Higher Ground Labs

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Accelerator Program

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


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Our program is structured around intensives - 3 day bootcamps where we bring our founders together for training and coaching.


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Speakers

 

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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Chris Lehane

Head of Policy at Airbnb

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David Axelrod

Director of UChicago IOP

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Divya Kumaraiah

Community Engagement at Airbnb

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Jeremy Bird

President at 270 Strategies

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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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Marlon Marshall

Partner at 270 Strategies

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Mike Sager

CTO at Emily's List

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Tammy Han

Recruiting, Sequoia Capital

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Elizabeth Yin

Partner at Hustle Fund

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Perry Rosenstein

Founder at Hustle

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Mike Yang

Advisor on Political Giving

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Glenn Ellingson

Head of Product Engineering at Hustle

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Jon Carson

Founder at Trajectory Energy Partners

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Raffi Krikorian

CTO of the DNC

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Ilyse Hogue

President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

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Stephanie Speirs

CEO of Solstice

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John Lee

CTO of NGP VAN

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Josh Berezin

Director of Strategy at Analyst Institute

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  Shannon Turner

Founder at Hear Me Code

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Tamim Mourad

Founder at PriceGrabber

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Sherika Wynter

Product Management Instructor at General Assembly

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Rosalyn Lemieux

CEO of Attentive.ly

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Stephanie Hannon

CPO at Strava


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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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