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Watson Institute is a place where next generation entrepreneurial leaders can find their community, discover their calling, and accelerate their careers.  We provide the tools, network, mindset, and courage for the next generation to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, launch successful careers, and lead impactful lives.


Courses and workshops that empower students to build impactful and successful careers while developing solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.


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


Students develop, practice, and apply the entrepreneurial mindset necessary to thrive as successful, impactful innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Amplify your impact.

Watson Institute is a reimagined model of education for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs, with locations in Boulder, Colorado, Boca Raton, Florida, and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The Watson Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado was launched in 2013 to advance the ventures and careers of next generation, impact focused entrepreneurs. The Accelerator program includes award-winning training, intensive mentorship, and a global community of peers.

In August 2018, Watson Institute and Lynn University launched a collaborative program at Lynn’s campus in Boca Raton, Florida, where students can earn a one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University.

In 2020, Watson Institute launched the Summer Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, a leading institution of higher education in Latin America.

Watson Semester Accelerator (Hybrid Format)

Boulder, Colorado & Virtual

The hybrid Watson Semester Accelerator is a 16-week program preparing next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs to launch impactful ventures collaborate, and unleash a lifetime of impact.


Watson Institute at Lynn University

Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship

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 UFM

Watson Career Accelerator

Watson Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala accelerates the careers of entrepreneurial leaders through rigorous training in the skills required for success in today’s economy and workforce, intensive mentorship, a powerful global network, and a community of peers that will protect your courage.


A global community of Watson alumni.

Watson Institute’s 260 Scholars and alumni from 60 countries have raised over $100 million, created over 800 part or full-time jobs, and impacted over 150,000 people around the world through initiatives they help lead.

Two Watson alums have been selected to Y Combinator, four named to the Forbes’ 30 under 30 lists, and others are Echoing Green Fellows and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.

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.

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.

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.