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.

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 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



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

Madison Marks

Director, Social Innovation Lab