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Watson Institute Venture Accelerator (fully-funded) for Entrepreneurs 2023

Watson Institute Venture Accelerator (fully-funded) for Entrepreneurs 2023
Deadline: May 15, 2023

The Watson Institute is launching a fully-funded Venture Accelerator program for next-generation entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. Fellows will learn advanced skills in entrepreneurship and leadership, have the opportunity to earn seed funding, garner experience, and build a global network, as they lay the foundation to empower many more individuals and transform their communities.

This program is offered with virtual and in-person components that allows fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. Virtual Programming includes: Impact Speaker Series, Workshops, and Weekly Check Ins. In-Person Programming includes in person Immersive in Boulder, CO. Up to $6,000 available in seed funding for select Fellows, based on comprehensive performance in the program, progress and impact throughout the Accelerator.

This is a 16-week program with weekly programming from July 20th – October 31st. The program launches with an in-person Immersive in Boulder, Colorado. The Immersive will take place from July 20th – July 28th. During the remaining 14 weeks, the weekly time commitment is approximately 6–8 hours per week.


  • Entrepreneur leading an early-stage social impact venture with demonstrated impact metrics and traction.

  • Able to commit to the 16-week program including the in-person Immersive in Boulder, Colorado with a weekly time commitment of 6–8 hours per week.

  • From any geographical location with a preference to applicants from the USA, Brazil, China, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.


Participate in the Fellowships culminating event called Summit where Fellows pitch to local leaders, funders, and entrepreneurs. Fellows can earn up to $6,000 in seed funding for their venture.


  • Applications Submitted: Complete the online application: The online application contains 4 short essay questions and should take about 45 minutes to complete.

  • Applications Reviewed: Our admissions team will review applications on a rolling basis starting in mid-March.

  • Interview: Qualified applicants will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview. Interviews will begin April 1st, 2023.

How to apply:

Click here to apply

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