Selection Criteria and Process

The program for the sixth cohort follows this timeline:

Application Closes – October 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET

  • Residency Phase – February 2017 to June 2017  
  • Post-Residency Phase   July 2017 to July 2018

Selection Criteria

Applications are judged and selected based on the following six criteria:

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 (and, in remarkable cases, accept more than eight ventures into the program). Accepted Fellows will be notified of their selection by e-mail in November.