The Business Of Doing Good: Halcyon’s Fifth Cohort Looks To Address 21st Century Challenges

June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016 – With a diversity of voices and ventures, Halcyon Incubator’s fifth cohort is uniquely qualified to confront the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Today, Halcyon, one of the nation's premier incubators for early-stage social entrepreneurs, announces the selection of eight social ventures to participate in its 18-month intensive program, providing their founders the space and the resources to springboard and scale their businesses.

This class of social entrepreneurs comes from the most diverse applicant pool in Halcyon’s history, with 46% of the applicants considered coming from female founders.

“We are seeing incredible diversity in the social entrepreneurs applying to Halcyon,” says Ryan Ross, Halcyon Program Director. “Without a doubt, the fifth cohort represents some of the most innovative social enterprises in the world.”

The ventures in Cohort 5 answer pressing problems with creative solutions, ranging from accelerating coral reef restoration to increasing early access to literature through text messages.  These impressive social entrepreneurs join 32 extraordinary ventures in previous cohorts at Halcyon. Collectively, these cohorts and their ventures have impacted the lives of over 100,000 people around the world.

Meet The New Cohort And Their Ventures:

Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern // Coral Vita

Carey Anne Nadeau // Open Data Nation

Noobstaa Philip Vang // Foodhini

Ashley King-Bischof // Markit Opportunity

Stacie Whisonant // PYT Funds, Inc.

Gary Mao // Roots Studio

Bobby Moore and Zéluis Teixeira // SOAR

Phil Esterman and David McPeek // StoryTime

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About Halcyon Incubator: Halcyon Incubator, a program of S&R Foundation, is committed to solving 21st century challenges throughout the nation and world by helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. Learn more at

About S&R Foundation: S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Learn more at