The Batchelor / Feld Fellowship Program

Wellesley College students are able to participate as full members of the MIT delta v summer accelerator, thanks to a grant from the Batchelor / Feld Fellowship program. The grant supports either:

  • teams co-founded by at least one Wellesley student
  • individual students looking to join an established MIT-founded startup for the summer

About MIT delta v

MIT delta v is MIT’s student venture accelerator, providing a capstone educational opportunity for MIT student entrepreneurs that prepares them to hit escape velocity and launch into the real world. The name “delta v” literally means a change in velocity, and this program has been called the gold standard of academic entrepreneurship accelerators.

From June to early September, teams work on their ventures full-time. Teams will define and refine their target market, conduct primary market research, and build knowledge about their customers and users. They use the Disciplined Entrepreneurship approach to building their ventures. At the end of the summer, the delta v teams formally present their startups at the culmination of the program on Demo Day.

Here are what Batchelor / Feld Fellowship recipients will receive:

  • All Wellesley students are eligible to apply as individuals or as a team
  • Full participation in the delta v cohort
  • Up to $20,000 in equity-free funding available for teams
  • $2,000/month per Wellesley student to cover living expenses in June, July, and August
  • Video mentorship meetings with Amy Batchelor and Brad Feld
  • Join a cohort of peers changing the world through entrepreneurship
  • Become part of a strong network of delta v alumni teams with a proven track record

About Amy Batchelor (Wellesley ’88) and Brad Feld (MIT ’87, SM ’88):

Amy Batchelor is a writer and community leader who has been deeply involved in non-profit activity for two decades. She is the co-author of the book Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. Amy graduated with a B.A. in Political Philosophy, and has served on the Board of Trustees at Wellesley from 2009 to 2015, and 2018 to the present.

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. As a long-time venture capitalist who has supported entrepreneurship in the for-profit sector, he also provides his expertise and leadership to non-profits. Brad holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Science from MIT.

It is the generosity of philanthropists such as Amy and Brad and their support of entrepreneurship that allows us to continue to innovate and elevate our entrepreneurship programs.