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Watson Institute Programs

Watson Institute is a place where next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers. We power career and venture accelerator programs for partners which include award-winning training, seed funding, committed mentorship, and a vast network of resources.

 

Explore our active and upcoming programs below.

Kyrah Hughley, Watson Institute Alum, 2022

Watson Institute Venture Accelerator

Applications will launch in March 2023. 

Dates: July 2023 – November 2023

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours per week

Format: Virtual with an in-person immersive in Boulder, CO

Cost: Fully-funded with seed funding opportunities

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. The ideal candidate for the Watson Institute Venture Accelerator is an entrepreneur whose impact venture is in the Product Market Fit or Scaling Stages.

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Watson Institute at Lynn University

Applications are open.

Dates: Starts in August 2023

Time Commitment: 3 or 4 year degree program

Format: In-Person in Boca Raton, Florida

Cost: Tuition-based program with scholarships

The revolutionary Bachelor of Science in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship from Lynn University, in collaboration with Watson Institute, is designed for students to major in their mission, gain experience as interns with leading organizations in their field, and develop the skill sets necessary to create impactful, successful careers. 

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Truist Foundation Fellowship

Applications are open.

Dates: March 2023 – July 2023

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours per week

Format: Virtual with an in-person immersive and programming in Atlanta

Cost: Fully-Funded with seed funding opportunities

Equips entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit founders  with technical training, directly applicable business skills, and financial literacy to increase their positive impact within the communities they support through job creation and economic development. This Fellowship is for individuals impacting or serving emerging markets across rural and urban Georgia.

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Western Union Foundation Fellowship

Applications will launch in Fall 2023.

Dates: 2024 dates will be announced in the fall of 2023.

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours per week

Format: Fully-virtual with localized in-person events

Cost: Fully-funded with seed funding opportunities

The Western Union Foundation Fellowship is for next-generation entrepreneurs and community leaders from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe. This program is ideal for early-stage entrepreneurs.

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Ford Fund Fellowship

Applications will launch in Summer 2023.

Dates: 2023 dates will be announced in the new year

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours per week

Format: Fully-virtual with localized in-person events

Cost: Fully funded with seed funding opportunities

The Ford Fund Fellowship is an accelerator program designed to equip 25 next-gen entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. This program is ideal for entrepreneurs in the prototyping and beyond stage and is social issue agnostic.

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Halloran Fellowship

Applications are open.

Dates: Fall 2023

Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per week

Format: Virtual with an in-person immersive and optional programming in Bradford, PA

Cost: Fully-funded with seed funding opportunities

This Fellowship, powered by Watson Institute, will provide robust entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and seed funding 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.

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Application Process

Our acceptance rate varies from 1% to 10% depending on the program. Each program has its own eligibility requirements based on venture stage, geographic location, impact area, and more. Please go to the individual program pages to learn more about the specific requirements.

1

Submit Application

Share your background, venture, and impact by filling out our application.
2

Application Review

We review applications on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear back from us within 2-3 weeks of submitting your application.
3

Participate in a Interview

Finalist will be invited to participate in a 20-minute interview with a member of our admissions team. This is your opportunity to expand upon your work and for us to go deeper into your motivations for wanting to join our program.
4

Receive Final Decision

If you are chosen as a Fellow, we will notify you within a few weeks of your interview and you will begin our onboarding process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my country is not listed in program requirements?

If you are not from one of the required countries, but the impact that you are creating with your venture is in one of the required countries, we will consider your application. Please make it clear where and how you are creating impact. Otherwise, take a look at one of our other programs that do not have country specific requirements. Our flagship Venture Accelerator is typically open to all countries.

How long does the admission process take?

We launch applications 4 months prior to the start of the program. Once an application is submitted it will take about two weeks for us to review. For applicants who make it through to the interview round, we release final admission decisions on a rolling basis and within a few weeks of your interview.

Are there age requirements for your programs?

The average age for our Fellows is 29. We do not have age restrictions but we do take into consideration your professional background, education, venture stage, and entrepreneurial experience to best assess your fit for our programs.

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