Tech can do more to solve real problems.

Blue Ridge Labs is a place where technologists and communities work together to explore and build new solutions for New Yorkers. We provide space, funding, and resources to help launch and grow tech platforms that address economic inequality in NYC.


Get paid to start something that matters.
Our Fellowship brings together talented people who want to spend four months
exploring and building new technology that makes a difference.

This year’s challenge:
Address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

COVID-19 Recovery: Building a more racially equitable future.

This year, we are focusing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The Coronavirus pandemic is shining a light on the systemic racial oppression that has been part of this country from the very outset, and the results are horrific: almost one third of all Black people know someone who has died of COVID-19, while only one tenth of white people do. In New York City, 75% of all essential workers are people of color, while nationwide, Black people are dying at 2.4 times the rate of white people. In New York City, the zip codes with the highest rates of the virus are overrepresented by Latinos and Asians.

While the situation is dire and the challenge staggering, we must rebuild a more racially equitable future. And with your help, we will.

What We Provide


A stipend, healthcare, and a research budget.


Talented peers who bring complementary skills.


Hundreds of touchpoints with users and experts.


A collaborative community of other high-impact startups.

Join Us

Are you a New Yorker who is working to make ends meet?

We want to hear from you! Join our Design Insight Group (DIG) and get paid to share your experiences and test out new products!

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Catalyst gives social ventures a six-month opportunity to build an organization that could reach millions.
Designed for brilliant teams with a prototype that need support to scale their social impact.

Applications for the 2021 Cohort willopen mid-February.

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