Join Social Innovation Lab Innovators' Showcase on April 27

Join us on Tuesday, April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. ET to hear from Baltimore's emerging social innovators about their solutions that improve lives while preserving our world—starting in Baltimore!

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Over the past five months, SIL teams have been working hard to validate their business models through customer discovery, explore human-centered design methodologies, meet entrepreneurial leaders, and reach critical milestones. Now, they will share their journeys with you!

The Innovators' Showcase event will culminate with the announcement of the $25K Cohort Prize, sponsored by the Abell Foundation. This prize is awarded to a team based on the strength of its progress over the cohort period, plans for future growth, and potential for impact.


  • Christy Wyskiel, senior adviser to the president of Johns Hopkins University for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Kunal Parikh, serial entrepreneur (Global Institute for Vision Equity; Access HEARS; Social Innovation Lab) and faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Madison Marks, director of the Social Innovation Lab.

SIL Cohort Team Presentations

Bloc by Block News is a news media cooperative and civic-engagement organization helping people tap into what matters most locally. The co-op offers a one-stop mobile app for trustworthy information and news about Maryland towns, cities and neighborhoods.

CovidSMS is a customizable mass-SMS-system that provides COVID-19–related information and resources to individuals without reliable access to the internet.

Dyslexia Advocation Inc. educates, empowers, and equips adults and parents of children with dyslexia with the necessary tools to advocate successfully for themselves and their children.

Elevated Soups creates divine soups and stews for the public while reinvesting funds into outreach programs for the homeless in Central Maryland.

FAIR Housing aims to eliminate evictions in Baltimore City and restore humanity to an industry responsible for providing one of the most critically essential and fundamental human needs — housing — by utilizing innovation in thinking and leveraging technology.

Menti is a tele-therapy platform that connects women of color to women of color therapists.

Restoring Inner City Hope Inc. (RICH) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 with the mission to love, inspire, and empower youth and families throughout the city of Baltimore.

SpreadKarma is a social donation-based crowdfunding platform that provides exposure, support, and access to funding for changemakers creating positive social impact in underserved and underrepresented communities.

Taara Projects is a fashion-based social enterprise committed to perpetuating a transparent cycle of positive social and environmental impact through embracing sustainable and ethical practices along our supply chain, from creation to distribution.

WeGo improves the pediatric inpatient experience by allowing hospitalized children to control telepresence robots and virtually explore children's attractions, such as museums and aquariums, in real time.

About SIL The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at the Johns Hopkins University supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies, and disruptive technologies that aim to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond.

Open to Baltimore-area changemakers and Johns Hopkins faculty, students, and staff, SIL provides social entrepreneurs the funding, mentorship, office space, training, technical assistance, and communal support they need to develop into thriving, sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.

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