UpSpring is a boutique management-consulting firm supporting the design, growth and measurement of values based, market leveraging, and sustainable ventures across New Mexico, throughout the U.S. and around the world.
We serve the start-up and social enterprise community with effective and sustainable consulting services.
UpSpring, previously Social Enterprise Associates, was formed by a collaboration of consultants who recognized a need for market leveraging and values driven expertise to generate ‘triple bottom line’ returns enhancing people, profit, and place. This certified HubZone small business is New Mexico’s first ‘B Corporation’.
Today, UpSpring – a networked, virtual learning organization – brings a circle of colleagues, seasoned experts covering many sectors to work with young professionals constituting the next generation of leaders – to affordably solve your problems.
Our mission is to ‘do well by doing good,’ leveraging the power of the marketplace for social, community, environmental and cultural benefit. Firm activities extend beyond the triple bottom line to the quadruple bottom line to advance people, profit, planet, and place.
We are a mission-driven business, whereby (from the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence): • We must be the change we seek in the world. • It is not enough to advise clients on social, environmental and economic responsibility. We practice what we preach.
We are a registered HubZone Small Business, certified as a socially responsible ‘B Corp’ since 2011, recognized as ‘Best for the World Small Businesses’ in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2011, and a ‘Sustainable Business of the Year Honoree’ in 2012.
Drew Tulchin, Founder, defines his career making new ideas reality. Drew brings 25 years plus of experience overcoming “The Doubting Thomases” to build lasting organizations and achieve successful results.
Drew is active with New Mexico start-ups and is President of The New Mexico Angels. He is General Partner of New Mexico Vintage Fund. He has served as ‘Fractional Executive’ / Part-Time CFO at start-ups including: Dash LX (formerly PwrLab), New Way Homes, and Build with Robots. His efforts with the immersive entertainment B Corp Electric Playhouse led to opening their flagship location in ABQ.
Drew served as Meow Wolf‘s first CFO, a B Corp that creates immersive arts experiences to wow. His efforts there led to raising more than $125 million in investment over three years, purchase of a new headquarters, and growth from 50 people to more than 400 – with expansion to Las Vegas & Denver.
He helped launch more than 15 start-ups using a variety of legal structures. His work has generated more than $300 million for triple bottom line efforts. And, his Angel investing in start-ups has created more than 100 jobs.
Consulting has taken him across New Mexico, the U.S., to Native American nations, and more than 40 countries.
He has contributed to 100+ triple bottom line and socially entrepreneurial business plans. Prisma Microfinance’s co-written plan was a Global Social Venture Competition award winner, published, and used to raise $1.2 million in private equity capital.
He was Director of a U.S. microfinance organization, the CDFI called ECDC/Enterprise Development Group, serving immigrants and low-income people in Greater Washington, DC. He served as Program Officer for Grameen Foundation as its founding staff person of the Capital Markets Group.
Previous experience includes a Bluetooth wireless firm, socially responsible businesses, and an environmental NGO. He began his career in National Community Service, as a VISTA (US domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps) and an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Oakland, California.
Drew completed his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He finished his BA, Cum Laude, in History and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis. His studies included a year abroad at Sussex University, UK.
Drew values community engagement. He served on the Board of WESST, Serve New Mexico Commission, Pueblo of Acoma’s Business Enterprises and Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh’s CDFI. He is a member of American Social Business Network’s Investor Circle (ASBN) and Lifetime Member of Net Impact.
In his free time, Drew plays ultimate Frisbee anywhere he can, is learning tennis, hikes to get lost, eats food he doesn’t recognize, and enjoys bad puns more than he should.
Matt Smith, Senior Consultant, supports entrepreneurial leaders to develop, structure, and scale their vision of impact, with particular expertise in scaling operations for small and medium sized social ventures and non-profit organizations. He specializes in creating new business models, management systems, development strategies, and governance structures. His multi-disciplinary operations experience spans areas of accounting/finance, administration, development, HR, and IT.
As Managing Director at the industry-leading MASS Design Group, Matt oversaw ten-fold growth in staff size (30-350 FTEs) and revenue ($2M-$46M) while ensuring the organization remained mission-focused. Over his eight years at MASS, Matt developed an international operations team, operationalized new ventures including a construction arm (MASS.BUILD) and furniture line (MASS.MADE), led the merger with a Native-led non-profit organization and acquisition of an award-winning regional design firm to launch a new studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recognized for its innovation and strategy, MASS was named the American Institute of Architects (AIA) “Firm of the Year” in 2022, Wall Street Journal “Innovator of the Year” in 2021, and has consistently been recognized as one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Most Innovative Companies”.
Matt holds a Masters in Development Practice from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Business Management from Montana State University.
Bryan Hill, Fellow, has extensive experience in financial consulting, data analysis, and research. He is passionate about impact investing and social entrepreneurship, and is excited to assist UpSpring’s clients to overcome challenges of all kinds.
Past projects include the quantitative analysis of grant request data for Enterprise Community Partners, the development of marketing materials for a South American impact venture capital fund, and the revision of Save the Children’s labor market assessment (LMA) guidebook.
Bryan obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He lives in San Diego and enjoys hiking, listening to good jazz, and playing slightly lesser jazz.
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