The Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab (SIL) accelerates leaders and ventures building innovative, sustainable, and scalable solutions in Baltimore that work towards a healthy and prosperous world. We aim to see mission-driven ventures from both the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities develop into thriving ventures with measurable impacts.

Our mission is to effect meaningful social change in Baltimore and beyond by supporting and accelerating social innovators and ventures from opportunity to impact.  

Our vision is a Baltimore and Johns Hopkins community where all good ideas have an opportunity to grow and positive social benefit to our communities and planet. 

How we do this: We support innovative, early-stage, mission-driven ventures and disruptive technologies to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond. Our primary enterprise is our six-month Accelerator program that provides Baltimore-area social ventures the resources required to develop into thriving, sustainable startups with measurable impact.

Additionally, our Impact Bootcamps enable entrepreneurs to gain or enhance the essential skills to launch and lead a social venture. Programming features members of the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore-area ecosystems with an open door for new, potential partners to join upcoming bootcamps.

On an enduring mission to deepen connections within Baltimore, SIL has helped over 110 startups raise millions in funding and directly impact their community and its people. SIL is open to non-profit and for-profit ventures led by Johns Hopkins faculty, students, and staff, or Baltimore community members.

Our Story

SIL began as a student organization. Learn more about our impact since those early days.

Apply to our Accelerator Program

Details about applying to our cohort including eligibility, timelines, and FAQs. Next Application Period: August-October 2022

Impact Bootcamp

Our Impact Bootcamp supports innovators with new ideas, preparing to launch their social venture.

Support SIL

SIL’s work would not be possible without a dedicated network of committed sponsors, mentors, donors and friends.

SIL Past Cohorts

Meet the startups from past Accelerators who are still making an impact.

Find out more

Want more information about Social Innovation Lab? Reach out to find out more about this program.

Josh Ambrose

Director, Student Ventures