SOURCE: The Workers Lab

The Workers Lab

May 27, 2015 15:35 ET

The Workers Lab Announces Summer Institute to Support Ventures Focused on Building Power for U.S. Workers

Application Deadline June 9, 2015, 11:59 pm PT

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwired - May 27, 2015) - The Workers Lab, the nation's first investment and innovation lab focused on disrupting the trillion-dollar low-wage economy, today announced a call for applications to the inaugural two-day Summer Institute. The Workers Lab Summer Institute is designed to help entrepreneurs and community organizers take big ideas and make them into viable business propositions that help improve conditions for low-wage workers. The intensive takes place from July 28-30, 2015 in Oakland, California.

According to the National Employment Law Project, 6 out of 10 occupations will be classified as low wage by 2020.

"At the Workers Lab, we do not believe that arriving at 2020 with 60% of jobs being classified as low wage is inevitable," said Dr. Carmen Rojas, founder and CEO of The Workers Lab. "We have an opportunity to lead our economy in a new direction through investing in organizing strategies, business models, and platforms that will lift wages and transform the lives of people who work across the U.S."

The Summer Institute expands an ecosystem of support for people working to build power for U.S. workers. The Workers Lab team will provide coaching throughout the two-day intensive. Participants will have direct access to expert advisors in social entrepreneurship and low-wage worker initiatives.

Who should apply?
Entrepreneurs, community organizers, technologists, economic justice organizations, and businesses in the early stages of creating scalable and self-sustaining solutions that improve conditions for low-wage U.S. workers. Considered submissions must have a revenue-generating strategy and be replicable across industries and/or geographies.

What will be provided?
High-level coaching, peer-to-peer consultation for other project leads, and the opportunity to sharpen business plans in real time.

Oakland, California. Travel and lodging will be provided by The Workers Lab.

July 28th - 30th, 2015

Where to apply?
You can apply here

What is the deadline?
June 9th, 2015; 11:59 pm Pacific Time

When is notification?
Selected applicants will be notified by June 30th, 2015

About The Workers Lab:
Founded in 2014, The Workers Lab invests capital, offers an accelerator program focused on business and leadership development, and connects ventures to a broad network of supporters to enable their continued development and success. The Workers Lab stands to help define the next generation solutions that increase workers' mobility and power in the U.S. through our catalytic investments. As a living laboratory, we have the opportunity to ground the political and strategic conversations about the future of work in the lived-experiences of workers and organizers at the front lines of innovation. @theworkerslab

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