Welcome to the Halcyon House!

Courtesy of halyconincubator.org

Courtesy of halyconincubator.org

Home of taxation without representation, Frank Underwood and…the Student Language Exchange? That’s right, we’ve made the exciting move to Washington, D.C. and are thrilled to be doing our work out of the fanciest dorm in Georgetown!

The Halcyon Incubator is a fellowship program that supports social entrepreneurs and empowers them to launch their projects with the help of some awesome resources. SLE is lucky to be growing alongside super smart individuals who are working to launch libraries in Africa, cure motion sickness and increase environmental awareness. Come take a tour with us and see where the magic happens!

Halcyon house is located on Prospect Street in Georgetown, Washington D.C., just steps away from the gates of Georgetown University. Built in 1787 by the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, it is an iconic building in Georgetown. In fact, it is so old that it’s rumored to be haunted by some former inhabitants – although we haven’t had too many issues with the ghosts just yet.

Founders of S&R Foundation, Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno, transformed Halcyon House into a place in which the non-profit is headquartered and, with the help of many other partners like Deloitte, Sucampo, Capital One and Sage Communications, runs its social entrepreneurship program.

Apart from being an awesome workspace, the house offers some of the best views of the Potomac River in Georgetown. Halcyon is just steps from the shopping Mecca of M Street and only about a 20 minute walk from the monuments and iconic D.C. landmarks like the White House and the Capitol building.

Apart from being a beautiful house, Halcyon is also filled with incredible fellows, many of whom are working on innovative global ventures.

Halcyon Fellow David Dewane is the founder of Librii. Librii is building a franchise of physical libraries along the expanding frontiers of high speed internet in the developing world. David explains,”We’re innovating the library in two critical ways.  First, we’re giving the library a business plan, so it can generate its own operational revenue.  Second, we’re re-imaging the way the library functions.  In addition to being a place to access information, Librii is a place you can come to create new knowledge.” Looking for a summer internship? Librii is looking for you! Apply here.

SLE fellow Diana Sierra founded BeGirl, a foundation that provides sanitary products to girls in Africa. “Right now 1 in 10 girls is missing her opportunity to pursue her education because they are not able to manage their menstruation safely and with dignity. Every woman deserves to move freely and without fear. We want to empower these women to reach their full potential through this small act of providing a basic need.” Diana is currently recruiting for summer interns. To get involved, email Diana at diana@begirl.org.

Param Jaggi, is 20 years old and has been on the Forbes 30 under 30 list twice. He is working on an app called Ecoviate, which aims to make being environmentally conscious social. “Ecoviate envisions a world where environmentalism is a natural extension of the human experience. We just launched the Ecoviate app which gamifies eco-friendly behavior with social sharing and monetary rewards. Our ultimate goal is to make eco-friendly living easy, intuitive, and affordable.” Ecoviate plants a tree for every app downloaded, so do your part and download it here!

 Images courtesy of Ainsley Fahey and the Halcyon Incubator. 

 

Ainsley Fahey

Ainsley Fahey

Ainsley is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University, studying Government and German. Hailing from Hingham, Massachusetts, Ainsley enjoys being a DJ for Georgetown's radio station, the summertime and This American Life.

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