Halcyon Fellows: A Few Highlights of a Select Group

Halcyon Incubator will inaugurate its fifth cohort Sept. 8, with fellows it terms the most “diverse and innovative” yet. So far, S&R Foundation has hosted and nurtured 32 ventures. The following is a selection from past groups.

Halcyon fellow Prasoon Kumar of WinterHyde — a life-saving venture involving fully insulated, lightweight emergency tents that provide privacy and protect the homeless and vulnerable from the cold — is flanked by chef José Andrés and S&R Foundation CEO Sachiko Kuno.

Diana Sierra is co-founder of Be Girl. Her panties, “designed for womankind,” enable girls to create their own sanitary pads and thus be able to work or study in the everyday world and not be stranded at home during menstruation.

Phil Wong is co-founder with Ann Yang of Misfit Juicery. Both are graduates of Georgetown University. The new company makes use of “wrongly” shaped or colored fruits and vegetables for juices, which are sold in stores around the city.

Last week, Eileen Whelan of WJLA’s “Good Morning, Washington” interviewed Halcyon fellow Kristof Grina (right), farm director of Up Top Acres, along with Ryan Ross, program director of Halcyon Incubator, and showed viewers a roof farm near Nationals Park.

Sage Salvo’s Words Liive [sic] uses Contemporary Grammar Integration to help students and teachers “transcend cultural and achievement gaps to make literature relevant and interesting,” such as annotating the text of “Beowulf” or the lyrics of Kendrick Lamar.

Matt Fischer’s venture, Control A+, is developing an early warning system for children with asthma that will alert the child’s parents and doctors before an asthma attack occurs. He is shown with S&R Foundation CEO Sachiko Kuno.


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