2019 cohort announced!
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Our Portfolio

4
multi-day intensives
175
1:1 mentorship sessions
500
strategic introductions
$14
million raised post-accelerator

We provide our start-ups with 5 months of intensive programming to accelerate their product, sales & marketing, fundraising, and hiring.

The program convenes founders in the same city for multi-day boot camps to problem-solve and accelerate growth across multiple vectors of company development. In conjunction with our investment capital, this programming helps our start-ups get into the progressive bloodstream as quickly as possible. In addition, the accelerator program provides regular coaching calls, access to the HGL Advisory Board, and programmatic introductions to political buyers around the country.
“Higher Ground Labs was transformative for our team. Over four months with your support we built out and piloted a revamped product, gained significant market traction and network support, and generated a strong pipeline of investors and clients. The industry insight, continuous support and network connections that you provided have been key to our success. The pace of the accelerator pushed us to the edge of what was possible, with the right balance of ambitious and achievable, and propelled us forward in terms of both our learning and our offering”

– Avalanche Strategy

“Higher Ground Labs was transformative for our team. Over four months with your support we built out and piloted a revamped product, gained significant market traction and network support, and generated a strong pipeline of investors and clients. The industry insight, continuous support and network connections that you provided have been key to our success. The pace of the accelerator pushed us to the edge of what was possible, with the right balance of ambitious and achievable, and propelled us forward in terms of both our learning and our offering”

– Avalanche Strategy

Avalanche Strategy

Schedule

Our founders get a chance to pitch their product to top clients in progressive politics and investors prepared to invest in this space.
Higher Ground Labs – Accelerator Intensive | Program Schedule for Founders

Day 1

1:00pm-1:20pmWelcome to Accelerator Intensive #3
@ 1776 | Betsy Hoover, Shomik Dutta – Team, Higher Ground Labs

1:25pm-1:55pmCohort Break-out Groups
@ 1776 | HGL Company Founders

2:00pm-4:00pmSales Workshop
@ 1776 | John Barrows – Owner, JBarrows Sales Training & SalesFromTheStreets

4:10pm-5:00pmCohort Pitch Practice
@ 1776 | HGL Company Founders

6:00pm-8:00pmWelcome & VIP Reception
@ Revolution  | Ron Klain – General Counsel, Revolution

Day 2

9:00am-9:05amDay 2 Kick-off
@ 270 Strategies | Betsy Hoover, Shomik Dutta – Team, Higher Ground Labs

9:05am-9:30amData in Politics
@ 270 Strategies| Laura Quinn – Founder & CEO, Catalis

10:00am-12:00pmPitch: Labor Leadership Convening
@ AFL-CIO, Murray Green Room | Hosted by AFL-CIO

3:00pm-5:00pmPitch: Political Consultant Convening
@ AFL-CIO, Gompers Room

5:00pm-6:00pmCohort Recap & Sharing
@ 270 Strategies | HGL Company Founders

“HGL has accelerated our progress tremendously. As a result of HGL we have met potential partners, customers, supporters, and advisors. We’ve learned how to better tell our story and we have set a vision for where we want to be – in 2018 and beyond. We would not be where we are, heading into next year’s midterms, without their support.”

– Ballot Ready

“HGL has accelerated our progress tremendously. As a result of HGL we have met potential partners, customers, supporters, and advisors. We’ve learned how to better tell our story and we have set a vision for where we want to be – in 2018 and beyond. We would not be where we are, heading into next year’s midterms, without their support.”

– Ballot Ready

Ballot Ready

Accelerator FAQ: Common Questions and Common Answers

Is the accelerator application still open?
Our formal call for 2019 accelerator applications is closed. But we always want to hear more about the progressive political tech tools you’re building and find a way to collaborate or partner. If you’ve got an idea or company to share, please email maggie@highergroundlabs.com so we can learn more and connect with your team!
Does HGL invest in nonprofits?
No. Higher Ground Labs is focused on investing in for-profit vehicles that have a business model and see a path to making returns in this market. We believe this structure is more effective for collaboration and more rigorous for running your companies. We know that not all political tech should be created in a for-profit structure, but we are only investing in the ones that are.
How much do you invest?
Historically, our average seed stage investment has been $100k. The actual dollar amount will vary some by company based on need, stage, and team.
How does HGL invest?
We invest through a standard convertible note.
When does the accelerator program start, and what does it entail?
We anticipate that the 2019 accelerator program will start in July 2019 and go through November 2019. The program includes an intensive every month, in which founders come together in a city (Chicago, Los Angeles, or DC) for multi-day “boot camps” around various aspects of the business. In addition, the program includes regular coaching calls, access to the HGL Advisory Board, and regular introductions to potential clients and investors. Read more about our program here.
Other questions?
Email us at info@highergroundlabs.com.

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