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Design Residency will provide you with customized coaching, tools, and financial support to accelerate the design and early implementation of a scalable equity-centered solution.

Design Residency offers three distinct pathways of support:

Design Residency is the third and final entry point into the CityBridge Incubator aimed at creating excellent and equitable schools and educational ventures.

Key Dates: 

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Final Decisions Announced: March 2021



“My experience with CityBridge was very personalized. The support was based on what I needed, and the connections CityBridge made were tailored for my specific journey.” —Former CityBridge Entrepreneur

What You Will Do

  • Activate principles of equitable design as you build your solution
  • Participate in cohort-based learning with a community of like-minded leaders
  • Engage in city-wide coalition building to increase support for your solution
  • Develop a robust, high-quality final deliverable (charter application, business plan, or scalable program model)

What You Will Get

  • A grant for start-up expenses
  • Individualized identity-affirming, strengths-based coaching
  • Intensive, customized support to codify your solution
  • A substantial multi-year investment for implementation (subject to the success of your solution)
  • Access to a vibrant and committed community

Who Should Apply

Entrepreneurs, educators, or education-adjacent professionals across Washington, DC who have:

  • Met our criteria
  • Identified, defined, and explored a problem and a solution 
  • Piloted or tested at least one aspect of their solution 
  • A deep commitment to DC’s young people