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We are committed to championing businesses and founders whose work drives the world forward. Since 2014 the Halcyon Incubator has helped fellows’ ventures raise $180 million, create more than 2,350 jobs, and positively impact over 2.7 million lives.

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Halcyon Fellowships equip early-stage social entrepreneurs with tools and relationships they need to achieve scalable, lasting impact.

Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Halcyon’s Flagship Residential Fellowship (Cohort 16, Spring 2022), 2022 Opportunity Intensive Fellowship, 2022 Africa Intensive Fellowship.

Application deadline: Friday, October 8, 11:59pm ET

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Flagship Residential Fellowship

The fellowship that launched the Halcyon Incubator in 2014 has supported over 100 inspiring founders and their ventures. Sector agnostic, open to early-stage social entrepreneurs from around the world, and offered in-person during a 5-month (February – July 2022) residency in Washington, DC.

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Africa Intensive Fellowship

Our newest fellowship! Developed exclusively for social entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa. Offered in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), fellows receive an extensive range of AWS resources including access to solutions architects, training, certification, and cloud credits. Hybrid format with a virtual experience and a one-week in-person Washington, DC residency in February 2022.

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Opportunity Intensive Fellowship

Designed for social entrepreneurs living in or primarily serving government-designated Opportunity Zones in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (including suburban Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore). Ventures receive holistic support designed to close funding gaps. Offered in a hybrid format, including monthly virtual programming throughout the year and two weeks of in-person residency, one week in February and one week in summer 2022.

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What are the benefits of Halcyon fellowships?

Halcyon supports the development of fellows’ ventures and the fellows themselves as entrepreneurs and leaders.

Halcyon provides fellows: space, community, and access. The physical and mental space to focus on your venture and grow as an entrepreneur and a leader. Connection to a community of entrepreneurs and world-class mentors. Access to a thriving innovation ecosystem, vital pro-bono resources, skill development trainings, peer consultations, and a network of technical experts and investors.

Fellowship Benefits

Equity free stipend | Final showcase to pitch Halcyon community members, investors & strategic partners | Pro-bono support from Halcyon’s legal, business, consulting, and technical partners including Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs who successfully scaled their businesses | Mentorship and leadership coaching |AWS cloud  credits &training| Skill development and capacity building programming | Five months housing and workspace in Washington, DC (Flagship Residential Fellowship only) | Lifelong community of global impact innovators | Halcyon team members who are always here to cheer for you and your impact!

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“Halcyon is a supportive, strategic, and well-run program. The staff are fully dedicated to helping Fellows succeed, and they demonstrate that rare mix of ambition, humility, and commitment to excellence. I am proud to be part of this community.”

– Ronit Avni, Founder and CEO, Localized

Who should apply?

In general, we are looking for candidates who:

  • Lead an early-stage for-profit or hybrid social business that solves a social and/or environmental issue and has the potential to grow and scale (both the business and the impact)
  • Hold primary decision-making power in the growth and strategic vision of their social business, typically as a founder and CEO (ventures with multiple founders may apply with up to two co-founders)
  • Will contribute to the growth and development of the Halcyon Fellow community by sharing your talents, expertise, and empathy with your peers
  • Can travel to Washington, DC and stay at Halcyon for the duration of their residency.
  • Applicants for the Flagship Residential Fellowship may live and work anywhere in the world, Africa Intensive applicants must be currently based in Sub-Saharan Africa, applicants for the Opportunity Intensive must be living in and/or primarily serving a government-designated Opportunity Zone in the Washington, DC metropolitan area

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