About the Program

Program Benefits

Seed Funding

We offer initial seed funding for all teams. At the end of the program, teams will also compete for extra funding during the final Community Pitch Competition. There's no hidden agenda or equity we take in your venture.

Grounding Conversations

We will have conversations about structural racism and discuss what prevents your community from thriving. These grounding conversations will provide clarity and greater focus on your team's mission.

Community Engagement

We partner with teams to create community-driven health solutions. This means we’ll work with you to engage who you want to serve and find ways to make them part of your team's journey.

Access to Networks

As an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, we connect you with the global thought leaders in health, business, and innovation to ensure the viability and longevity of your solutions.

Access to Capital

Through a series of workshops, symposiums, and networking opportunities, we leverage our connections in the financial ecosystem to connect founders to funders and investors who can provide information, mentorship, and capital.

What to Expect

6 Month Intensive Program

Teams will spend time in class and outside of class working on their solutions, ranging between 3 to 10 hours a week.

12+ Workshops on Public Health, Design, and Business

These interactive workshops will give teams the tools and guidance to develop solutions.

Weekly Coaching Hours

Teams will have access to their coach on a weekly basis to help them through their project work.

Community Pitch Competition

Cumulative event for cohort teams to compete for a $10,000 investment in their community health solution.

Eligibility Criteria


Must be incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 or social enterprise (a for-profit company with a social mission) or working towards becoming incorporated prior to the start of the fall cohort.


2-3 members that include executive leaders of an organization who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to solutions and relationship with the Wards 7 and 8 communities.


Organizations must demonstrate a commitment to/ experience with serving Wards 7 and/or 8.


There are no revenue requirements to be eligible for this program.