Research to Social Innovation Incubator (R2SI)

Supporting innovators develop, validate, and scale social impact

Application Deadline

December 5, 2022

Start date

mid-January 2023, with monthly rolling intake until capacity


6 months

Time commitment

5-7 hours/month


Hybrid (in-person and virtual programming)

About the program

This program can help you validate your social-impact oriented venture/project through regular coaching; industry mentoring; networking and knowledge sharing between cohort members; and subject matter and skills development through targeted workshops.

Through this 6 month program, we will work together to take your evidence-based solution to the next level by providing tech transfer expertise and wrap around services focused on scaling your social impact, whether you’re a start-up looking to scale, an innovator looking to launch a new service or product, or an organization looking to test a new program or pivot in a new direction to strengthen your social impact.

Applications for the 2nd cohort are now open. The application deadline is December 5, 2022. After that date, applications will continue to be reviewed until the capacity is full. See below for details on how to apply.

What to expect

You will get training and support to help you launch and/or scale your venture. This includes:

  • Bi-weekly coaching with Innovation Managers with expertise in social enterprise and social innovation
  • Monthly CEO roundtable focused on driving to revenue and sustainability
  • Meetings with an industry mentor to tap into their technical expertise and move your key milestones forward
  • Skills development workshops driven by the needs of the cohort
  • Student support to move your venture forward (optional)

Entry requirements

  • A commitment to attend core program offerings over 6 months – roughly 5-7 hrs/month through bi-weekly coaching sessions; monthly CEO roundtable; industry mentor meetings (as needed); and relevant workshops
  • A basic version of a novel product, service, or offering in place, or actively in development (e.g. a minimum viable product that is being developed or refined) that we can work together to launch or scale
  • Social impact is a core part of your venture/project’s mission and vision

How to apply


  • Send an email by December 5 explaining your interest in the program or for any questions


  • After an initial discussion with the program manager, eligible applicants will fill out an application form.


  • Develop a 6-month plan with your coach identifying key milestones for launching and/or scaling your venture, and meet other social-impact focused teams in your cohort to share knowledge and build community.

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