Established in 2012, HHS Entrepreneurs was the model for the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. HHS has worked to attract entrepreneurial talent to create a culture that supports intelligent risk-taking and accelerates innovation. This pathway partners federal staff working on high-risk, high-reward projects with external entrepreneurs for a 12-month fellowship.
The application period is open May 5 through July 16.
If you would like additional information about the HHS Entrepreneurs program, please do not hesitate to contact Cassandra Duarte [Cassandra.Duarte@hhs.gov] or Elizabeth Kittrie [Elizabeth.Kittrie@hhs.gov].
Generally, External Entrepreneurs will have the following qualifications:
- Possess an advanced degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Have an innovative and entrepreneurial ability and potential – as demonstrated by leading innovative processes and/or solutions – specific entrepreneurial or start-up activity is particularly desirable;
- Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience designing, developing, and implementing new ventures, including a track record of taking risks to develop new products and/or solutions;
- Have expertise in open innovation, agile development, and/or lean methodologies, and iterative program design;
- Have experience in organizational development and executive-level decision making, particularly around change management and/or the introduction of disruptive technologies or practices into an organization;
- Have strong analytical and research skills and a demonstrated capacity for creative thinking;
- Have experience in program evaluation methodologies, including quantitative analysis skills; and
- Have excellent communication and leadership skills.
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