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Watson Institute Accelerator

Equipping impact and growth-driven enterprises to achieve product-market fit and scale.

Thank you for your interest in the Watson Accelerator. We are excited to continue our work supporting sustainability leaders and impact-focused entrepreneurs, like you!

The application for the program will open soon.

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This is A Fully Funded Fellowship

25 impact-driven entrepreneurs will be selected to join the Watson Accelerator as fully-funded fellows valued at $17,500.

The Watson Accelerator is a hybrid program designed for impact-driven entrepreneurs seeking to elevate their ventures with access to a global network, training designed to strengthen skills, and mentorship with seasoned professionals, venture capitalists, and enterprise executives. Through this 18-week program, fellows will engage in hands-on courses in areas such as leadership development and applying practical entrepreneurial skills to their ventures alongside a global community of like-minded changemakers. 

The courses and program will kick off with a 3-week immersive in-person experience in Boulder, Colorado. The remaining virtual 15-weeks is designed to complement fellows’ existing venture work, allowing them to implement learnings from the program in real-time. This program is ideal for busy entrepreneurs with a time commitment between 5-8 hours per week.

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Applications for the Fall 23 Venture Accelerator will launch March 1st.

What’s this fellowship all about?

Programmatic Features

  • Pitch to a panel of judges for funding opportunities.
  • Receive tailored mentorship from business leaders, venture capitalists, and enterprise executives.
  • Engage in practical entrepreneurial & leadership centric courses.
  • Join a global community of diverse entrepreneurs with a common goal to impact the world.
  • Learn from a leader of a Nobel Peace Prize winning movement, founders, CEO’s, executives of Fortune 500 companies, and thought leaders from a range of sectors.

Accelerator Details

  • The program will be in a hybrid format, with a 3-week immersive experience in-person in Boulder, Colorado, with the flexibility to remain virtual.
  • The remaining 15-weeks of the program will be attended online, culminating in a virtual Summit with the potential to pitch to a live global audience.
  • The weekly time commitment during the virtual 15-weeks will be 5-8 hours per week, which includes both synchronous and asynchronous programming.


paid part and full-time jobs created by alums.

$175 million

raised by Watson Institute’s 349 Scholars and alumni.

Watson Alumni are Making an Impact

Watson Institute’s 349 Scholars and alumni from 69 countries have raised over $175 million, created over 1,500 part or full-time jobs, and impacted 5 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.

What Fellows Can Expect to Receive from Watson’s World Class Experience

Leadership Development

  • Management for impactful teams
  • Transformative communication skills
  • Root cause analysis
  • Organizational culture
  • Personal & professional growth

Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Marketing & personal branding
  • Finance & accounting for impact
  • Human centered design & impact focused sales
  • How to secure capital & funding
  • Iterate business model validation
  • Competitive analysis

Global Community

  • Peer to peer support
  • Access Watson Institute’s impressive global Alumni Network
  • Mentors from across the globe
  • Courses led by real time practitioners
  • Ongoing support from Watson’s talented team

Application Process

    1. Complete the online application: The online application contains 5 short essay questions and a 2-minute video. It is highly recommended that all applicants join an optional Application Support Webinar.
    2. Your application will be reviewed: Applications will be reviewed within 2-weeks of submission. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is June 1st. International applicants requiring visas are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their applications early.
    3. You will be invited to an interview: Applicants moving forward in the process will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview.
  1. Fellowship selection process: Applicants are considered for a variety of full-ride fellowships. Learn more about our prestigious fellowships.
  2. Enrollment process: If awarded a fellowship and a spot in the program, the admissions team will provide detailed next steps.
  3. Deposit and enrollment agreement: The last step to finalize enrollment is to pay a $250 deposit to secure the awarded fellowship and review and sign Watson’s memorandum of understanding (MOU).
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