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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

In partnership with leading corporations and foundations, Watson Institute powers Fellowships to support highly promising, historically disenfranchised rising entrepreneurs and leaders. The Fellowships provide award-winning entrepreneurship and leadership skills training, committed mentorship, stipends, long-term Alumni support, and access to a global community of peers, mentors, and opportunities.

Watson Institute programs will positively impact over 2,400 rising leaders this year.

Alumni of Watson Institute’s Fellowships have raised over $185 million, created over 1,900 paid jobs, and impacted 10 million people around the world through initiatives they help lead. 90% of Watson Institute alums are employed, continuing their education, or building a venture. This is on par with leading business schools, yet all of the Fellowships Watson Institute powers are free. 99% of Watson Institute Alumni use a skill they learned while in a Watson Institute powered program up to 10 years later. Watson Institute’s Alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and seven have been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists. Alums continue their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.

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Watson Accelerator

Boulder, Colorado

The Watson Accelerator is an 18-week fully funded fellowship program designed for impact-driven entrepreneurs seeking to elevate their ventures to achieve product-market fit and scale.

Watson Institute at Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

The Bachelor of Science in Social Impact and 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.

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 Fellows and Alumni have raised over $185 million, created over 1,900 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 10 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.

Protect your Courage