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Halcyon Incubator: Turning Audacious Ideas into Scalable Ventures

Halcyon transforms the ideas from top entrepreneurs for realizing peace, prosperity and protecting our planet into sustainable businesses.

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Halcyon Incubator equips early stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures that change the world. To date, Halcyon has incubated over 40 ventures which have independently raised over $16 million in external funding, created hundreds of jobs and have impacted over 300,000 lives around the world in areas of food, energy, health, education, and community building.  Over 50% of Halcyon's ventures have a female and/or a minority founder.  

Halcyon currently hosts some of the world's top social enterprises for a five-month fellowship which includes 5 months of free housing, 13 months of rent-free workspace, a $10,000 stipend, access to a world-class network of corporate partners, supporters, and investors, one-on-one mentoring and leadership coaching, and over 1000 hours of free advice from legal, business and marketing partner companies.

Over the Summer months, Halcyon is opening its doors to social enterprises for customized boot camps, with the same quality of services offered through our 5 month fellowships.  These boot camps can take place over a long weekend, 1-week or 2-week periods for up to 10 ventures at a time.

Halcyon is seeking partners and funders to expand our reach via Boot Camps and meet the growing demand from social enterprises around the world who are working to solve some of the most pressing 21st century problems.

The best way to understand the kind of impact Halcyon Incubator has, is by getting to know our Fellows.  Here is a link to our current and previous fellows: http://halcyonhouse.org/incubator/fellows

Explain your idea

Supporting the most promising social entrepreneurs is one of the most efficient ways to develop and deploy solutions to major 21st Century problems. There is a considerable growth of social enterprises in the US and around the world, and Halcyon is in the unique position of having three years of demonstrated success in turning these ideas into scalable ventures. With additional support, Halcyon can reach more top entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools they need to change the world. In practice, Halcyon Boot Camps will be based on our proven model for supporting high-impact social enterprises, and has the capacity to more than quadruple the number of entrepreneurs we incubate. For the Boot Camps, Halcyon is prepared to provide the residential component, all of the programming, mentoring, and skills training provided to our current set of entrepreneurs. For the benefit of new Halcyon Boot Camp entrepreneurs, we have an unparalleled network of experts, investors and corporate partners that offer their services to our entrepreneurs for free. For most of our current entrepreneurs, exposure to these networks have been instrumental in their venture's success. The immersive experience of the Halcyon Incubator provides an environment for entrepreneurs to focus 100% on the building of their ventures and avoid the typical life distractions, especially prevalent for young entrepreneurs. Identification of top entrepreneurs for Halcyon Boot Camps will be performed via our existing network of domestic and international social enterprise support institutions and organizations. Mixed with Halcyon's rigorous process for identifying the social entrepreneurs whose ideas will have the greatest impact, Halcyon will ensure that the entrepreneurs picked for the Boot Camp will be the best of the best.

Who Benefits?

Top social entrepreneurs with transformative ideas for solving 21st Century problems will be the direct beneficiaries of Halcyon's expansion. They will benefit from immersion into Halcyon's inspirational space in Washington, DC, our remarkable network, and our continued support following the Boot Camp.

How is your idea unique?

There are hundreds of business incubators and co-working spaces around the world that provide basic services to early-stage companies. For the most part, these are real estate deals which provide affordable office-space to startups. There are also many investors who provide support to their portfolio companies in order to maximize their return. Halcyon has something very different. We take 0 equity in our entrepreneurs, so that they maintain 100% ownership of their ventures; our program is tailored for social enterprises who weave the social impact of their venture into their business models; and we have created a unique community of social enterprises that constantly builds on itself.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Full-scale roll-out: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the users I am trying to reach with my idea. I am ready to expand the pilot significantly.

Tell us more about you

Halcyon Incubator is part of Halcyon which is devoted to the power of human creativity. Halcyon has robust programming at the intersection of science, technology, art and entrepreneurship. We have many corporate partners including Arnold and Porter, Deloitte, Amazon Web Services and Capital One who provide complimentary services to our social entrepreneurs. Halcyon is also opening its Arts Lab which is a 9-month residential program for emerging artists, comparable to the incubator model. We host dialogues on emerging technologies, the future of work, and highlight individuals and organizations who have made great achievements in solving 21st Century problems. Halcyon is based in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC and is housed in a 30,000 square foot 18th Century mansion which was donated. All of the incubator fellows reside at the house which is also equipped with co-working spaces, a library, and a studio for events accommodating up to 250 people. Halcyon has a dedicated staff who are prepared for the Incubator's Boot Camp expansion. Learn more about our team and our remarkable board of advisers at http://halcyonhouse.org/about/team.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
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Infographic of the Halcyon Incubator Experience

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Overview of the Halcyon Boot Camp Expansion Opportunity

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