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Getting Started with AscentUP - Employers
Getting Started with AscentUP - Employers

A guide to enable employers to post projects, match them to the AscentUP program, and get connected with a participant team.

Updated over a week ago

You can also follow this process in a step-by-step video here.

Sign up to AscentUP and the Riipen Platform

1. Visit and click on “Apply now”.

2. In a new tab you will be prompted to complete the employer sign up form.

3. Once complete, if eligible, you will receive your AscentUP portal pass by email and your company will be added to the AscentUP platform.

4. Clicking that link will direct you to the AscentUP Riipen portal. If you already have a Riipen account you can click “Log in”.

5. If you don’t already have a Riipen account you will be prompted to create one. To do so, fill in your name, email, and password in the indicated fields and click “Create account”.

6. Next, add your job title, pronouns (optional), phone number, and choose up to 5 categories that interest you (ex: Web Development, Marketing, UX/UI Design, Product Management etc.).

7. Next, add your company information. If your company is already on Riipen, you can find your company by clicking the link provided in the yellow box.

Create and submit your AscentUP project

1. Once in the portal, select ‘Request Match’ on the AscentUP - Digital Tech Projects program.

2. On joining the program, you will be asked to verify that you meet the AscentUP eligibility criteria, as outlined in our Terms and Conditions here. You will be directed to our 3rd party identification provider, Persona, to complete a 5 step identity and verification process.

To complete these steps you will be required to:

  • Verify your US Business registration including EIN number

  • Verify the registered address of your business

  • Complete a personal identification process with government issued ID

We recommend that you have these items available to you at sign up so that you can enter the program as smoothly as possible. For more info on the verification process, view this article here.

3. Once verified click “Request match”. You can match an existing company project, or create a new one using a template from our library or our AI tool.

4. Creating a project is a 5-step process in the project creation wizard.

  • Add a descriptive title, and summarize the work you want the participants to complete. Make sure the expected outcomes for your business are clear to participants, and that they can get a sense of the scope of work from your description.

  • Given the short, remote nature of AscentUP, we require a project-based experience. Make sure to provide a concrete scope for the team’s work and limit their work to a single project.

  • Projects should provide 30 hours of work per participant, for a team of 5.

  • Currently, there are no limitations to the number of projects an employer can submit. Employers are required to provide a minimum of five hours of mentorship to each team member. Participants, on the other hand, will only complete one project.

  • Continue through the steps in the wizard. If you save your project as a draft, you can return to your project at any time to make edits.

5. Before your match can be accepted, you will need to click “Sign Agreements” and formally agree to the AscentUP Terms and Conditions.

A few things to note:

  • Your project should be acknowledged by the AscentUP team within 5 business days.

  • Once matched to the program, an AscentUP participant team will be paired with your project. You will be alerted by email and can view the team page and participant profiles from your dashboard.

  • If you'd like to create additional projects, you are welcome to do so. Currently, there are no limitations to the amount of projects an employer can create. You are required to provide a minimum of 5 hours of mentorship to each participant - please ensure that you can manage all of the projects you are posting.

  • AscentUP employer projects should take place over 3-6 weeks. They can start from 6 May 2024 and should be completed by 31 August 2024.

  • There is no cost for you to post an AscentUP project.

Still have questions? Reach out to us via live-chat in the avocado found in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen or via email at

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