Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking innovative entrepreneurs to apply for the HHSentrepreneurs Program. Launched last year, HHSentrepreneurs connects private sector innovators and entrepreneurs with teams of federal employees working on projects that address some of the biggest challenges in health, health care and human services.
The first individuals hired last October through HHSentrepreneurs are working on critical projects including the Affordable Care Act, health resilience technology, and the nation’s organ transplant system.
HHSentrepreneurs is recruiting the brightest experts and entrepreneurs in the nation who have demonstrated a significant record of achievement in their fields. In last year’s competition for four projects, six individuals were selected from a field of more than 100 candidates. These highly talented professionals from business, industry, and academia bring successful innovations, models, and business practices to work on specific, high-priority projects over a period of six to 12 months.
This year, HHS is looking for individuals with a passion for solving pressing problems in healthcare through innovative and game-changing solutions. External Entrepreneurs may be academics, policymakers, business gurus, or non-profit leaders who have demonstrated a significant record of achievement in their field.
This year, HHSentrepeneurs intends to place six to eight external entrepreneurs into the following projects starting in the fall of 2013:
Ideal entrepreneur candidates should possess the following skill-sets:
- Advanced degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Innovative and entrepreneurial ability and potential, as demonstrated by leading innovative processes and/or solutions. Specific entrepreneurial or start-up activity is particularly desirable
- 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
- Expertise in open innovation, agile development, and/or lean methodologies, and iterative program design
- 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
- Strong analytical and research skills and a demonstrated capacity for creative thinking
- Experience in program evaluation methodologies, including quantitative analysis skills
- Excellent communication and leadership skills
The application period is open from June 27 – August 16, 2013. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.hhs.gov/open/initiatives/entrepreneurs/index.html.