Selection Criteria and Process

The application for the Halcyon Incubator Spring 2020 Fellowship closes soon on October 10th at 5PM EDT! Finish your application today!

Here is the Application, Residency, and Post-Residency Timeline for Cohort 12:

Selection Criteria

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

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.

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.

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.

Impact. Successful applicants demonstrate a 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.

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!

Selection Process

Halcyon Incubator staff, Fellows, and the Selections Committee are responsible for reviewing your application and selecting the new Halcyon Incubator Fellows.

Initial Review. Halcyon Incubator staff and Fellows 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.

Screening Calls. Top 32 semifinalist applicants will have a 5-minute screening call with a member of the incubator team to answer any questions about their application, venture, and ability to commit to the program.

Pitch Day. Top 16 finalist applicants will be given 5 minutes to deliver a virtual pitch and 5 minutes to answers questions from members of the Selections Committee via Zoom video conferencing on November 19, 2020. Pitch Day gives the Halcyon Incubator staff and the Selections Committee a chance to interact with finalists and learn more about each venture.

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. Accepted Fellows will be notified of their selection by December 10, 2019.

To learn more about the application process, please review our Apply, Eligibility Requirements, and Application Form. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at halcyonincubator@halcyonhouse.orgSubmit your application by 10/10!