Higher Ground Labs


Accelerator Program

Our companies influence outcomes for campaigns and causes. 
We influence outcomes for our companies. 

Program Stats

Our program is structured around monthly intensives - 3 day bootcamps where we bring our founders together for training and coaching workshops focused on product and business development.

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The intensives include speakers from all over the country to talk with our founders. 

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Anna Galland

Executive Director of MoveOn.org

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Anna Valencia

City Clerk of Chicago

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Ashley Phillips

Product Lead at Venmo

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Bridget Gainer

Cook County Commissioner

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Bruce Heyman

US Ambassador to Canada

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Catherine Vaughan

CEO of Flippable

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David Axelrod

Director of UChicago IOP

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Divya Kumaraiah

Community Engagement at Airbnb

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Laura Quinn

CEO at Catalist

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Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO of CodeNow

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Sam Brown

EVP of BD at Amalgamated Bank

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Mike Sager

CTO at Emily's List

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Tammy Han

Recruiting, Sequoia Capital


Elizabeth Yin

Partner at Hustle Fund

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Glenn Ellingson

Head of Product Engineering at Hustle

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Ilyse Hogue

President of NARAL Pro-Choice America


Stephanie Speirs

CEO of Solstice

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Shannon Turner

Founder at Hear Me Code

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Sample Intensive 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

Tuesday - October 3

1:00pm-1:20pm - Welcome to Acceleratior Intensive #3 @ 1776 | Betsy Hoover, Shomik Dutta, Joselyn Lai - Team, Higher Ground Labs
1:25pm-1:55pm - Cohort Break-out Groups @ 1776 | HGL Company Founders
2:00pm-4:00pm - Sales Workshop @ 1776 | John Barrows - Owner, JBarrows Sales Training & SalesFromTheStreets 
4:10pm-5:00pm - Cohort Pitch Practice @ 1776 | HGL Company Founders
6:00pm-8:00pm - Welcome & VIP Reception @ Revolution  | Ron Klain - General Counsel, Revolution

Wednesday - October 4

9:00am-9:05am - Day 2 Kick-off @ 270 Strategies | Betsy Hoover, Shomik Dutta, Joselyn Lai - Team, Higher Ground Labs
9:05am-9:30am - Data in Politics @ 270 Strategies| Laura Quinn - Founder & CEO, Catalis
10:00am-12:00pm - Pitch: Labor Leadership Convening @ AFL-CIO, Murray Green RoomHosted by AFL-CIO
3:00pm-5:00pm - Pitch: Political Consultant Convening @ AFL-CIO, Gompers Room
5:00pm-6:00pm - Cohort Recap & Sharing @ 270 Strategies | HGL Company Founders

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Going through the Higher Ground Labs accelerator has been pivotal to our growth: from great advisors (including Ron Klain, Jill Huchital, Arun Chaudhary), to connections to campaigns, committees and partners, to constant support on getting our model right. Not to mention, Betsy, Shomik, and Andrew have helped guide our vision from its inception.
— Mobilize America

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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.
— BallotReady

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