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About Habitat's ShelterTech

Habitat for Humanity’s ShelterTech is the world’s leading platform for affordable housing innovation, advancing entrepreneurial housing solutions that radically improve the lives of low-income families. 

Supported by Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter and its partners, ShelterTech puts entrepreneurs at the center of a highly connected ecosystem of collaborators who share a passion for revolutionary solutions in affordable housing. They include investors, financial institutions, foundations, corporations, governments, peers, mentors and technical experts.

ShelterTech is exceptionally positioned to disrupt a sector that is at the center of the sustainable development agenda: affordable housing. 

Sub-Saharan Africa cohort revealed

Ten startups will join the ShelterTech journey to impact the affordable housing sector Find out who they are.

How we work

ShelterTech works across sectors, industries and geographies to bring together the most impactful and cutting-edge innovations improving housing conditions for low-income families across the globe.

We do this through a results-based, evidence-driven approach that supports housing entrepreneurs and builds meaningful collaborations with private sector players and other stakeholders to help address the deficit in affordable and quality housing.

ShelterTech has a strong investment focus, aiming to be a driving force by strategically deploying capital into housing sector startups, with the goal to create an investable portfolio of solutions that make safe and affordable housing accessible to families across the globe.

By the numbers

70+ startups and scaleups supported through ShelterTech; 1600+ hours of industry mentorship committed for our 2020 cohorts; 7 focus themes within affordable housing, including materials, finance and energy; 150+ individuals in the ShelterTech ecosystem

A glimpse of ShelterTech’s initiatives

Connections – Knowledge – Visibility – Capital
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With accelerator programs in Mexico, Kenya, India and, as of 2020, Southeast Asia and the Andean region of South America, the Terwilliger Center and its partners work intensively with selected shelter startups and scaleups to help them grow and thrive. Read more.

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ShelterTech offers continuous engagement and opportunities for startups, scaleups and ecosystem partners, where ventures can connect, exchange knowledge, access new markets, increase visibility, access funding and work with Habitat’s global donors and partners.

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Catalytic funds

ShelterTech offers catalytic funds of up to US$25,000 to startups and scaleups, enabling entrepreneurs to better position themselves for growth and scale. With the funds, startups can refine their innovation in pursuit of ideal product-market fit and get closer to their customer segment. Learn more.

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Through target-focused events, including Investor Dialogues, Symposiums for corporations and foundations and Global Summits, ShelterTech provides ongoing opportunities for ecosystem partners to learn about the latest sector developments, hear from experts and enjoy high-quality connections with like-minded innovators.

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The ShelterTech awards – distributed as part of Habitat’s regional Housing Forums – provide additional recognition, visibility and funding opportunities for startups and innovative housing technologies in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.

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ShelterTech’s track option provides existing accelerator and incubation programs – in PropTech, smart cities or impact-focused programs – an ideal path to incorporate affordable housing into their offering, through relevant curriculum, networks, mentoring and support to founders from Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter.

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Knowledge hub

The knowledge hub serves as the go-to place to find out more about most groundbreaking and innovative shelter solutions and join in conversation with the housing ecosystem.

Why ShelterTech?

ShelterTech is exceptionally positioned to disrupt a sector that is at the center of the sustainable development agenda: affordable housing. Our ambitious goal: make housing one of the top five impact investment categories by 2025. 

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