Applications Open for Catalyst, a Social Tech Incubator


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Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood’s Catalyst program is an incubator for early stage social tech companies, both for-profit and non-profit.
A six-month incubation program to help promising social entrepreneurs who are building technology-enabled solutions to help low-income Americans bridge the gap between discovery and acceleration.

Take a look at some of our alumni: https://labs.robinhood.org/our-portfolio/

This year, we will be accepting up to four teams, and we have a single slot specifically funded by the Burke Foundation, which we be reserved for a team focusing on early childhood health and development.

We think it’s a fantastic opportunity for early stage social tech ventures. Here’s why:

  • It’s extraordinarily well-resourced
  • $50,000 USD in cash stipend per team: we don’t take any equity!
  • A monthly health insurance stipend
  • An additional budget for research and testing
  • Access to our Design Insight Group
  • A wide range of discounted or in-kind services, including legal and accounting support, advertising, licenses, and more
  • It’s focused specifically on post-prototype but pre-acceleration teams
  • Hands on support across the board, including introductions to potential testers and distribution partners and access to experts on pilot design
  • Workshops on setting up a social venture and navigating the funding landscape
  • Access to a strong network and talent pool & help with recruiting and selecting talent
  • Introductions and high-value interactions with potential advisors, board members, and role models
  • Plus, share a co-working space with other social entrepreneurs

You can learn more here: https://labs.robinhood.org/catalyst/ and reach out to the Blue Ridge Labs team directly at blueridgelabs@robinhood.org with any questions.

Thanks!