Please note applications for the SIL 2020-21 cohort are now closed. 

Calling all social innovators of Baltimore!

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at Johns Hopkins University accelerates emerging ventures and leaders that seek to change Baltimore and the world. By providing funding, mentorship, and workshops, SIL helps innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies, and disruptive technologies grow into thriving, sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.

Since 2011, SIL has supported 93 ventures including The Portable Alternative Crib Initiative, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, Mera Kitchen Collective, ClearMask, and Parity. View our 2019 and 2020 Impact Reports to learn more.

Who should apply

SIL seeks driven, thoughtful applicants who are:

  • Deliberate in developing a potential solution rooted in personal
    experience or extensive research
  • Willing to exert extraordinary dedication to make the potential solution a reality
  • Enthusiastic about joining a learning community and sharing resources and open-minded in their approach


  • Applicants must be a resident of the greater Baltimore area or a Johns Hopkins University student, faculty, or staff member
  • Applications may be submitted for ventures that are in the prototype/pilot phase or already launched and operating
  • Ventures are required to be beyond the idea stage and must be able to demonstrate accomplishments, traction, or impact
  • Ventures may be non-profit, for-profit, or not yet incorporated

Application process


  1. The leadership abilities of the applicant
  2. The venture’s boldness, originality, and potential for impact as well as accomplishments to-date, feasibility, and potential for sustainability
  3. Fit with SIL resources and offerings


  • Applications for the SIL 2020-21 cohort are now closed.
  • Applicants are notified if they have or have not been invited to the interview round: November 6
  • Applicant interviews: Second week of November
  • Finalists are notified if they have or have not been accepted into the SIL 2020-21 cohort: November 20
  • Program timeline: Early December 2020-April 28, 2020 (Note: Specific dates to be announced soon).


Connect with Madison if you have questions about the application process or the SIL cohort experience.

Madison Marks

Director, Social Innovation Lab