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Watson Semester Accelerator

Boulder, Colorado

The Watson Semester Accelerator is a program for college students, recent graduates, and gap-year students with an early-stage social venture/project and a passion for social impact. During the 4-month program, a cohort of young social innovators convene in Boulder, Colorado to tackle the greatest challenges facing the world.

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Watson Institute at Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

The revolutionary Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from Lynn University is built for students to major in their mission, gain experience as interns with leading organizations in their field, and develop a skill set necessary to create impactful, successful careers.

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Watson Institute at
UFM

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Watson Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) is a program for entrepreneurial leaders. The six-week program empowers university students and young professionals from across the Americas and world with the skills, experience, network, and courage to lead impactful, successful careers and lives of consequence.

Selection Criteria

We’re on the search for young people who are motivated to work towards a future that is better, more sustainable, and more equitable than the present. We’re looking for people who are gritty, creative, and driven to not only listen and learn, but also act.

We’re on a quest to find innovators, changemakers, and entrepreneurs like you.

Watson Semester Accelerator

Boulder, Colorado

The Watson Accelerator (Fall and Spring) is a program for college students, recent graduates, and gap-year students with a bias towards action through entrepreneurship.

Whether at the idea-stage or prototyping-stage, the program is made for students who are looking to solve the world’s greatest challenges through the crossroads between entrepreneurship and social impact. Students in this program are driven to action by a passion to make a difference while designing, validating, and launching impact focused ventures.

• Impact-driven entrepreneur •

• Using entrepreneurship as a tool for social impact •

• Has or is developing a service or product •

• Ready for a fast-paced startup environment •

Application Deadlines

Watson Semester Accelerator in Colorado

Fall 2020

August 3, 2020

Spring 2021

October 15, 2020

Start Date

Fall 2020 | August 22, 2020

Spring 2021 | January 15, 2021

Bachelor’s from Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

This program is for students that have a strong passion and commitment to make a difference in the world. The right candidate has agency in their own development, a growth mindset with a healthy dose of curiosity, and a passion for social impact and systemic change.

Ideal candidates have a passion for a particular issue or set of challenges but is not sure on how to tackle them. This program is built for students looking to launch a multi-layered career with social impact at its core and provides training in business and entrepreneurship.

• Mission-oriented innovator •

• Exploring paths for a successful career in social impact and systemic change •

• Identifies entrepreneurship skills as tools for a meaningful career •

• Ready for a unique university experience •

Application Deadlines

Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship in South Florida

Early Decision

November 15, 2019

Regular Decision

March 1, 2020

Rolling Admissions

March 1+, 2020

Start Date

August 24, 2020

Watson Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Guatemala

Watson Institute at UFM is for university students and young professionals from across the Americas and world determined to launch a successful career and life of impact.  Students will connect with their purpose, practice the skills of entrepreneurship and leadership, and build a powerful global network. Current students of UFM are eligible to receive a minor for completing the program.

The Watson Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín will be delivered in English. The majority of faculty, mentors, and master course teachers will be fluent in both Spanish and English.

• Impact-driven innovator •

• Exploring paths for a successful career in social impact and systemic change •

• Identifies entrepreneurship skills as tools for a meaningful career •

• Ready for a fast-paced startup environment •

Application Deadlines

Watson Career Accelerator at Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Final Deadline

May 1, 2020

Rolling Admissions

Accepted through May 23, 2020

Start Date

May 25, 2020

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