Fall 2018 Innovation Fund
Grant Application

ABOUT THE INNOVATION FUND

As part of our efforts to promote experimentation, the Innovation Fund supports new approaches for building worker power by breaking down the barrier of access to capital. This flexible funding provides entrepreneurs, nonprofits, worker-organizers, and public-sector leaders the resources to test and launch new ideas that are ultimately scalable and sustainable.

To date, The Workers Lab has supported more than 20 projects by investing more $2 million through our Innovation Fund. These projects address a broad cross-section of approaches, ranging from worker cooperative models to apps that make it easier for workers to communicate, know their rights, take collective action, and improve workplace conditions.

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INNOVATION FUND

WATCH THESE 3 VIDEOS TO LEARN ABOUT OUR
CURRENT INNOVATION FUND GRANTEES:

IN THIS ITERATION OF OUR INNOVATION FUND,
WE ARE LOOKING TO APPLICATIONS THAT ADDRESS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE KEY AREAS:

Addressing Automation

Public sector solutions are critical to addressing the automation of jobs. Are you a public sector leader who is innovating to ensure automation empowers workers and improves working conditions?

Financial Tools

We believe that job training should lead to upward mobility, higher wages, and greater opportunity. That means that training needs to match the jobs that are out there. Do you have an idea or model that achieves this?
 

Training for Mobility

Half of U.S. workers earn less than $15 an hour. And almost half can't come up with $400 for an unexpected expense. Do you have a product, platform, or tool that helps working people better meet their financial needs?  

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The deadline to apply is 11:59pm PST on August 24, 2018

If you have any questions or need help please contact Bill Shiebler at:
Bill@theworkerslab.com

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE

August 1 - 24:  Open Application Round

Initial applications will be accepted from interested people/parties up until 11:59pm PST on August 31, 2018.

In order to apply, a senior member of your team must be/remain available to be in New York City October 4-5 in the event you are selected as a finalist.
 

August 31 - September 7: Semi-Finalist Round

Semi-finalists will be announced on August 31. From August 31 to September 7, semi-finalists will complete the second round of the application process, which includes the creation and submission of a short informational video.


September 13: Finalists Announced
 

October 4-5: Finalist Showcase

Finalists will attend and present at our showcase in New York City, October 4-5. Innovation Fund winners will be determined at this time and announced mid to late October.  

 

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