Applications are ongoing for the Halcyon Incubator Program 2018. The Halcyon Incubator is committed to solving 21st-century challenges throughout the nation and the world. By helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, the Halcyon Incubator acts as a catalyst for measurable social outcomes. It’s perhaps the most immersive incubator in the world that focuses on both social impact and profit.

During this 18-month fellowship, a diverse cohort of fellows receives free residency and workspace, mentorship and leadership coaching, robust support from business consultants, and a living stipend to develop their entrepreneurial vision into reality.

Fellows engage with the program in two major stages:

  • Residency (5 months): Fellows live and work at the Halcyon Incubator with unfettered access to expert guidance. They also participate in core programming that includes pitch sessions, a skill development series and other events, ultimately taking part in a “Demo Day” in front of partners and investors.
  • Post-Residency (13 months): Fellows continue to work at the Halcyon Incubator, with free access to all resources to further build their networks, secure funding, and grow their venture.

Benefit:

The program reduces the financial barriers to starting a social venture by providing:

  • Five months of free housing at the historic Halcyon House (Residency Phase)
  • 13 months of free workspace at Halcyon House (Post-Residency Phase)
  • A $10,000 stipend per venture for food and living expenses during the Residency Phase

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Halcyon Incubator:

  • Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
  • The venture must be the original idea of the applicant(s).
  • The venture must be in start-up idea, MVP, or pilot phase.
  • The venture must have less than $500,000 annual revenue.
  • The venture must be independent and autonomous. Ventures cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they were started under the direction of an existing organization.
  • The applicant or applicant’s team must be the primary decision maker for the venture’s development and management.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the venture’s development during the first twelve months of the fellowship.
  • Applicant(s) who will be enrolled in a college or university during the time of the fellowship are not eligible.
  • Applicant(s) must have legal work status in the United States or be able to obtain a visa for the Residency and Post-Residency phases.
  • Applicant(s) must complete the entire online application and submit it and all required documents before the closing date.

Selection Criteria:

Applications are judged and selected based on the following six criteria:

  • Execution: The application is our first introduction; get off on the right foot. Successful applicants have a big vision but also pay careful attention to detail.
  • Talent: Do you have what it takes to lead your venture to success? Strong applicants exhibit characteristics of extraordinary leadership: vision, intelligence, resilience, and follow-through.
  • Problem/Solution: Does your venture identify a real and pressing problem and propose a viable solution? Strong applications effectively and narrowly define a pain point and outline a solution that addresses the pain point.
  • Sustainability: We’re looking for innovative social ventures that sell a core product or service to achieve impact.
  • Impact: Successful applicants demonstrate significant impact as a core part of their venture. We look for impact both in terms of how impactful the core product or service is, and how scalable is the model to spread this impact.
  • Innovation: How is your solution to a problem different from current solutions? What sets you apart? We value audacious ideas that disrupt the status quo and move the needle on 21st century challenges. Think big!

Application Process:

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Deadline: October 17, 2017.

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