Halcyon Incubator Fourth Cohort Tackles New Range of Critical Issues

Nov 19, 2015, 09:00 ET from S&R Foundation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Halcyon Incubator, the nation's premier incubator for early-stage social entrepreneurs, announced its fourth cohort of fellows that address pressing 21st century challenges through innovative social ventures. Entrepreneurs in this class come with new ideas and approaches that tackle critical issues in energy, agriculture, veteran affairs, and public health.

"With every application cycle we see a tremendous wave of talented people," says Kate Goodall, Chief Operating Officer of S&R Foundation. "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."

Starting in February, Halcyon fellows will take part in an immersive 18-month program that provides them with the time, space, and resources needed to springboard and scale their early-stage ventures. Fellows receive free housing and office space at the historic Halcyon House in Washington, DC, a $10,000 stipend, a mentor, leadership coaching, complimentary strategic, legal, accounting and PR resources, and access to a deep network of potential funders from a variety of sectors. The Halcyon Incubator does not take equity in the fellows' ventures.

The fourth class of Halcyon fellows and their ventures are:

Prasoon Kumar / winterHYDE - winterHYDE is a life-saving, insulated, and secure shelter that protects homeless and displaced communities living in cold regions around the globe.

Eric Shih / Spendrise - Spendrise reimagines online petitions by building them with an all-or-nothing crowdfunding engine, enabling scalable, intuitive campaigns that leverage actual dollars at corporate, civic, and educational institutions.

Yoko K. Sen / Sen Sound Space - Sen Sound Space aims to alleviate stress and alarm fatigue by re-envisioning sound design in hospitals.

Charlene Brown and Faran Negrestan / ReciproCare - ReciproCare improves the reliability of homecare for elderly and disabled persons by matching the availability, skills and location of homecare workers to meet the needs of homecare agencies with gaps in coverage.

Daniel Hill / Green Impact Campaign - Green Impact Campaign provides cloud-based tools and training to university students across the country to conduct free energy assessments for local small businesses.

Farah Brunache / Electric Feel - Electric Feel offers an affordable, off-grid, portable solar energy storage device which dually charges electric vehicles and is managed through a mobile application.

Samuel Pressler / Armed Services Arts Partnership - The Armed Services Arts Partnership builds and sustains communities around the arts at no cost to veterans and military families by partnering with respected nonprofits and colleges.

Jeffrey Prost-Greene and Kristof Grina / Up Top Acres - Up Top Acres designs, installs and operates rooftop farms. Up Top Acres seeks to establish agriculture as a fixture of urban life by farming on underutilized rooftops, distributing food locally, and providing educational programming.

About Halcyon Incubator The Halcyon Incubator, a program of S&R Foundation, is committed to solving 21st century challenges throughout the nation and world by helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. Learn more at www.halcyonincubator.org.

About S&R Foundation S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Learn more at www.sandr.org.

** For full Halcyon Incubator Fellow Bios and Pictures, please visit http://halcyonincubator.org/what-we-do/fellows **

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