Affordable Housing Innovation

Advancing entrepreneurial housing solutions to improve the lives of low-income families globally

Safe shelter should be a universal human right. However, 1.6 million people around the world live in substandard shelter conditions. If we don’t take action now, this number will increase to 3 billion by 2050. ShelterTech aims to employ innovative solutions to tackle this pending crisis.

ShelterTech is the world’s leading platform for affordable housing innovation, advancing entrepreneurial housing solutions that radically improve the lives of families around the world.

It brings innovators, startups, scaleups, corporations, foundations, investors, and governments together, to identify, collaborate, and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Our goal

ShelterTech’s goal is to bridge the gap between innovation and affordable shelter solutions. We want to strengthen accessible housing markets by supplying affordable and sustainable products and services around the world.

ShelterTech’s aims is to build an ecosystem that creates sustainable partnerships while providing critical connections, knowledge, visibility, and capital for ventures in the affordable housing sector.


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit that believes everyone has the right to affordable and secure housing through sustainable innovative solutions.


ShelterTech offers a broad range of initiatives aimed at supporting entrepreneurs through meaningful collaborations, including catalytic funds, events, global communities, awards, and a knowledge hub constantly updated with the latest news and research.

Our Focus Areas

  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Finance
  • Land
  • Markets
  • Energy
  • Water and Sanitation

ShelterTech in action: sub-Saharan Africa Accelerator

Estimates state that 50% of sub-Saharan Africa will be living in towns and cities by 2030.

Despite rapid urbanization, millions of people across the region live in slums. The shelter affordability gap is larger than anywhere else in the world, with reduced land rights and weak regional governance structures leaving citizens vulnerable.

That’s why ShelterTech has launched its sub-Saharan Africa Accelerator, aimed at transforming the future of affordable housing across the region and beyond.

Habitat for Humanity - Sub-Saharan Africa Accelerator

Key dates: Sub-Saharan Africa Accelerator

  • Deadline to Apply
    July 6, 2022
  • Selection Day
    August 22, 2022
  • Program Start
    September 1, 2022
  • Expo Day
    February 15, 2023