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The Halloran Fellowship

Equipping aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders in and around Bradford, Pennsylvania with the skills, resources, and experience to scale their impact.

Applications for the next cohort of this program will launch in Summer 2024

Meet the Halloran Fellows

This Fellowship, powered by Watson Institute, will provide robust entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and venture development stipends to aspiring, early-stage entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in the Bradford area. Fellows will deepen and expand the local entrepreneurial ecosystem with new and innovative ideas and ventures.

Dates & Details

  • Dates: 16-week program with weekly programming.
  • Format: This program is offered with virtual and in-person components that allows fellows to focus on creating local impact within their communities,  the weekly time commitment is approximately 6–8 hours per week.
  • Basecamp: 1 to 3-day impact workshops, called Basecamps, led by Fellows to increase access and opportunities in their communities
  • Summit: Culminating event where Fellows pitch to local leaders, funders, and entrepreneurs.
  • Venture Development Stipend: A venture development stipend will be distributed among the Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the program.

Who You Are & What You Do:

  • You are an aspiring and early-stage entrepreneur, innovator and leader who are eager to commit to a robust entrepreneurial training program.
  • You have demonstrated interest in leading or launching projects addressing key community issues in Bradford, PA and surrounding areas.
  • You are based around and able to attend in-person programming in Bradford, PA.
  • You are committed to supporting underrepresented and underserved communities through entrepreneurship and business.

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Program Elements

The Halloran Fellowship provides award-winning training, committed mentorship, and a powerful community of peers for next generation entrepreneurs to advance their impact-focused ventures, careers, and lives.

Pay the Impact Forward: Empower Your Communities through Basecamps


Grow your leadership skills, build local partnerships, and expand your impact by facilitating a Watson Institute Basecamp in your community.

Every Fellow receives training, a playbook, and a financial stipend to facilitate a Basecamp—a one to three day intensive workshop—in their community, empowering them to drive positive change locally. As a key deliverable of the Halloran Fellowship, all Fellows will facilitate a Basecamp event during their time in the program. Fellows are empowered through their training to tailor the Basecamp structure and outcomes to their desired participant community.

Fellowships are designed to educate, empower, and drive impact, with each element of the program contributing towards the long-term impact of the Halloran Foundation Fellows and their communities. Basecamps stand as a pillar of this journey. Fellows who have lead successful Basecamps have unlocked opportunities to new partnerships, additional funding avenues, media exposure, and have created a ripple effect of deeper impact within their communities.

Learn More

99% of Watson Institute Alumni use a skill they learned while in a Watson Institute powered program up to ten years after graduation.

Watson Alumni are Making an Impact

Watson Institute’s 447 Alumni from 68 countries have raised over $185 million in capital for their ventures, created over 1,900 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 10 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others



Abhinav Khanal ’17 | Bean Voyage

Abhinav is the Co-Founder of Bean Voyage, a feminist nonprofit working to eradicate the gender gap in farming communities of Costa Rica by providing training to smallholder women in coffee production. Bean Voyage has supported 100 households and impacted 480 individuals.

Gender Equality

Claudine Migisha ‘20 | Nguvu Ya Africa (Power of Africa)

Claudine is the Founder of Nguvu Ya Africa (Power of Africa) an organization committed to peace and sustainability by creatively breaking the cycle of trauma and economic crisis facing the marginalized girls and women living in Congo through arts and social enterprise.

Access Education

Amani Simbayobewe ‘21 | Rukundo Foundation

Formerly a street kid during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Amani Founded  Rukundo Foundation, which launched in 2017. Rukundo Foundation provides education to street children in Rwanda. Today, the foundation has 8 team members and works with 22 children.

Halloran Philanthropies is a family foundation based out of Pennsylvania with a mission to inspire, innovate, and accelerate sustainable social interventions that promote human wellbeing. Watson Institute has been fortunate to partner with Halloran Philanthropies since 2013. The inaugural Halloran Fellowship is part of our joint commitment to deepen and expand the budding entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bradford, PA.