About the Program
Ward Infinity is a highly interactive and collaborative social innovation accelerator. We invest in Washington, D.C. based non-profits and social enterprises that have compelling ideas on how to improve health in Ward 7 and 8 communities. Teams that are accepted into the program engage with Ward 7 and 8 residents to co-create compelling health solutions. During the program, teams will participate in workshops, seminars, and receive expert coaching in public health, human-centered design, and business. These activities will prepare teams to launch sustainable and impactful solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Who Should Apply?
Ward 7 and 8 teams who want to address health disparities in their community.
Expertise and Experience
Teams who have personal experience or expertise related to the specific health issue they want to solve.
Early Stage Ideas
Teams who have ideas on what to do, yet do not have a well-formed solution, or those who are early in the implementation process. Teams must be open to designing with the community.
Qualities We Value in Our Teams
Feel strongly about a health issue they wish to solve, have firsthand experience/ expertise, and ideas on what to do.
Welcome working through challenges constructively and where all members can contribute to the team's success.
Relentless pursuit in the development of their venture and service it offers the community.
Value learning and open to including new ideas, viewpoints, and ways of thinking and being.
Open to pivoting based on feedback from residents, advisors, mentors, and coaches.
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.