Significance Labs Fellowship Products

July 23, 2014

Our fellows and their teams have spent weeks of immersion into low income communities, meetings with experts, doing ideation sessions and product validation directly with low income users. With only a month left in the Solve for {S} fellowship, we are excited to announce the projects each team has chosen!

Stephanie Raill Jayanandhan and Avi Karnani:

One in four households in the US don’t have a bank account or rely on expensive alternative financial services to manage their lives. ReBank helps people find good quality, affordable banking products that meet their needs, and overcome the barriers that keep them from accessing financial services. It’s like a buddy system for your financial life.

Margo Wright:

Only 11% of low-income, first-generation students earn a bachelor’s degree after six years. Lack of knowledge about the complicated federal, state and institutional requirements for maintaining financial aid eligibility has emerged as a key factor that affects persistence. Our mobile solution solves the information gap with an analytical dashboard that demonstrates in real-time, the correlation between grades earned and financial aid eligibility and expected graduation date. It also addresses the behavioral issues of developing the academic skills and behaviors necessary to achieve the necessary grades through push notifications that keep students on track.

Ciara Byrne

NeatStreak is a mobile customer relationship management tool for cleaners. It helps cleaners and clients to agree on cleaning tasks and negotiate changes in real time.

Neat-Streak. This time it’s personal.

Shazad Mohamed

Smartphone access is taking off even among older low-income Americans, but it’s an underused tool. Team Comfortable would like the roughly 5M low income Americans over the age of 50 to feel comfortable using their phone and to take advantage of all it has to offer. We’re exploring a simplified launcher app and “HelpMyMom screenshare helper feature to find ways to recreate the offline support younger people offer their older relatives in an online environment, and to increase use of mobile functions & tools that could help this demographic.

Jimmy Chen

We think everyone hates complex paperwork, and we believe that people who qualify for essential government services should be able to obtain them quickly and painlessly. We’re simplifying these interactions between governments and civilians by building the friendly customer service layer on top of government services. We’re starting by making the food stamp enrollment process in New York City simpler, more transparent, and mobile-friendly.

If you are interested in finding out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!


  • Alison - September 3, 2014 - Reply

    I think this is really great!!

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