USA (Watson) Scholarships

Fully-Funded Accelerator Program (Funding Available): Watson Institute Venture Accelerator

We are excited to announce that the Watson Venture Accelerator program is now open and accepting applications! They are looking for inspired change makers who are passionate about social impact and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Whether you’re working on a groundbreaking idea or looking to take your existing social venture to the next level, the Watson Venture Accelerator program can help you achieve your goals.

This program offers comprehensive support in areas such as scaling, pitching, fundraising, networking, and more, providing unparalleled resources for startups looking to grow and make a difference.

The program is designed to equip next-generation entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. This is a fully-funded program and select fellows can earn up to $6,000 in seed funding*.


Fellows receive:

Seed Funding: Up to $6,000 available in seed funding* for select Fellows based on comprehensive performance in the program.

Training and Skill Development: Training and interactive modules led by subject-matter-experts in the areas including Sales, Data & Metrics, Business Foundations, and Funding.

Mentorship & Community: Engage with world renowned entrepreneurs, industry experts, global alumni, and local partners to receive mentorship, guidance, and support throughout the program.

Pitch Coaching: Earn the opportunity to present at the high-profile pitch event at the end of the program to a global network of employees, mentors, alumni, and partners.

Dates & Details:

The program will kick off with an in-person Immersive experience in Boulder, Colorado. The remaining virtual 15-weeks are designed to complement fellows’ existing venture work, allowing them to implement learnings from the program in real-time.

•           Dates for In-Person Immersive: July 20th, 2023 through July 28th, 2023.

•           Dates for Virtual Programming: July 30th, 2023 through October 31st, 2023.

•           Weekly Schedule: All workshops and modules take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday between 8:30am and 10:30 am Mountain Time.


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 USA, Brazil, China, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

This is a fully funded program thanks to the support of our many global and local partners.

The priority deadline to apply is May 15th.



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