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Contribute to HGL’s first-ever AI Landscape Report

Share your input for HGL’S AI Landscape Report  This spring, we’ll be releasing an AI-focused version of our annual Political Tech Landscape Report – the first-ever report of its kind tracking innovations and trends in AI across the political tech landscape.  But first, we want to get input from our community: Are you using AI […]

Request for Proposal: Higher Ground Labs Progressive AI Lab

About the HGL Progressive AI Lab Generative AI has become a powerful force driving transformation across industries, and its impact on politics cannot be underestimated. The recent utilization of AI by Republicans to generate and disseminate strategic content underscores the urgency for Democrats and progressive organizations to embrace this technology effectively. To centralize efforts, attract […]

My Internship with Higher Ground Labs in Summer 2023

This summer, I had the opportunity to work at an innovative company that is investing in the future of our democracy through tech. As a political science major with a passion for social justice, my internship at Higher Ground Labs has equipped me with the skills necessary to assist in pushing democracy forward.  Throughout my […]

HGL6 Open Call: Apply to Higher Ground Labs’ 2023 Accelerator

This is the Open Call for our 2023 accelerator cohort. Running for its sixth year, the accelerator is HGL’s flagship program, facilitating rapid scale and successful integration into the political tech ecosystem for new companies.  Accelerator companies join a vibrant group of 50+ HGL startups — such as Mobilize, BallotReady, and Impactive — that have […]

The “To-Earn” Movement: Introducing Advocate-to-Earn

While crypto, NFTs, and DAOs have captured our collective attention due to the prospect of financial returns that underlie their early use cases, the value of the Web3 movement stems from the ability to use these new technologies and organizational models to enhance digital coordination, while better aligning incentives for both collective action and individual-level […]

Recap: HGL’s Virtual New Political Technology Tool Showcase

Higher Ground Labs hosted its first virtual New Political Technology Tool showcase on Thursday, September 23rd. Ten founders of startups in HGL’s 2021 Accelerator pitched a broad range of technology solutions to nearly 300 progressive technologists leading digital innovation for campaigns, advocacy organizations, labor unions and consulting firms across the country.  Normally held in person […]

My Summer with Higher Ground Labs

Acacia Gabriel

This summer I had the opportunity to work with Higher Ground Labs as a Summer Associate. My job consists of running external communications, assisting portfolio companies, and helping out wherever I could. It’s a small team, so we all wear a few hats.  Prior to working directly with Higher Ground Labs, I worked with […]

Our 2020 Political Tech Landscape Report

Higher Ground Labs is excited to unveil our 2020 Political Tech Landscape Report, a comprehensive account of the biggest political tech trends, opportunities, and learnings coming out of the historic 2020 election cycle. Higher Ground Labs is excited to unveil our 2020 Political Tech Landscape Report, a comprehensive account of the biggest political tech trends, […]

Measuring Our Mission

Written by Shomik Dutta and Teddy Gold. Higher Ground Labs is now three and a half years into our mission. Since inception, HGL has made 61 investments totaling $14.5 million into 37 for-profit political-technology startups. We have vetted close to 500 ideas, led two Series A transactions, celebrated eight acquisitions, and mourned four losses. We have braided talented founders and cutting-edge […]

Our Gold Medal Finish

The 2020 cycle felt like the Olympics. Four years of quiet investment, sacrifice, and preparation were all expended over a few short weeks of intense competition with the whole world watching. After the 2016 election, some yearned for a silver-bullet solution that would guarantee us victory. Of course no such solution ever existed. A diverse […]