Small logo Subscribe to leading news on impact investing. Learn More
The Brief Originals Dealflow Signals The Impact Alpha Impact Voices Podcasts Agents of Impact Open
What's Next Capital on the Frontier Measure Better Investing in Racial Equity Beyond Trade-offs Impact en las Americas New Revivalists
Local and Inclusive Climate Finance Catalytic Capital Frontier Finance Best Practices Geographies
Slack Agent of Impact Calls Events Contribute
The Archive ImpactSpace The Accelerator Selection Tool Network Map
About Us FAQ Calendar Pricing and Payment Policy Privacy Policy Terms of Service Agreement Contact Us
Locavesting Entrepreneurship Gender Smart Return on Inclusion Good Jobs Creative economy Opportunity Zones Investing in place Housing New Schooled Well Being People on the Move Faith and investing Inclusive Fintech
Clean Energy Farmer Finance Soil Wealth Conservation Finance Financing Fish
Innovative Finance
Personal Finance Impact Management
Africa Asia Europe Latin America Middle East Oceania/Australia China Canada India United Kingdom United States
Subscribe Log In

Obama staffers invest in 10 “political tech” startups through new fund

Higher Ground Labs was launched in May to support emerging digital tools for future national and state campaigns — Democratic campaigns, that is, since the fund was started by former Obama tech aides.

It’s a response to campaign investments from wealthy conservative backers like the Koch brothers.

“We haven’t built a culture around investors who invest in political tech in a real way,” Higher Ground co-founder Betsy Hoover told Wired. “I think there’s a real moment to think about this differently.” The fund has raised at least $2.5 million since it launched — 60% of which has been invested in a cohort of 10 companies that are part of Higher Ground’s accelerator.

They include: Hope, a mobile-communications platform that aims to help people understand and engage in political issues; surveying tool Qriously; and Field Day, a local data aggregator for campaign marketing.

You might also like...