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Propel focuses on financially underserved populations in the U.S. by providing a tool that drastically enhances transparency and better management and budgeting of vital government subsidies.


Propel builds modern, respectful, effective technology that helps low-income Americans improve their financial health. 


Financial volatility is a fact of life in the American economy. Families who face financial hardship must navigate a set of tools that are fragmented, bureaucratic, techno-phobic, and expensive – at a time when they are most in need of world-class products and services to help them get back on their feet. Those experiences include both the public-sector safety net (e.g.,programs like food stamps, Medicaid) and private-sector products (e.g., check cashers, payday lenders). 


Propel builds software, including the Fresh EBT application, for low-income Americans who are often overlooked by traditional tech innovation.


Propel is focused on improving the system for low-income Americans by building a business that grows if – and only if – it helps more low-income Americans improve their financial health.

What They Do

Makes Government User Friendly

Team Members

Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen
Co-Founder & CEO
Shelly Ni
Shelly Ni
Co-Founder & Design Lead
Ram Mehta
Ram Mehta
Co-Founder & Tech Lead




New York, NY



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