Apply Now: Fund Your Innovation with the 2024 Activate Fellowship

Jun 13, 2023

Activate! A fellowship for scientists on a mission.

Sponsored by Activate 

The two-year Activate Fellowship empowers scientists to reinvent the world by bringing their research to market. Fellows receive:

  • A yearly living stipend of $80K-$110K + health insurance stipend and travel allowance. Each project also receives $100K of research support at a host laboratory and access to at least $75K in additional flexible capital.
  • Access to research facilities in Berkeley, CA, Boston, MA, Houston, TX, New York, NY, or other qualified host laboratories anywhere across the U.S. in the Activate Anywhere Community.
  • Intensive entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and networking.

Key Features:

  • Regular meetings with your managing director and advisors.
  • Elements of Entrepreneurship educational “bootcamp” program.
  • Weekly programming to connect and learn from members of the entrepreneurial and funding ecosystem.
  • Interactions curated between fellows and the many investors, technologists, policy experts, and service providers that comprise Activate’s network.
  • Community social gatherings and support from people who have been there before.

Fees and Financing:

  • Activate does not charge any fees or equity to participate. 
  • Fellows receive a two-year living stipend of $80K-$110K/year, along with health insurance, and travel, education, and relocation assistance.
  • Our fellowship program supports people, first and foremost. We have a nonprofit mission to help you find the optimal path for your project to go to market, regardless of the specific business model.

Profile and Eligibility:

To be eligible, you…

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and 4+ years post-baccalaureate scientific research, engineering, or technology development experience.
  • Must be leading the commercial development of a hardware-based technology innovation for the first time if awarded the fellowship i.e. not a repeat hard-tech founder.
  • Must be committed full time to the proposed project or company if awarded the fellowship.
  • Must be legally able to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Must be able to communicate proficiently in English.

To be eligible, your proposed project or company…

  • Must be based in the physical or biological sciences, or related engineering disciplines.
  • Must be still be in development and not yet ready for full-scale product sales at the time of the application deadline.
  • Must not have raised more than $2M in debt or equity funding from non-governmental sources at the time of the application deadline.

Activate’s Impact:

  • 188 fellows and 145 fellow companies supported since 2015
  • Over $1.38B in follow-on funding for fellow companies
  • More than 1,900 U.S. jobs created by fellow companies


Apply before: October 17, 2023


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