The HHS Ignite Accelerator (Ignite) was launched by the Secretary of HHS in March of 2013 as a “beta”. That “beta” year supported 13 teams, selected among a pool of 65 applicants. These 13 teams were given 6 months and up to $10,000 of support to test out their idea.
As a “beta”, the primary goal of the first year was to learn, to work with these 13 selected teams to better understand their needs prior to the full launch of HHS Ignite.
A number of programmatic and philosophical shifts occurred based upon the experiences working with the “beta” class. Among the key findings were that teams found the mentorship and access to leadership as the most valuable asset of Ignite. Notably, the funds themselves were not. A few of the teams actually returned their funds, though for most of the teams the funds were deemed necessary for their particular project scopes.
At the end of that year, the Deputy Secretary announced that the Ignite Accelerator would be moving forward and leaving its “beta” stage launching in its new form that built on the findings from that first Round. Since that time, we have had a number of Rounds of the HHS Ignite Accelerator.
Learn more about past projects here.