The Western Union Foundation Fellowship is a venture and leadership program for entrepreneurs and community leaders from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe. This virtual and global program is designed to equip these next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders with the skills and experience to increase access to economic opportunity, build valuable networks and resources, and transform their communities.
This is a fully-funded program thanks to the support of the Western Union Foundation.
Dates & Details
- Dates: 16-week program with weekly programming.
- Format: Weekly virtual workshops with localized gatherings and events when possible (6-8 hours per week time commitment).
- Immersive & Orientation: 2-week virtual Immersive at the start of the program.
- Workshops & Training: Modules include Foundations, Data & Metrics, Go-To-Market, Funding, Team Management, and Pitch.
- Impact Series: The world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners are invited to our programs to share their entrepreneurial journey and experience as well as mentor the Watson Institute and Fellows.
- Basecamp: 1 to 3 day workshops designed to Fellows’ communities to ideate solutions, design business models, and compellingly communicate their businesses and organizations to an external audience.
- Summit: Culminating community event where Fellows pitch to local leaders, funders, and entrepreneurs.
- Venture Development Stipend: Venture development stipends will be distributed among select Western Union Foundation Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the Fellowship.
Who You Are & What You Do:
- You are an entrepreneur or community leader from and working with highly marginalized, refugee, and forcibly displaced communities around the globe.
- You are leading an early-stage social impact venture or community initiative with a proven track record of impact, entrepreneurship, and leadership in their community.
- You are looking for expert-led entrepreneurial training, access to funding opportunities, and a vast network of mentorship to accelerate your leadership skills and venture impact.
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The Western Union Foundation Fellowship provides award-winning training, committed mentorship, and a powerful community of peers to equip Fellows with the tools and knowledge they need to support their venture’s continued development and impact.
Venture Acceleration & Leadership Training
Some of the practical entrepreneurial & leadership centric workshops include:
- Team Management for Impactful Organizations
- Data & Metrics
- Marketing & Personal Branding
- Impact Focused Sales
Community & Network Building
A diverse cohort of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit founders will form partnerships, collaborations, and further their growth and impact during and after the program. Community building activities include:
- Engagement with Watson Institute alumni
- Self-organized Fellow meet-ups
- Basecamp training and events
Mentorship & Collaboration
Fellows are provided with multiple mentorship opportunities from business leaders, venture capitalists, and enterprise executives. Mentorship engagements include:
- Preceptor Advisory Board
- Impact Speaker Series
- Mentor Bonanza
On average each Fellow leading a venture impacts 32,130 individuals in their communities.
Western Union Foundation Fellows are Making an Impact
86 Fellows and alumni from 24 different countries have created impact for over 1,750 entrepreneurs, through the Basecamps they run around the world and initiatives they help lead.
The Western Union Foundation is a separate charitable corporation from The Western Union Company that receives support from The Western Union Company, its employees, agents, consumers, and business partners. Watson Institute is the leading impact fellowship for next-generation entrepreneurs. Watson Institute shares Western Union Foundation’s belief that education is the surest pathway to economic opportunity. To date, the Western Union Foundation Fellowship has supported 78 Fellows and 2,216 earlier-stage entrepreneurs through the Basecamps they run around the world and initiatives they help lead.