How It Works
Step 1: Join
Apply and join one of Watson Institute’s prestigious Fellowships. Each Fellowship has specific requirements and impact metrics for participating entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. You can learn more about the fellowships we offer here.
Step 2: Plan
During the Fellowship, in addition to participating in our award-winning curriculum, you will receive additional training, support, and a stipend to facilitate a Basecamp event in your community. You will engage with local leaders, companies, and groups to build an engaging agenda for participants.
Step 3: Implement
Fellows will facilitate a Basecamp alongside the community partners they engaged during the planning process. Basecamp participants are individuals from the Fellows’ local communities who are eager to gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skillsets.
The Watson Basecamps enhance your leadership and accelerate your impact:
Pay It Forward
Patrick Chandiga, Western Union Foundation Fellow
Patrick Chandiga, a Western Union Foundation Fellow, held a Basecamp in Uganda to equip refugee youth with design thinking skills and tap into their potential to develop local solutions to their communities’ everyday challenges. The theme of the Basecamp was “Don’t Just Be Youthful, Be Useful.” One partner, the South Sudanese Refugees Association (SSURA), has since chosen four participants to receive additional mentoring and support for their training events on business management for women and school awareness-raising.
Launch New Ventures
Yidi Zhang, Ford Fund Fellow
Yidi held her Basecamp in Silicon Valley with the generous support and partnership of an investment firm, supporting Chinese-heritage tech entrepreneurs. Yidi secured partnerships with UpHonest Capital, a Silicon Valley based early-stage fund that has invested in over 350 portfolio companies; INNW Institute, a company that helps entrepreneurs perfect their pitch; JJ Lake, a business innovation hub in Silicon Valley; and Silicon Valley Design Thinking Club. Together, these companies provided over $10,000. As a result of her Basecamp, Yidi decided to launch another venture with the investment firm partner.