The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at the Johns Hopkins University accelerates emerging ventures and leaders to change Baltimore and the world.

SIL supports 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.

Our annual 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 100 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.

Meet the 2021-22 SIL Cohort Teams

Learn about the 10 teams in the 2021-22 Cohort. Find out how they plan to make an impact on Baltimore and beyond.

Apply to our Accelerator Program

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

Madison Marks

Director, Social Innovation Lab