The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program (EIR) was established in 2012 at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the challenge of finding unique skillsets needed to solve the nation’s most critical challenges in health, health care, and the delivery of human services.
EIRs work on high-risk, high-reward projects for a 13-month term.
We like to think of ourselves as matchmakers between internal teams wanting to tackle a critical problem with skilled innovators who are looking to make a meaningful impact and who can solve that problem.
So far, the program has supported 15 projects, 56 internal HHS intrapraneurs/staff (=innovators on the inside) and 21 EIRs who have worked throughout nine of HHS’ Operating and Staff Divisions.
“Being an EIR is rewarding on so many levels. Embrace the role and it will empower you to pursue a professional passion, solve complex challenges, implement an idea at enormous scale and connect with the brightest and most creative people both inside and outside the government.”
Mark Scrimshire, Current Entrepreneur-in-Residence
“The HHS Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program not only brought in fantastic outside expertise for my project, it gave me a group of like-minded, creative people to share ideas, learn new techniques and spread innovative ways of work. The support from the Secretary’s office was also a big help. When we wanted to meet with other federal offices or get access to key experts, the Chief Technology Officer’s office was incredibly helpful. My own story may be unique. The project we launched nearly 4 years ago has been so successful, that both the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and I have been recruited to focus our full time effort — along with a new larger team and a goal of agency wide spread.”
Kevin Larsen, MD, Medical Director of Meaningful Use, ONC (Internal Team Member)
How it Works (In A Nutshell)
STEP 1. PROJECT IDENTIFIED AND ACCEPTED
An HHS team identifies a challenge that could benefit from external expertise.
STEP 2. CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The HHS IDEA Lab announces and actively recruits entrepreneurs for the project.
STEP 3. REVIEW APPLICATIONS
Internal and IDEA Lab staff review applications.
STEP 4. INTERVIEWS
Selected awesome candidates are invited to interview.
FINAL DECISION & ONBOARD NEW EIR
New Entrepreneur-in-Residence is invited to join us for a tour of duty!