From California to Massachusetts, the race is on to nurture and train a new generation of data scientists. The latest examples involve Workday Ventures and DataCamp -- along with dozens of university and college programs that are now on the scene.

Workday Ventures, a new venture capital arm of the SaaS software provider, plans to invest in 10 to 12 companies this year. All of those investments will involve companies focused on machine learning and data science. Early deals include Metanautix, Jobr, Thinair and Unbabel. Workday Senior VP Dan Beck and VP Ade Ajao are leading the venture capital charge.

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