Promising Ventures Fellowship

The Promising Ventures Fellowship is an accelerator program designed to meet the unique needs of social entrepreneurs in Early Childhood Development (ECD). Promise Fellows will benefit from the full support of the Promise Venture Studio team and the strength of our ECD network and expertise.

The application for the summer 2019 Fellowship is now closed. We are reviewing applications for our inaugural class of social entrepreneurs committed to making meaningful impact for young children and families in the U.S.

The Promising Ventures Fellowship is 100% focused on ECD and customized to each team’s needs. As a Fellow, you’ll receive personalized coaching and direct help on top priorities that you define in two areas: 1) social impact and 2) venture growth. Over the course of three months, you will make progress on your specific goals in those two areas.

For 12 weeks this summer, Promise Fellows will receive:

  • Personalized coaching and help towards ambitious social impact and growth goals

  • Senior leadership and team-building competency development

  • Impact advising from our partner, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (HCDC)

  • Connections and access to the field’s key leaders and stakeholders

  • Guaranteed slot at our Fall 2019 Early Childhood Demo Week

  • Priority access to grants from HCDC’s impact focused fund

  • Tight-knit community of peer ECD founders and entrepreneurs

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fellowship dates: May 28 - August 29, 2019

Questions? Check out this short video and read our FAQ

I have worked with experts in early childhood education and experts in building successful social enterprises — but never experts in both until I met the Promise team. The quality and thoughtfulness of their feedback was off the charts, they were overwhelmingly generous with their time, and they managed to deliver constructive criticism directly while maintaining the empathetic touch of early childhood educators. Beyond that, their precision with every program detail and the capacity to connect such disparate — and amazing — people is unlike anything I have ever seen.
— Henry Wilde, co-founder and CEO, Acelero
The Promise team is mission-driven with a strong focus on execution. I love the team’s culture of continuous feedback on how to best support entrepreneurs like myself. They have provided support across topics ranging from policy issues to sales negotiations. They are exactly the type of partner I would hope for as we scale our venture. I feel fortunate to have such a strong team in my corner.
— Tammy Kwan, co-founder and CEO, Cognitive Toybox

Thank you to our partner, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, for their support in the design and execution of the Fellowship.