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Dwayne Griffith, Watson Institute Alum, 2020

Protect your Courage

The future demands that emerging leaders have the tools, network, experience, and courage to lead impactful lives and successful careers.

Amplify your impact

Watson Institute has locations in Boulder, Colorado, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala and runs accelerators for leading corporations including Ford Motor Company Fund and Western Union Foundation. We are now building partnerships with innovative corporations and institutions of higher education in the US and globally.

Watson alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and four have been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists. Alums continue their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.

Read more about Watson Institute’s scaling strategy in this recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article: The Intel Inside Higher Education.

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Watson Semester Accelerator

Boulder, Colorado

The Watson Semester Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado is a 16-week program for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs to launch and grow impactful ventures, form partnerships, and design lives of impact.

Watson Institute at Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

The Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, in collaboration with Watson Institute, is for students passionate about ‘majoring in their mission’ and leading impactful, successful careers.

Watson Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Watson Institute’s Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala accelerates the careers of entrepreneurial leaders through rigorous training in the skills required for success in the future of work, intensive mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and professionals, internships with leading organizations, and a community of peers that will protect their courage.

Everything you need to succeed, right here at Watson.


Award-winning training that empowers students to build impactful and successful careers while developing the skills of entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation.


Personalized and committed mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives, to strengthen students’ global network.


A powerful group of peers, alumni, and lifelong relationships, partnerships, and collaborations are formed at Watson Institute.

A global community of Watson alumni

Watson Institute’s 294 Scholars and alumni from 69 countries have raised over $100 million, created over 1,000 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 5 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead.

Watson Alumni

Cicy Zhang

Cicy received the Enlight China Fellowship to attend Watson Institute and develop, YouthPower, a Chinese NGO she started that provides leadership education to high schoolers through projects and experiential learning. After graduating from the Watson Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado, Cicy completed her graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education where she furthered her mission to transform education and develop the next generation of leaders in China.
Watson Alumni

Ryan Singh

After graduating from Watson Institute, Ryan returned to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he co-founded and led the iVenture Accelerator and Social Innovation at Illinois initiative. Since then, Ryan co-founded Loop Health, a healthcare startup that is bringing modern primary care and insurance to the Indian middle class. In 2019, Ryan was selected to Y Combinator and closed a $1.7M investment to advance Loop Health’s work to change the incentives and limitations that plague India’s healthcare system.
Watson Alumni

Tessa Zimmerman

Tessa was the first student to earn a Bachelor of Science from Lynn University. During her undergraduate studies, Tessa built Asset Education, which has now trained teachers from over a dozen schools in Denver, Colorado and Harlem, New York to help their students manage anxiety. Asset Education’s curriculum and training impacts 10,000 students across the United States every month. After graduating, Tessa published her first book, I am Tessa, about growing up with anxiety and tools to help young people thrive.

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