process and collaboration efforts.

Ensuring access to clean water for hydration and sanitation is essential, and as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges, our CEO Richard Crespin recently moderated a panel at CSIS on water access and security.

Check out this article on the CollaborateUp website in which you can hear the thoughts of CEO, Richard Crespin, on the complexities of Climate Change, Conservation, and the need for collective action.

Public-private partnerships have become pivotal to Rwanda’s goals to increase digital literacy and entrepreneurship. Read more about the ways that private-public partnerships are transforming Rwanda:

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CollaborateUp’s expert guidance of the co-creation process played a critical role in aligning a diverse set of stakeholders under a shared vision and approach. Their toolkit was instrumental in developing fresh, outside-the-box ideas for a critical new USAID work area.

John Harris, USAID/Ukraine Mission

Academy Participant

Extremely practical and extremely easy to implement once you have an understanding of the steps and the formula and the requirements of the process.

– CollaborateUp Academy Participant

Doreen Robinson

CollaborateUp’s expertise in co-creation and facilitation made a significant contribution to our ability to design a collective impact program spanning multiple countries, implementing partners, and stakeholders.”

Doreen Robinson, UNEP Chief for Wildlife (formerly USAID/Southern African Mission)

Cate O'Kane

“I soon discovered that it doesn’t really matter whether your introduction to CollaborateUp is through an issue solving workshop, or at an event as Richard brings all the chaos together with his savvy charm and good humour – the most important thing is that you get to engage and work with these great folks! My biggest take out over the past five years of being a part of their world – collaboration is a process and you’re not going to get very far unless you know what problem you’re all trying to solve together. The CollaborateUp framework helps by asking simple questions to help reveal the big answers.”

Cate O’Kane, Founder, &co partnership consultancy

“The CollaborateUp Workshop gave our delegates a set of tools they can use immediately to collaborate more effectively across multiple departments and organizations.”

Erika Lopez, Global Impact

Academy Participant #2

“The course was great! Great value and great insights into collaborating with various partners in multiple situations. It really change my thought process and how I view situations with our clients and stakeholders.”

CollaborateUp Academy Participant

Academy Participant #3

“The course actually aids with more than just collaboration – it helps drive thinking into issue clarification, meeting handling and setting up, communicating with stakeholders. I loved it!”

CollaborateUp Academy Participant