Techstars Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures

This program is for talented entrepreneurs designing solutions that generate greater economic mobility for low- and moderate-income Americans, in areas including technical and skill-based education, financial inclusion, and economic resilience.

New York, New York

2023 September

In Person Program
This program hopes to run in-person, dependent on COVID-19 conditions.

Mar 20th, 2023

Applications Open

Jun 7th, 2023

Final Deadline

Sep 7th, 2023

Accelerator Starts

Dec 7th, 2023

Demo Day

About the Program

Information Sessions

  • 6/6/23 at 4pm ET: Raising Capital with MD Keith Camhi, part of the Techstars Fundraising Series: register here

  • Thought Leader Panel with Meredith Shields, David Williams, and Alex Cortez (5/30/23): Watch the recording

  • Alumni Panel with Crissi Cole, Marc Steren, and Harley Blakeman (5/24/23): Watch the recording

  • AMA about the program with Keith, Pia, Gemma, and Pooja (4/20/23): Watch the recording

Program Themes

We are looking for companies that address the following areas:

Technical and skill-based education: 

  • Education solutions to enhance the training and qualifications of the workforce, individuals’ existing skills, and interests, and close the digital divide   

  • Workforce development solutions that create career pathways and credentials, job training, and placement in engaging, purposeful jobs, including entrepreneurship and green jobs 

Financial Inclusion: 

  • Banking, saving, and lending products and services that are designed specifically for LMI Americans  

  • Digital tools and delivery mechanisms to build financial literacy and decision-making skills 

  • Solutions to create financial security through community lending, debt consolidation, financial stress reduction, tech-enabled advising, and more 

Economic Resilience:  

  • Support navigating transitions, such as job changes, post-incarceration, retirement, housing transitions, benefits cliffs, and changes in mental and physical health 

  • Solutions that improve the accessibility and usability of public and private benefits including supplemental income, nutrition, housing, insurance, transportation, childcare, and more 

  • Market-responsive technologies that future-proof talent 

Technologies that show promise in this sector include AI-enabled personalized learning, mobile-friendly low-data financial advising, AR/VR enabled training, digital identity solutions, and tools that measure and track employee engagement, skills gaps, and pathways.

Stay Connected

  • Stay connected with us on LinkedIn and Twitter for updates and special programming.


"I'm energized by supporting great founders and addressing the gap between the distribution of talent and opportunity.”

Keith Camhi, Managing Director
Read the Q+A

The Team

“I look for founders who have a unique insight into solving a big problem that they are passionately motivated to address”
Keith Camhi
Managing Director
Pooja Sinha
Program Manager



Pia Desai
Executive Director, Samvid Ventures
Gemma Lenowitz
Program Director, Samvid Ventures
Laura Clancy
COO, Samvid Ventures