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StartUp TradeUp empowers teachers everywhere to create and enhance experiential and work-based learning opportunities.


Build sustainable, local partnerships for elevated learning


Create experiential learning opportunities for meaningful skill development


Apply proven structures and guidance to enhance existing programming

Why StartUp TradeUp

Developing employability skills through experiential and work-based learning is crucial for career readiness. This hands-on learning relies on excellent, local industry partners. StartUp TradeUp provides the tools and guidance needed to identify and prepare these partners effectively for the classroom, ensuring learners engage in meaningful, practical experiences that build essential skills for success in the workforce.

Easily source and prepare
incredible partners


Simplify and streamline
lesson planning

Effortlessly connect classroom learning
with partner interactions

Our Offerings


Flexible Curricula

Our turn-key materials help your students develop skills, make meaningful community connections, and take ownership of their learning through student-led experiences.


Building Partnerships

We’ve built a thriving network of professionals to collaborate with CTE students in our community – and can help you do the same.

Training and Professional Development

Whether you want to grow, elevate, or create opportunities for employability skill development, we can help.

Custom Solutions

Not sure where to start? We can help. Contact us to discover more about how StartUp TradeUp can help meet your organization’s unique needs today.

Our Team

Emily Kilgore

Children cannot be what they cannot see. Driven by this philosophy, Emily Kilgore has spent her seventeen-year teaching career in the pursuit of inspiring young people by creating hands-on, experiences-based classrooms deeply rooted in partnerships with businesses in the region.

Nadia Mullin

From her initial role as a Project Manager at an education management organization, transitioning into ESOL education, and eventually immersing herself into business brokerage, Nadia has cultivated a unique variety of experiences that uniquely position her to drive changes in entrepreneurship education and workforce development.

When real experiences are provided skill development soars

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