“To create an organization that’s adaptable and innovative, people need the freedom to challenge precedent, to ‘waste’ time, to go outside of channels, to experiment, to take risks and to follow their passions.” 

– Gary Hamel, author



At the HHS IDEA Lab we want to help remove barriers HHS employees face and promote better ways of working in government. We believe we can do this by supporting HHS employees who want to take their idea/problem statement and put it into action and help those employees who everyday are faced with some annoying cross-Departmental process. Dependent on your starting point, we want to help you formulate, test, measure and possibly scale your idea. See how we can help you below. 


We support HHS employees that want to do things differently

The HHS Ignite Accelerator
An internal program providing selected teams methodological coaching and technical guidance within a startup framework for the testing of new products, services, and processes that could dramatically improve the way an Office or Agency carries out its mission.


The HHS Ventures Fund 
Providing growth-stage funding and support to HHS employees with proven concepts for how to dramatically improve their Office, Agency, or the Department’s ability to carry out its mission.


The HHS Innovates Awards 
Recognizing on an annual basis HHS employees who have taken innovative approaches to solving some of the biggest problems in government and in delivering health and human services.



Supporting HHS Employees who want to do things differently.

Leveraging outside talent to solve big problems.

We leverage outside talent and skill sets to solve big problems

HHS Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Program
Allows HHS employees to hire outside talent to come in and work with an embedded team on high-risk, high-reward projects over a 1 year time period.


HHS Innovator-In-Residence Program
Partners a private sector not-for-profit organization and an HHS organization to hire outside expertise to work on a common problem over a 1 – 2 year time frame.



We tackle cross-Departmental issues of strategic importance

HHS Buyers Club 
Leveraging under-utilized language in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to improve the purchase decision-making pathways.


HHS Competes
Supporting the development and deployment of open innovation contests and challenges as a means of addressing some of the biggest challenges faced by HHS.


Health Data Initiative: Liberating Data
Liberating government health data to spur the development of new applications and a data-driven health care environment.


Invent Health Initiative
Empowering inventors both inside and outside government to create tools for better living and better clinical care.



Tackling corss-cutting issues of operational importance