Applications are now closed for the SIL Cohort 2021-22. We anticipate opening applications for our next cohort in August 2022.
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. SIL provides funding, advising and mentorship, training, technical assistance, office space, and network access to help these innovative mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies develop into thriving, sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.
Since 2011, SIL has supported 103 ventures including B-360 Baltimore, ClearMask, Dyslexia Advocation, Inc., Fight Blight Bmore, Happy Teacher Revolution, Infinite Focus Schools, Intelehealth, Mera Kitchen Collective, Mindstand Technologies, MOMCares, Parity, PIVOT Baltimore, SpreadKarma, The Portable Alternative Crib Initiative, Urban Pastoral, and WeGo Foundation
View our Impact Reports to learn more about these ventures.
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
- Working towards a solution with a stated social or environmental impact.
- Applications may be submitted for ventures that are in the prototype/pilot phase (for at least six months) or already launched and operating. Ventures should be able to demonstrate accomplishments, traction, or impact.
- Entrepreneurs should be currently based in, focusing on, or intending to engage/form partnerships in the greater Baltimore area.
- Applications are welcome from Johns Hopkins students, staff, and faculty, as well as non-affiliates of Johns Hopkins University.
- Ventures may be non-profit, for-profit, or not yet incorporated.
- We welcome and encourage applications from diverse and traditionally underrepresented founders.
How to Apply
Quick overview of the steps you take to apply.
Step 1: Submit name & email address
Register and create your account to receive a personalized application link via email. This link allows you to edit and save your application.
Step 2: Prepare online application
Fill out your application. Click below to review questions and instructions.
Step 3: Prepare video submission
Applicants also need to send a 2-minute video about their startup. Click below for video submission details and instructions.
Step 4: Complete & submit application
Once your online application is submitted and video link is sent, you are done! Have questions along the way? Contact Madison Marks, Director.
EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS
- The leadership abilities of the applicant
- The venture’s boldness, originality, and potential for impact as well as accomplishments to-date, feasibility, and potential for sustainability
- Fit with SIL resources and offerings
APPLICATION AND PROGRAM TIMELINES
- Applications Open: August 16-October 1, 2021
- Finalist Interviews: Third week of October
- Finalists are notified if they have or have not been accepted into the SIL 2020-21 cohort: November 1
- Program Timeline: November 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
SIL Program Overview
A snapshot of the services and resources offered for SIL entrepreneurs.
$1,000 stipend for all accepted companies. $25k cohort prize awarded at program completion. Additional funding opportunities may be announced.
mentorship & networking
Introductions to network of mentors and advisors.
Direct support from SIL Director throughout the cohort experience.
Pro bono tax, accounting, legal, and banking services through FastForward.
Plug into JHU-wide opportunities
Engage with opportunities for social entrepreneurs and community ventures across JHU.
Sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs and social sector leaders.
SIL's Impact Forum provides the opportunity to showcase ventures to large audiences.
Office and meeting space at FastForward U in Remington.
Continued support from the JHU community, SIL mentors, and ecosystem partners.