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The Housing Venture Lab Launches its Fifth National Search for Housing Innovation

  • January 24, 2024
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Oakland, CA - January 22, 2024 - Terner Labs announced today its annual open call for applications for The Housing Venture Lab accelerator program - a nationwide search for entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions to improve housing equity, affordability, and sustainability.

Each year, The Housing Venture Lab selects five outstanding companies or nonprofit organizations to with the potential scale transformative housing market innovations. Selected organizations will receive a $75,000 seed grant, six months of intensive coaching with national thought-leaders in housing innovation and business strategy, and technical support to assist them in navigating the complex regulatory and policy requirements that impact the housing industry.

The 2024 group will mark the Housing Venture Lab’s fifth cohort, and the continuation of a program with a proven track record of success in supporting early-stage innovators. Since starting work with The Housing Venture Lab, organizations have gone on to raise $490 million in additional funding and improve housing or wealth-building outcomes for 163,000 people. Several alumni have secured significant government partnerships and advanced policy changes since graduating from the Housing Venture Lab.

Esusu Co-founder, Samir Goel, said this of his Housing Venture Lab Experience: “Esusu was part of the inaugural cohort of the Housing Venture Lab in 2020 and it was a transformative experience. We had the opportunity to meet industry experts, policy makers, and a cohort committed to housing that works for everyone. The Housing Venture Lab played an important role in helping us scale from Seed to a Series B company now encompassing 230 team members and reaching approximately 5 million rental units nationwide.”

The Housing Venture Lab is focused on organizations that address its core mission of advancing housing equity, affordability, and sustainability. To learn more about our specific areas of interest this year, read here. Past ventures have included venture-backed companies, housing developers, nonprofits, and spinoffs or programs of existing organizations, tackling everything from predatory home lending practices to housing formerly incarcerated individuals. You can read more about our 2023 cohort here.

Interested ventures can apply by visiting ternerlabs.org/housing-venture-lab. The early application deadline is February 2nd and the final deadline is February 21st.

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About The Housing Venture Lab

The Housing Venture Lab, founded in 2019, is a program of Terner Labs, the sister 501(c)3 nonprofit associated with Terner Center for Housing Innovation at U.C. Berkeley. With a mission to identify and accelerate early-stage ventures with the potential to make housing more affordable and fair, The Housing Venture Lab is the first national innovation lab focused exclusively on lowering the cost of housing.