Incubator: A place for ‘audacious ideas’

March 31, 2014

By Steven Overly, The Washington Post

The historical Halcyon House on Prospect Street NW in Georgetown does not look like a hub of modern innovation. With its stately brick façade, white-trimmed windows and American Flag-adorned roof, the mansion is a picture of the 18th century in which it was built.

But behind its storied walls, the District-based S&R Foundation plans to open an incubator for social entrepreneurs starting in September. The program will stretch 12 to 16 months, including a four-month residency, eight months of rent-free workspace, and complimentary strategic and legal advice. Georgetown University is a partner on the project. Applicants can apply at

“The Halcyon Incubator’s risk-tolerant environment encourages individuals with audacious ideas to apply to the program,” S&R Foundation CEO Sachiko Kuno said in a statement. “Applicants aren’t required to know if their idea will spawn a for-profit, non-profit or government solution, but simply be committed to applying new thinking to empower social change.”