Selection Criteria and Process

Selection Criteria

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Selection Process for Fall 2020

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

Initial Review. After the application closed on April 8, 2020, 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.

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 a Zoom video conference on May 12, 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 June 1, 2020.

To learn more about the application process, please review our application information, and Eligibility Requirements. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at