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The application for the Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Fellowship is now open

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    The application for the Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Fellowship is now open! You can submit your application today at Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Application. Please submit your application before April 4, 2018 at 5PM EDT.

    The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world.

    Fellows accepted into the program will have access to the following resources:

    Residency, Business and Living Expenses – The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their economic background, can succeed. 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

    Strategic Venture Resources – The Halcyon Incubator has partnered with some of the leading firms in the community to advise and directly support the fellows’ ventures. During the course of the program, fellows receive more than 1,000 hours (in aggregate) of:

    World-Class Network of Mentors and Advisors – The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around the fellows by bringing together a robust network of seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors.

    • Each venture is paired with an experienced, field-specific mentor who provides weekly guidance and support during the Residency Phase.
    • Select dinners and events engage fellows with a robust network of supporters, advisors, and potential funders.

    Critical Audiences – The program helps fellows gain exposure for their ventures to support their long-term sustainability. The Halcyon Incubator provides fellows:

    • Access to entrepreneurs, press, and supporters during a formal debut at Kick-Off, an event at the beginning of the Residency Phase
    • Access to potential funders, investors, and partners during the Halcyon Showcase, an event at the end of the Residency Phase
    • Access to key community figures and innovators at conferences and other events

    Do you want to learn more about the application process? Please review Halcyon Incubator’s Eligibility and Selection Criteria and Process. For additional questions, please contact the Halcyon Incubator team at

    Submit your application today at Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Application!

    election Criteria and Process

    Here is the Halcyon Incubator program timeline for Cohort 8:

    • Application Opens – February 15, 2018
    • Application Closes – April 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT
    • Pitch Day – May 8, 2018
    • Selections Committee Notification – May 23, 2018
    • Residency Phase – August 27, 2018 to January 20, 2019
    • Post-Residency Phase – January 21, 2019 to February 29, 2020

    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!

    Selection Process

    Halcyon Incubator staff and the Selections Committee are responsible for selecting the Fellows.

    Initial Review. Halcyon Incubator staff will conduct an initial screening of each applicant, ensuring the application is complete, verifying credentials, evaluating the venture, and contacting references. The top applications will move on to the next stage in the Selection Process, Pitch Day.

    Pitch Day.  Pitch Day gives the Halcyon Incubator staff and the Selections Committee a chance to interact with finalists and learn more about each venture. During Pitch Day, finalists will be given 5 minutes to virtually pitch their ideas and 5 minutes to answer questions from members of the Selections Committee.

    Final Selection. After Pitch Day, members of the Selections Committee will select up to eight ventures for inclusion in the Halcyon Incubator program. Halcyon Incubator staff will convene to confirm the selections. Accepted Fellows will be notified of their selection by May 23, 2018.

    Submit your application today at Halcyon Incubator Fall 2018 Application!

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