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Please check back for regular updates on our 2018 Affordability Accelerator

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, a peer cohort model, and expertly developed sessions created to produce sustainable solutions to Austin’s affordable housing issue.



  • ...A desire to change Austin’s affordability problem

  • ...Identified a good Problem-Solution fit: your solution can actually have a meaningful impact on the problem

  • ...The skills and background necessary to be able to deliver your solution

  • ...The ability to measure your impact and track progress against it

  • ...A plan for the next twelve months with clear goals and outputs, fully aware that both are probably wrong

  • ...Are based in Austin, TX and want to learn from, contribute to and build with a cohort of locally-based peers


  • ...Consistent encouragement, inspiration and practical tools.

  • ...Dedicated time, mentoring and tailored support as you test and build your impact and business models

  • ...Specialist advice from other successful ventures and relevant experts

  • ...Powerful connections, including to customers, beneficiaries, potential partners, funders, talent and other locally-based peers like you

  • ...Help recruiting, building and engaging your board

*Huge thanks to the UnLtd USA team for sharing templates, inspiration & best practices as we have built this process and program.

Strategic Issue Areas


Policy & Advocacy

Creating and sustaining affordable housing is complex.  Austin, like other cities, has its own unique policy, history and needs when it comes to affordability.  Under this track we are soliciting teams that support stakeholder understanding, education on current Austin data and other initiatives that enable the long term adoption of policies that support affordability in Austin. 

Financial Modeling

Austin’s land and infrastructure are expensive.  This is a huge component to lack of affordability city-wide.  Under this track, we are soliciting teams that will utilize innovative financial models that enable production and/or preservation of affordable units in Austin.  These teams will use strong partnerships and other methods to buy the cost of units down. We are looking for this initiatives to have potential for broad application.


Efficiency Tools

You have heard the phrase - time is money; and nowhere is this more accurate (and with expensive consequences) than in producing affordable housing.  Under this track we are soliciting teams that are working on tools, tech enabled or otherwise, that will support efficiency in identifying, executing and delivering on affordable housing stock.


What You Get As A Participant*

Impact Hub North and South are open to you.  Our community, our amenities, our coffee and swings!  Having you all in our building also ex

We know that people often learn the most from their peers, so we facilitate opportunities for you and your cohort members to share insights, resources, ideas and contacts.

Bringing together a city's top mentors, advisors and industry experts, we help you identify and pull in the talent you need to succeed, including customers, beneficiaries, potential partners, funders and talent.

Drawing on the skills and expertise of our team, our network of Mentors and your own cohort members, we provide customized coaching and a series of trainings in key skills for venture and impact success.

*Huge thanks to the UnLtd USA team for sharing templates, inspiration & best practices as we have built this process and program.



The best way to win is to have everyone brings their expertise to the table. Mentors are proven practitioners in Austin specific issues pertaining to housing, government, non-profits and business.