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Dec. 6, 2016 10:28 am

Meet the social impact startups moving to DC for Halcyon Incubator’s sixth cohort

The Georgetown-based incubator announced its spring 2017 lineup.

The Halcyon House.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

The Georgetown-based Halcyon Incubator program revealed its picks for cohort number six, which will begin in spring 2017, in a recent monthly email newsletter.

“It’s not just a new administration coming to our nation’s capital,” the announcement reads, “seven of the most promising social enterprises in the world are moving to Washington, D.C.”

This means 12 new entrepreneurs will soon be taking up residence in the beautiful, historic Halcyon house. Here’s who’s coming to town:

  • ALEX, Anyone’s Learning Experience
    ALEX is an online marketplace that is set on bringing higher education to all. CEO Sergio Marrero and Head of Product Alana Matos will join Halcyon.
  • ARMR Systems
    Boston-based ARMR Systems is creating wearable hemorrhage-control systems for the battlefield. Cofounders Chibueze Ihenacho and Yegor Podgorsky now have the support of Halcyon behind them.
  • kweliTV
    KweliTV’s DeShuna Spencer is joining Halcyon to work on her streaming service featuring content dedicated to the Black community. We profiled Spencer here.
  • MemoryWell
    MemoryWell is an online platform where family members and caregivers can add written stories, pictures, music and more to help tell the life story of an aging individual. Cofounders Jay Newton-Small and Andrew Fribush believe this can transform elder care.
  • MindRight
    MindRight is, in a phrase, a “text messaging platform to help at-risk youth recover from trauma.” The company and cofounders Alina Liao and Ashley Edwards are already based in D.C. — at WeWork Wonderbread in Shaw.
  • Mobilized Construction
    Mobilized Construction is gearing up to overhaul infrastructure and maintain rural roads by empowering community members and melding public and private investment. Kevin Lee and Johan Jensen will join cohort six.
  • VivaVax
    Julia Peng
    wants to make the world a better place by increasing access to vaccines. The key to achieving that? Creating temperature-stable vaccine concoctions as well as working to develop new delivery methods.

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Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier is the lead reporter for Technical.ly DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.

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