Congrats! You made it through the Finalist stage, you made your pitch to the IDEA Lab staff, and you’ve been selected into the HHS Ignite Accelerator! The fun and the work now begins…
What Ignite Teams Get
Further training on human-centered design principles and entrepreneurial methodologies. The bulk of this occurs in our 3-day Boot Camp.
Coaching and individualized mentorship as you continue to explore your idea, prototype the concept, and test it out with real users/customers.
Access to a larger network of innovators and technical advisors.
Resources and a suite of tools (technologies) typically not available to HHS staff.
At the end, the opportunity to pitch your idea directly to HHS and OpDiv Senior leadership.
What the Ignite Accelerator requires
Weekly check-ins with a mentor over the phone.
A full-time employee of HHS to serve as the Project Lead.
25-50% of your time over the duration of the program. This is particularly true for the Project Lead.
The Project Lead and at least one other person must attend the full 3-Day Boot Camp in-person in Washington, DC. We will cover the travel costs of two individuals for each team not already in the DC area.
Things to Consider
You will emerge from the Ignite program a problem solving ninja.