2018 Innovation Fund
The Workers Lab is an innovation lab supporting organizing efforts and enterprises that build scalable and sustainable power for working people in the 21st century economy. Specifically, we work with our partners by supporting experiments, validating ideas, and scaling solutions.
This call for proposals is for our 2018 Innovation Fund. We recognize that financial resources are often a significant barrier for organizers, entrepreneurs, and progressive government leaders to build new models, work with new partners, or test new approaches to building power for working people. We want to remove this barrier.
- Our Innovation Fund fuels new approaches for building working power by breaking down the barrier of access to capital.
- Our flexible funding empowers innovators and worker organizers to experiment, test, and ultimately create, scalable, and self-sustaining solutions to improve workforce development, worker power, and respond to automation.
- The fund supports projects with up to $150,000 over 12 months.
We are seeking organizers, public sector leaders, and entrepreneurs who are seeking support for their work in these three areas:
Application Process Opens - December 7, 2017
Application Deadline - January 12, 2018
First Round Finalist Notified - January 18, 2018
Second Round Finalist Notified - February 1, 2018
Public Announcement - March 1, 2018