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:
Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Housing

Expanding access to quality, affordable housing.

In 2019, we’re exploring the barriers low-income New Yorkers face in finding, acquiring, and retaining high-quality, affordable housing. As the gap between supply and demand for housing continues to grow, low-income families are hit the hardest by rising rents and falling vacancy rates.

More than 350,000 low-income households pay more than half of their income towards rent, and in 2017, nearly 130,000 people – the majority of whom were families with children – were homeless for some portion of the year.

While the situation is dire and the challenge staggering, we must find solutions. 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.


Co-working space with 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.

We are not currently accepting applications for Catalyst, but sign up for the newsletter for announcements.

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