About Halcyon

Our Mission

To accelerate the impact-driven future of business.

Our Values

  • Nimble

  • Humble

  • Risk-tolerant

  • Nurturing

  • Optimistic

Our Key Verticals

In our 10th year, Halcyon made a deliberate shift in our programing to focus on the markets where we believe the greatest impact can be made: Health, Climate, and EquityTech.

Since 2014, Halcyon’s fellowships for early-stage social entrepreneurs have provided space, community, and access to more than 500 fellows—infusing support at a critical juncture where many impact-driven startups fail. This support includes cultivating specific speakers, advisors, mentors, and others based on each of these key verticals. We have had a decade to build the expertise needed to foster business and leadership skills with our founders, and look forward to building even more expertise in these fields as we focus our programing.


Our Health vertical empowers entrepreneurs across the United States and the globe leveraging technology to improve physical and mental healthcare outcomes and reduce barriers to quality, affordable healthcare.

Sub-sectors include telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutics, healthcare operations, health data analytics and AI, MedTech, FemTech, preventative medicine, health finance, AgeTech/Longevity Tech, and more.

In addition to our general programmatic offerings, fellows in the health space receive specific skill series on topics such as regulation/FDA, data privacy, DC/Maryland health opportunities, digital health solutions, and more.


Our Climate vertical empowers entrepreneurs across the United States and the globe creating solutions that address climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Sub-sectors include renewable energy generation and storage, green building technologies, climate data and analytics, climate-smart agriculture and food systems, WaterTech, blue economy solutions, and more.

In addition to our general programmatic offerings, fellows in the Climate space receive specific skill series on topics such as partnering with corporates, policy and regulation, impact measurement for climate, climate investing, and more.


Our EquityTech vertical empowers entrepreneurs across the United States and the globe leveraging technology to increase social and financial inclusion and close equity gaps in wealth, education, and accessibility.

Sub-sectors include FinTech, future of work, Assistive Tech, EdTech, and more.

In addition to our general programmatic offerings, fellows in the EquityTech space receive specific skill series on topics such as community-driven innovation, social impact measurement, inclusive design thinking, leveraging grants, and more.

Here are our three big bets:

1. In the long run, impact-driven businesses will outperform their traditional counterparts.

2. Impact-driven businesses represent a powerful opportunity to drive equity and inclusivity in the workplace and in society.

3. Impact-driven business is the only viable future for capitalist society, and represents the best path forward to solving the problems of the 21st century.

Impact-driven businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them cannot be allowed to fail while the world is convinced of those three things.

Halcyon is the community supporting their progress, and making the public and private sectors ready to receive and embrace impact-driven business.

So Halcyon shows up in that critical moment where viability is proven and scalability is achievable, but where barriers could limit a business’s ability to last – even if that business has the potential to solve a massive global problem.

A Halcyon fellowship or an investment through one of our funding vehicles brings that venture into our community, where it’s met not only with resources, but with people who truly understand the entrepreneur’s journey – and once a venture is part of the Halcyon family, that lasts a lifetime.

Halcyon’s programs infuse essential resources – space, community, or access – specifically for early-stage ventures.

There’s a reason we resist the temptation to focus on “safer” ventures further along in their entrepreneurial journey: brilliant social entrepreneurs encounter barriers that threaten their ability to grow their businesses, and they encounter those barriers earlier and more often than their traditional business counterparts. This is even more true if the entrepreneurs are women or people of color.

What our community is building over time is a foundation that makes capitalism sustainable in the 21st century.

Traditional businesses are prone to envisioning stakeholders as a relatively small group – investors, board members, customers – rather than seeing the way our global community fits in. It’s not in their DNA to think that way. But when impact is built from the ground up, businesses see their stakeholders holistically. It’s a competitive advantage that fuels growth and accelerates solutions to global problems.

The Halcyon Myth

The kingfisher bird of Greek legend, known for its long beak and bright colors, represents peace and calm.

The mythical Halcyon birds were lovers, cursed by the Greek gods but granted respite for a brief time every year, when the seas would calm long enough for them to nest together. This story inspired the phrase “halcyon days,” a time of peace and positivity. The mythical Halcyon bird is an appropriate symbol for Halcyon, a haven where people with big, bold ideas can find support from a community that believes in their vision. The momentum of the logo’s bird in flight echoes the future-focused drive, energy, and optimism of Halcyon’s mission and work.

Our History

Explore the timeline and see how we got to where we are today.


Our Impact

See the measurable impact of Halcyon’s programming.


Our Space

Learn about our headquarters, the historic Halcyon House.

Our Space

Our Team

Meet the creative, passionate minds behind Halcyon’s programming and operations.


Our Board

We wouldn’t be here without their guidance and expertise – get to know our board of directors.


Our Commitment

We acknowledge the barriers and inequities present in the nonprofit sector, as well as the business world. We commit to creating a culture of belonging where authentic selves are welcome in all Halcyon spaces and value the richness of lived experience. We pursue diversity, reflected in our leadership and throughout our network, and lean on inclusive practices, thoughtful training, and equitable policy in order to do so. We work in tandem with communities we serve to amplify diverse voices, engage in sometimes difficult conversation, and challenge systems of oppression.