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DC’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

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Halcyon Incubator, a Washington, D.C. based incubator for social entrepreneurs, announced recently that it has chosen its inaugural class of fellows to take part in the program’s first class this upcoming September. The fellows were chosen for their innovative ventures that aim to provide solutions for a broad range of challenges, ranging from reducing carbon dioxide emissions to closing the education gender gap in the developing world.

“Each one of our fellows brings a unique approach to a diverse set of challenges from global healthcare to environmental innovation,” says Halcyon Incubator Program Manager Ryan Ross. “We were humbled by our fellows’ passion, creativity and drive; each has the capacity to make meaningful social change for countless individuals.”

Created by the S&R Foundation, the Halcyon Incubator provides social entrepreneurs with 14-month fellowships with free space to both live and work, as well as coaching, mentorship, and strategic, legal, and PR support. Impressively, Halcyon Fellows do not have to provide equity to S&R in exchange for the participating in the incubation program. Applications to the second class of fellows will open in July 2014.

The inaugural class of fellows and their projects includes:

Diana Sierra (Be Girl)

The lack of sanitary feminine products for school-age girls in the developing world is a huge contributor to the their dropout rate. Be Girl aims to close that gap by providing environmentally-friendly, affordable, customizable feminine menstrual management products. Pilot programs have already been run in Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, and Tanzania.

Param Jaggi (Ecoviate)

Ecoviate aims to build a more sustainable planet with environmental technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The company’s ecotube and ecotank (set to launch this summer) are predicted to help reduce the average carbon dioxide vehicle emissions by 17.56 percent. Additionally, Ecoviate will plant one tree for every product sold or downloaded from them.

Ari Raz (PureJoy)

PureJoy is based on the concept that high quality, nutritious baby food should be a right, not a privilege for babies and young children. PureJoy plans to produce and deliver organic, premium baby food for all families, regardless of their economic status.

Olivier Kamanda (Ideal Impact)

Ideal Impact is a community-oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support. It offers an online platform that matches people with opportunities to volunteer, donate, support, and advocate for various causes based on the news stories you follow.

Matthew Fischer (Control A+)

Control A+ is providing a new system that can predict when someone is about to have an asthma attack. The system gathers data on indoor and outdoor environmental monitors, and alerts parents and doctors before an asthma attack occurs.

Ben Reich and Dan Gallagher (Datasembly)

Datasembly is a platform that aggregates and indexes open data, allowing communities to fully harness the power of public information with potential groundbreaking discoveries capable of changing lives for the better.

Heather Lawver Sewell (NewsEase)

NewsEase is an online news initiative for teachers and students. Utilizing easy-to-use templates that are based on classic book series, NewsEase will allow teachers to launch newspapers in their classrooms, empower students to publish stories and to connect with other NewsEase readers around the world.

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