We design open-source tools 

to speed-up collaboration

and innovation.


The CollaborateUp Formula

The CollaborateUp Formula is a step-by-step process that adapts successful rapid development tools and Lean Startup methodology to focus creativity and jump-starts collaboration. Using our formula results in fully developed, testable solutions with clear, measurable outcomes that stakeholders can use to evaluate how well they've achieved their goals.

Watch the video: "The CollaborateUp Formula Explained"



The Collaboration Canvas

Adapted from the Business Model Canvas, our Collaboration Canvas enrolls key players in solving a specific problem by creating a unique value proposition for a particular impacted community. The Collaboration Canvas supports partners in social innovation by quickly bringing stakeholders up to speed on the major challenges and provides a simple but effective structure for co-creating programs.


Download the Collabortation Canvas

Agile Rollout Principles

Our Agile Rollout Principles outline how to quickly roll out collective action initiatives and programs, creating dynamic and agile partnership frameworks that will produce greater impact at lower cost in less time. By following these principles, collaborators can accelerate and amplify impact of their programs. 


Download the Agile Rollout Principles



Backbone Organizations: A Field Guide

CollaborateUp's Partnership Engagement System outlines 27 principles and practices drawn from years of experience that can help any partnership cross the gap between vision and execution. These tools and tricks are invaluable to any collaborative seeking to form backbone support.


Download the Partnership Engagement System Whitepaper


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"Building up the capacity and capability of nonprofits to make a difference in the world is a core part of the Office Depot Foundation's mission. CollaborateUp had a really big impact on the nonprofits we support, giving them tools and insights they can use immediately." - Mary Wong
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 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
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
"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
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
“Even with a diverse set of stakeholders and a very limited timeframe, the CollaborateUp Formula allowed us cut through a complex set of issues and develop a concrete and pragmatic proposal for tackling a very tough problem. Richard Crespin is exactly what you want in a facilitator, someone able to bring people together to recognize their shared goals and the best ways to achieve them.” - Amit Ronen Director, George Washington University Solar Institute