Last Date: September 15, 2022

Ford Fund Fellowship for entrepreneurs

The Ford Fund Fellowship is a program designed to equip 25 next-gen entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and experience to scale the impactful ventures they are building. Ford Fund 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 allow fellows to take advantage of the global cohort while also focusing on creating local impact within their communities. 

Virtual Programming includes Master Courses, Workshops, and Weekly Check-Ins. In-Person Programming includes Fellow-Led Basecamps and a Fellow-Led Meetup.

$25,000 in seed funding will be distributed among the Ford Fund Fellows based on progress and impact throughout the Fellowship. 

This is for advanced, next-generation entrepreneurs building impactful ventures that create scalable innovations. Ideal applicants will demonstrate a proven track record of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in their community.

Ford Fund applicants must be able to commit to being part of the 16-week program from October 17th, 2022, to February 24th, 2023. There is a 2-week intensive (20-25 hours per week) followed by 14 weeks of weekly programming (5-8 hours per week). Ford Fund Fellows will be given a stipend and spend an additional 80-100 hours implementing a 3-day intensive program called Basecamp.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application: The online application contains 5 short essay questions.
  2. Your application will be reviewed: Applications will be reviewed within 2-weeks of submission. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  3. You will be invited to an interview: Applicants moving forward in the process will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview.
  4. Enrollment process: We will send out the final admission decision and enrollment agreement within 2-weeks of the interview.
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  • The applicants must be from the United States, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Argentina
  • The applicant’s venture must be in the “Product Fit” or “Scaling” stage.
Last date for application:
September 15, 2022
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