Unlike other start-up incubators, which seek to attract budding companies and then provide them with business development support aimed at helping entrepreneurs impress high-net-worth investors, Significance Labs focused on helping its fellows zero in on the needs of low-income New Yorkers. So, in addition to giving each fellow a team of designer/developer/hackers to worth with (paid well below industry standards, cofounder Hannah Wright told me), the Labs staff recruited a consumer insight group of several hundred paid volunteers, who were the test-bed for each team's idea. Thus, instead of just expecting well-intentioned coders to "Hack Against Hunger" or the like, the Significance Labs teams' work were grounded well in the actual needs of their would-be users.
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