Meet Ben and Danny

Kazm (formerly Junto) is a platform for structured, small-group video conversations around specific topics. We’re like a fully-automated book club for your organization – we engage an audience at scale without any need for scheduling or facilitation. We asked founders Ben Turtel and Danny Franklin to share a little bit more about their vision for […]

Founder Academy

By definition, innovation is never complete. When we started Higher Ground Labs, we set out to build and maintain a culture of innovation in progressive politics. We have learned that this requires a constant stream of support and resources to people at every stage of the innovation cycle – and we continue to evolve our […]

Meet Thomas and James

Measure Studio makes centralizing and analyzing your social media data easy, so you and your team can focus on what you do best: making great content. Recently, we asked founders Thomas Kramer and James Creech to share a bit about the company and their goals for the accelerator program.  Tell us more about why you […]

Meet Emily and Josh

Goodstock & Co. is committed to creating good products, connecting good people, and celebrating good causes through their online self-service merch store. Recently, we asked founders Emily Parcell and Josh Grossfeld to share a bit about the company and their goals for the accelerator program.   Tell us more about why you started your company and […]

Meet Philip and Brandon

Votus is a communication platform that  helps organizations identify and engage their supporters through 1:1 conversations across different social networks at scale.  Recently, we asked founders Philip Armstrong and Brandon Harris to share a bit about the company and their goals for the accelerator program.   Tell us more about why you started your company and […]

Announcing our 2021 cohort

By definition, innovation is never finished. The mission of Higher Ground Labs is to promote and support constant innovation for a better democracy. Over the past four years, we have invested in companies that have become core infrastructure for progressive politics. In 2020, HGL companies played a pivotal role in every piece of campaign strategy, […]

Announcing HGL’s 2021 Investment Thesis

At Higher Ground Labs, we invest in technology that helps progressives win. That has been our core mission since 2017, and it guides our work every day. To help fulfill that mission, we write an annual investment thesis to highlight specific areas of underinvestment and technological need in the progressive ecosystem.  We are excited to […]

August Accelerator 2019 Recap

After a month apart, our third cohort of portfolio companies reconvened in Chicago for the second of four intensives as part of our accelerator program.

July Accelerator 2019 Recap

Two weeks ago, we kicked off the first intensive of our 2019 accelerator program for our third cohort of portfolio companies. This amazing group exceeded our expectations through their unending curiosity, unbridled enthusiasm, and desire to build community within the cohort. We spent the week thinking critically about our collective roles in the current political […]

July Intensive 2018

At the end of July, Higher Ground Labs second cohort convened in San Francisco. This intensive, the cohort’s fourth and final, focused on fundraising, growth, and hiring; the week culminated with an Investor Demo Day where our companies pitched to and connected with a network of committed political-tech investors. Google generously hosted the intensive  at […]

June Intensive 2018

Cohort Two companies spent the week of June 10, 2018 in DC where the founders focused on connecting with campaigns, consultancies, and unions and helping arm them with the best tools to win in November. Throughout the week we were fortunate to be hosted at Smoot Tewes Group and sponsored by Catalist. Ron Klain, Chairman […]

May Intensive 2018

Our Cohort 2 companies all traveled to Chicago the week of May 14 for our second intensive. We spent this time focused on pricing, sales, and marketing – and had some of the most talented minds around coach our companies through these complicated topics. Pricing and sales are unique in this market. Buyers are particularly […]