Are we building technology for those who need it the most?

25 million American families live on less than $25,000 a year.

Significance Labs is looking for developers & designers to help address this problem.

What we do



Significance Labs at Blue Ridge

helps technology’s brightest minds design high-impact products for low-income Americans.

There’s a new digital divide.

This time, it’s not a lack of access. Today, 80% of the poor have cell phones. We can now reach them with mobile products that scale.
So let’s start building those products.

Are you a top notch Hacker Or Designer?

We’re building out five teams who are spending three months
building tech products that scale for low-income Americans.

We’re looking for top hackers and designers to join us.

Here’s how it works

Proven Leaders

Five seasoned entrepreneurs have been selected as Significance Labs Fellows.

Real Users

Connections made with 200+ low-income users to learn their pain points

Build Resources

A team of hackers and designers in residence will help build out new ideas

Great Products

A shot at building meaningful solutions that can help revive the American Dream


Learn more about how the fellows were selected.

FELLOWSHIP PROCESS

What ideas might be explored?

A few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Left out of the cashless economy

37 million Americans are badly served by banks and credit.
Hunch: Could we provide real-time feedback as people use their first credit card to help them build healthy habits around debt?

The 30 million word gap

Some children entering kindergarden have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers, and this leads to a meaningful cognitive gap.
Hunch: Could wearable technologies that assess word richness help parents support their kids’ growth?

Scheduling chaos

Community college completion hovers at 35%. Students juggle classes, part time jobs, child care, & other duties.
Hunch: Could a better scheduler linking work to school prevent double booking and missing classes?

The Significance Labs Fellows

Our 2014 Fellows have worked at organizations like Facebook, Y Combinator, FastCompany, LinkedIn & the Harlem Children’s Zone. They’ve built and sold multiple successful businesses. They’re excited to turn their entrepreneurial skillset to a new set of challenges.

We’ve built organizations before, and we’re excited to launch another. Backed by the Blue Ridge Foundation New York, we’ve secured $500K and have drawn in a great team of supporters.


Built at Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Foundation New York has a 15 year track record funding social ventures addressing upward mobility in America. We have dozens of grantees, including two who were referenced in President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union.



We spun off Significance Labs to help bring our deep connections to people from many backgrounds to the tech community. Learn more about Blue Ridge Foundation New York

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