Blue Ridge Labs

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In an increasingly digital world, tech-based solutions are key tools to address real-world problems, like poverty. Blue Ridge Labs is Robin Hood’s poverty-fighting innovation lab, focused on supporting, incubating, and scaling community-driven tech solutions that address the problems of people experiencing poverty.

Our Impact


Founders supported


Companies incubated



Raised to support tech-based solutions to poverty

Our Strategy

Blue Ridge Labs supports tech-driven solutions to poverty by providing funding, access, and community through our three cohort-based programs:

  • Catalyst: Catalyst is a 5-month accelerator program that provides founders the capital, connections, and proximity to communities in poverty to make real change.
  • Design Insights Groups: Our DIG groups connects founders with tech teams developing new innovative solutions to improve their communities.
  • Fellowship: Our 18-week intensive fellowship program brings together technologists, experts, and community members to create technology that improves the lives of New Yorkers experiencing poverty.