Watson Institute at UFM (Virtual) Career Accelerator

Empowering entrepreneurial leaders to accelerate their careers and lead lives of consequence, purpose, and impact.

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Accelerate your career, lead a life of impact.

Watson Institute at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) is a 6-week program that 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. Current students of UFM are eligible to receive a minor for completing the program.

The virtual program is tailored for university students and young professionals from across the Americas and world who desire to identify their purpose, learn and practice new skills, and grow their network to accelerate an impactful, successful career.


The rigorous curriculum is inspired by renowned professors from Stanford, Oxford, and leading institutions globally and is designed to prepare students to lead impactful, successful careers.


Every student works with mentors that align with their passions, challenge their assumptions, contribute valuable perspective, and expand their network, vision, and sense of purpose.


Students join a diverse, global cohort with a variety of experiences and a common goal to impact the world.

Master Course Teachers

We have the privilege to host some of the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners to deliver Master Courses: highly interactive workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship sessions. Examples of Master Course Teachers include:

Learn about our Master Course Teachers

Guillermo Jaime

Guillermo is one of Mexico’s leading entrepreneurs. The founder of MIA, Guillermo’s company has built 60,000 affordable homes across Mexico. He is one of the rare individuals to receive both the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and be named an Endeavor Entrepreneur representing the intersection of his successful business model with his heart for changing lives.

Monica de Zelaya

Dean of UFM School of Economic Sciences; founder of UFM Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center; senior consultant for Franklin Covey; co-author of books on entrepreneurship and management; professor of management theory, leadership, and entrepreneurship; president of Antigua Forum 2015. Monica also helped integrate the 7 habits of highly effective people curriculum into the national education system of Guatemala.

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff is an award-winning entrepreneur, motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, Producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album, and Executive Producer of an Emmy Award-winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known, successful startups including Priceline.com/Booking.com, uBid.com and more.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín and Guatemala

Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) is a leading institution of higher education in Latin America with the mission to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and overall economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons. UFM has played an important role in the development of Guatemala and produced many of the region’s leading entrepreneurs, executives, and public officials.

Guatemala itself has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students of Watson Institute at UFM are integrated into the global entrepreneurial community through their Mentors, Master Course Teachers, internships, and challenges presented in the curriculum. Students of Watson Institute at UFM will have the opportunity to meet with leaders across Guatemala, the Americas, and the world.

The Cohort

As part of Watson Institute at UFM, entrepreneurial leaders from across the Americas and globe build a powerful community of peers and lifelong friendships. The cohort, as diverse as it is, has in common a gritty idealism and drive to make the world a better place.

Watson Virtual Career Accelerator in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tuition: $3,900
Total: $3,900*

Watson Institute offers a wide range of partial scholarships for both merit and financial need. Please contact Monica Solares, Admissions Coordinator for Watson Institute at UFM, at monica@watson.is with any questions you may have about our scholarships.

Is this program for you?

The program is designed for university students and young professionals determined to advance their careers and lead lives of consequence, meaning, and impact.

The program will be delivered in English. The majority of faculty, mentors, and master course teachers will be fluent in both Spanish and English.

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