Halcyon accelerates the impact-driven future of business. We believe there's a competitive advantage to having a social mission in your DNA, and that impact-driven businesses represent a powerful opportunity to drive equity and inclusivity in the workplace and society.

Halcyon is the community supporting impact-driven businesses and their founders through space, community, and access. Our programs offer fellowships for impact-driven founders and funding vehicles to help them scale their ventures.

Halcyon accelerates the impact-driven future of business. Ready to join Halcyon’s founder community?

Eligibility

Our fellowships are open to MVP-stage, impact-driven founders. Additional program-specific eligibility is listed below under “Programs and Format”.

Halcyon defines “impact-driven” as a for-profit, scalable company where impact forms a non-negotiable part of the business model. The startup’s impact drives meaningful and measurable progress towards one (or several) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

“MVP-stage” is defined as having a workable, or saleable version of your business concept. 

Benefits Halcyon Fellows receive training in: Product-Market Fit, Investment Readiness, Leadership, and other program-specific benefits.

Halcyon’s Fellowships for startups are free, with no fee or equity stake required.

Programs and Format

Halcyon is accepting applications for two fellowship programs:

Latin America & the Caribbean Climate Fellowship is open to founders from across Latin America & the Caribbean who are developing a for-profit venture addressing climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Programming is delivered in a hybrid format through: 

  • 1 Virtual Program Kickoff Meeting
  • 3 Virtual Monthly Meetings
  • 1 week long, in-person residency (Washington, DC)
  • 1 week long, in-person residency (Mexico City)

Learn more about the features of the Latin America & the Caribbean Climate Fellowship and our specific eligibility requirements here. 

Africa Climate Fellowship is open to founders from across Sub-Saharan Africa who are developing a for-profit venture addressing climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Programming is delivered in a hybrid format  through: 

  • 1 Virtual Program Kickoff Meeting      
  • 3 Virtual Monthly Meetings
  • 1 week long, in-person residency (Washington, DC) 
  • 1 week long, in-person residency (Nairobi) 

Learn more about the features of the Africa Climate Fellowship and our specific eligibility requirements here. 

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Application Tips

Halcyon’s application is an opportunity for the selection committee to learn more about you, your venture, and your vision for impact. The committee reviews each application using Halcyon’s four criteria: impact, scalability, innovation, and talent.

Halcyon uses one application for the two fellowships we are currently recruiting for. When you complete your application you will select which program you would like to apply for. To support as many founders as possible, founders may only apply to complete ONE fellowship. 

Halcyon was founded with the mission to support the brightest and most committed impact-driven founders, regardless of background and previous access to resources.

You are not required to upload additional content, but this is a wonderful way to bring your application to life and can include: Pitch Deck (up to 15 slides), a Business Model Canvas, and/or a short, informal video (no more than 3 minutes) of you discussing your venture/vision. At Halcyon, we love supporting founders with a clear vision, strong ambition, and the drive to create dramatic positive influence.

You have until Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:59pm US Eastern Time to complete your application. The entire Halcyon Team is sending you luck and thanks you for your interest in our Fellowships!

Still have questions? Register for our Application Ask Me Anything on March 7, 2024

-The Halcyon Team

P.S. Calling all planners! If you would like to review the short answer application questions before you begin your application, you can access those questions here.

 
 

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