Time to raise your game

Keystone Programs are like mini-MBAs, with multiple interconnected modules. Unlike MBAs, it isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ - but uniquely customised for designers and your experience level. To help you up your game!

5 intensive weeks starts LATE 2022 + checkin weeks

5 core modules, taught by 5 experts + guest speakers

Is this keystone program for you?

UpRise is for

  • Designers-in-tech (Product/UX/Visual/OPs)
  • User researchers
  • Writers/ content specialists

UpRise is a right fit for you, if …

  • you’re a working professional with 3+ years of experience
  • looking to demonstrate the value of your craft to business and product
  • you’re looking to reshape the next 2-4 years of your career journey
  • or considering moving into managerial roles

UpRise is a specially crafted for professionals like you, who

  • work in high-growth start-ups with lean teams, or
  • work within extended teams within large product or consulting companies, or
  • work with niche consulting studios

Design Degree?

Previous Design degree is not a pre-requisite. You could have come to Design from Product, Engineering, Arts, Humanities or Sciences

The UpRise program uniquely weaves together multiple mentors and modules. Learn from a diverse line-up of professionals, and your very cohort. Through classes, reflection, observation, practice and live-sessions

Learning Outcomes This keystone program helps you to take charge of your growth and raise the bar by:

Contextualising design impact

Coaching (self and others)

Balancing craft with career

Facilitation & negotiation

Better decision making

Collaboration & co-creation

Designed for actionable insights

Focused on applying ideas & insights at work, and life


Independent and inter-connected week long core-modules, delivered via live, interactive classes by practitioner-teachers


In-depth weekend Masterclasses to explore areas that complement the core modules and help expand your toolkit


Guest speakers, Guides and Mentors to help connect learning to real life, move from insights to action and impact

Designed for Impact at work

We use models, frameworks + real life situations to help designers become more productive & thoughtful, to think win:win for users, businesses, team and self.

We use the Strengths Finder test & report to identify and understand your unique strengths and leverage on this - to help yourself, co-workers, & managers.

We help you with growth conundrums, lending a helping hand to your manager - guiding you to take charge of your growth within your organisation and for yourself.

Core Modules

Independent and inter-connected, these form the foundation of our program

Alysha Naples



Direct your own growth - as a professional, designer, and human. Get insight into ways we inhibit our own development and progress. Learn to utilize curiosity and compassion with the CXO of Tin Drum

& Unique takes
all Interconnected.

Shirish Andhare



How do you ship magic? Get under the hood of the product practices of leading companies that have shipped global high impact products at scale. With Twitter India’s Product Head

Suresh Venkat


Secrets to Communicating Competence

Learn the secrets of effectively using words, tone, voice and body language to communicate with confidence and for impact. With an actor, anchor & editorial consultant

Jody Rodgers



Discover how to harness your strategic mindset as a UX Designer, Content Writer or User Researcher - and apply that strength to your day-to-day work, as well as in planning your career.

Anshumani Ruddra



Make better decisions at work, for your users and for your career. Imbibe various frameworks and become aware of human biases - to create real impact. With a Product Leader from Google

Guest Speakers

A select group from our stellar speaker list, share and spend time with you

Sandeep Karmarkar

Design leader,
Google India


Co-Founder, Sundial
Author – Making Of A Manager

Daniel Burka

director of product & design, resolve to save lives

Katja Forbes

Head of Client experience, CCIB, Formerly MD, Designit australia


Design Head, Udaan, FOunder DesignUP Conference, Ex- MMT, FLipkart, Adobe

Thomas Küber

Founding partner
Futur2studio, berlin

Limited seats: The power of 24

Our first 2 cohorts are limited to just 24 seats each. We go through an application process to identify a cohort which will be diverse (background, gender, experience, geographies), for unlimited learning within the group.

A limited, but diverse group means diverse perspectives, more individual attention from teachers and a brand new network that helps you learn. We’ll be keenly looking at your application form to shortlist.

Note – you only pay when you’re shortlisted for the cohort.

Shortlisted candidates have a 1-week window within which to pay, entry is on first-come-first basis. If all places are filled – we move you to the waitlist. Our strict policies on behaviour in the conference applies equally to the school. In a nutshell, treat people with respect and kindness. DesignUp doesn’t reject applicants, we merely shortlist a few.

Next Cohort coming in Nov 2022

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Designed for Accountability

A limited hand-picked cohort ensures diversity, and holds each other accountable, and keeps cohorts inspired.

Involving peers and managers at work is highly encouraged, creating a 2nd circle of accountability, learning and feedback

Experienced Guides are at hand throughout the program + much longer. Teachers return for checkins, reflections

Designed for Learners

Learner Dashboard powered by Airtribe

Login to your dedicated dashboard - your complete calendar, reminders of upcoming sessions + more

Join sessions, access recordings, access/upload assignments and other resources in a single place.

Learn about fellow attendees and connect with them easily from within the platform itself.


What’s the time commitment per week, on the average?
The Program Timeline gives you a detailed breakdown – expect between 4-8 hours of commitment over 5 weeks (varies week to week). However your assignment time, esp for group assignments may spill over.

Will there be a lot of assignments?
Assignments will be for core modules and vary as per teacher. There may be some pre-reads, curated list of articles to read or videos to watch. And even group projects. Most assignments will require quick turnarounds – but you have 2 breaks to catch up for the longer reflective work.

What happens if I can’t attend a class?
Classes are recorded and available to watch later, for all enrolled students.

Does the Uprise program come with any job guarantee?
Uprise is for working professionals, we do not offer any jobs or job guarantees

What’s the application and selection process like?
We offer very limited seats and therefore go through a application and selection process. We are looking for working professionals with minimum 3 years of work experience. The application process is to identify a cohort which will be diverse (background, experience, geos, gender etc) and allow for learning within the group.

When do I pay for the course? What’s the waitlist?
You pay only when you’re shortlisted for the cohort. The shortlisted candidates have a limited one week window within which to pay – and in that time frame, it’s entry to the course is on first-come-first basis. If all places are filled – we move you to the waitlist.

Do you have a money back policy?
We offer a money back within the first 7 days of the course. If for some reason you do not want wish to continue – you need to let us know within the first 7 days.

What if I need to drop off a course mid way?
We do offer a money back within the first 7 days of the course. However, we understand a mid way drop off may be a difficult decision for you. We’ll try our best to help you with a re-admission, part adjustment of your fees for a future cohort. This will depend on the unique circumstances of your case.

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