Blue Ridge Labs

Accelerate Your Mission-Driven AI Startup

Up to $90,000, connections, and the community to accelerate your impact
BRL Catalyst
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Christopher D.
Program Overview
Catalyst is a 5-month accelerator program that provides founders the capital, connections, and proximity to communities in poverty to make real change

Solve Poverty Issues in NYC And Beyond

Early Stage Funding
Get catalytic capital for your startup
Connect with philanthropists and impact investors
Build with our Design Insight Group to grow your venture with a impact
Our alumni
Cat Xu, Co-Founder, Starlight, Catalyst 2023
“One of the most helpful parts of the program is the Robin Hood network and getting plugged into other organizations that Robin Hood funds - from nonprofits to charter schools to public institutions across the city. This instantly jumpstarted our research and ecosystem understanding in our early days.”
Wenimo Okoya – Expert Fellow
"The BRL Fellowship changed the trajectory of my career. I went from an individual contributor to a founder in 14 weeks. I know that the core of making change in my community is responding to their needs and creating a solution that solves the problem as they describe it. With my community and the support of BRL, Healing Schools Project was transformed from a seedling of dream to a reality."
Thomas Officer – Design Fellow
"What is it like to spend 5 months with talented strangers, surrounded by whiteboards, bashing your head against a problem? That deserves its own blog post. For now, let me say that it was chaos. Beautiful, exciting, frustrating, and ultimately productive chaos."

Join the fight against poverty - Apply Now

Who we're looking for
Startups (nonprofit and for-profit) that are using technology solutions and artificial intelligence (#AI) to access challenges related to economic inequality.

We focus on startups that can have a positive impact on low-income New Yorkers - but your startup does not have to be headquartered or started in NYC.
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Round 1 deadline is October 30th, 2023

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How many startups are accepted into the program?
We will be accepting 10-12 startups (nonprofit and for-profit)
Is the program only open to New York City residents?
No, the program is open to early-stage organizations from anywhere. The startup does not have the be headquartered or have started in NYC, but a founder of the program needs to be present in NYC during the program from February to June
How much funding is provided?
The program provides the 10-12 startups that are selected up to $40,000 each. At the end of the program, 3-5 ventures that show the most progress will receive up to $50,000 in additional investment