Announcing Higher Ground Labs' $1.5M initial investment in our inaugural cohort
RECODE: This group of Obama alums has raised $2.5 million to improve Democrats’ tech tools
~ Companies Have Cutting Edge Technology to Help Close ‘Progressive Tech Gap’~
Higher Ground Labs, the leading innovative incubator and accelerator for progressive political and campaign technology, has deployed nearly $1.5 million to 10 groundbreaking companies that will begin supercharging progressive campaign technology. Each company is an early-stage political technology business that is developing innovative, cutting edge tools to advance progressive causes and help Democrats win elections. The initial companies include new tools for using influencers on social media, a platform to manage grassroots outreach, new survey and analytics tools, and best in class resources for down ballot candidates.
Running Harder and Faster
A startup incubator launched by some of former President Barack Obama’s top tech aides is ramping up its efforts to raise money and invest in new, cutting-edge digital tools meant to help Democrats win more races in 2018 and beyond.
The group, called Higher Ground Labs, plans to announce on Thursday that it has tapped Ron Klain, the executive vice president and general counsel of Revolution, to serve as chair of the nascent organization’s advisory board. Like others involved in the effort, first reported by Recode in May, Klain had been a major aide to Obama, at one point serving as the former president’s top adviser handling the global Ebola crisis.
Higher Ground Labs: A Way to Build Tech That Helps Democrats Win
Last month, we launched Higher Ground Labs and opened applications for our first accelerator cohort and fellowship program. The response has been unbelievable.
As we launch Higher Ground Labs, we figured it might be useful to set out our thesis. Here’s why we think our approach — investing in and actively accelerating for-profit startups that build tools, data, analytics, and other technologies for Democratic campaigns — can help progressives win new majorities up and down the ballot.