New Halcyon Incubator Cohort to Tackle Diverse Ventures

November 20, 2015
Washington Business Journal

The D.C.-based S&R Foundation’s anchor program, the Halcyon Incubator, has unveiled its fourth cohort of fellows — entrepreneurs setting out to solve 21st century challenges with innovative projects focused on measurable social change.

This group will pursue diverse ventures, according to the program:

  • A homeless shelter model for cold regions;
  • A project that would improve home-care reliability for elders
  • A campaign that would equip university students with cloud-based tools and training “to conduct free energy assessments” for area small businesses
  • An online-petition model based on a crowdfunding engine
  • A sound-design approach to “alleviate stress and alarm fatigue” in hospitals
  • A rooftop farm business that would provide local food distribution and educational programming
  • A program that would develop arts communities for veterans and military families
  • A portable solar energy storage device that would use a mobile application

The fellowship provides residencies for about eight selected individuals, hand-picked by a committee from a 250-applicant pool. They live in the Halcyon House, a Georgetown mansion the foundation’s founders, Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno, purchased in 2011 for $11 million and preserved before repurposing it as the program’s incubator site. The fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, mentors and coaches, and support from community partnerships.

"With every application cycle we see a tremendous wave of talented people," S&R Foundation Chief Operating Officer Kate Goodall said in a statement. "It's always interesting to see certain trends with novel ways to address social issues and we are proud to be a part of that."

The new fellows are Prasoon Kumar, Eric Shih, Yoko K. Sen, Charlene Brown, Faran Negrestan, Daniel Hill, Farah Brunache, Samuel Pressler, Jeffrey Prost-Greene and Kristof Grina.

The S&R Foundation was founded in 2000 as a nonprofit designed to support scientists, artists and social entrepreneurs seeking to further cross-cultural collaboration, through award programs and fellowship opportunities.

Kuno and Ueno are the founders of Rockville-based Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SCMP).