Impact Hub Austin’s 2018 Affordability Accelerator cohort
Impact Hub Austin’s Affordability Accelerator is a three-month program focusing on advocacy, innovation, and financing to keep Austin (diversely) weird and affordably engineered. The program brings together Austin-based teams and ventures to help sustainably address Austin’s affordability challenges. Impact Hub works with civic, tech and real estate industries to create these ideas and solutions and the members of the accelerator cohort not only learn and work together during the program, but also learn and work with mentors, industry leaders and experts. Supporting sponsors for the Affordability Accelerator include Google, JP Morgan Chase, BuildFax, The Austin Board of Realtors, Capital Plus Financial and Noble Capital.
“It’s been a gift to work with this cohort!” said Impact Hub Accelerator Program Manager Reagan Pugh. “It’s been inspiring to witness their dedication as they’ve worked diligently to grow and mature their ventures over the last three months. What’s even more exciting are the creative ways they’ve partnered together – by creating alliances and offering services to one another along the journey. On showcase night, the Austin community will not only hear from the unique and innovative ventures this cohort, they’ll also see how each business compliments one another as they move forward together to tackle affordability in our city.”
About the Affordability Accelerator:
In the last year, Impact Hub Austin has hosted two accelerators focused exclusively on solving Austin’s greatest challenges. The first cohort in fall 2017 tackled affordability, and in the spring of 2018, Impact Hub Austin hosted a cohort focused on workforce development. This fall, the focus is back on affordability.
This issue continues to be one of Austin’s most challenging. Affordability is not defined solely by a reduction in housing costs. For the majority of Austinites, housing and transit costs are their largest monthly expenses and in this second accelerator, Impact Hub Austin is also producing innovative options that address the intersection of transit, housing and systemic inequities.
Cohort participants will benefit from Impact Hub’s strong network of organizations and experts working in Austin’s housing sector as well as one-on-one intensive coaching, and thoughtfully developed sessions created to produce sustainable solutions to Austin’s affordability issue.
About Impact Hub Austin:
Impact Hub Austin offers a powerful combination of mission, community and space to support game-changing ideas for social impact. At once an inspiring coworking space, incubator and community hub, Impact Hub Austin connects local entrepreneurs and creatives to a global movement for good. To learn more about the Affordable Housing Accelerator (AHA) or Impact Hub Austin, visit www.impacthubaustin.com.
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