Watson Summer Accelerator (Free Agent track)

The deadlines to apply to the Watson Summer Accelerator:

Priority Deadline: January 1, 2020
Final Deadline (International students): February 15, 2020
Final Deadline (Domestic students): March 1, 2020

A lifetime of impact begins.

The Watson Summer Accelerator is an 8-week program for college idea-stage entrepreneurs in Boulder, Colorado. Taking place between May 23rd and July 17th, the program explores the rigorous journey of launching a social venture, being immersed in the world of social change, and leading a life of impact.

The program is tailored for college-aged students of all majors looking to design, test, and validate an impact-focused project or venture. Students who successfully complete the Watson Summer Accelerator have an articulated pathway to earn credits from Lynn University which are eligible for transfer.

Please contact Isabel DeJesus, Director of Admission for Watson Institute, at with any questions you may have about the application process.

  • Section 1: Tell us about yourself

  • Please only select programs/schools if you been a part of them. We will verify this information with each program to assess "Maverick Partner" scholarship eligibility. To select more than one, hold down the "command" button on macs, and the "control" button on windows.
  • Section II: Tell us about your educational background

  • High school, university, vocational school, community college etc
  • High school, university, vocational school, community college etc
  • High school, university, vocational school, community college etc
  • Section III: Tell us what drives you

  • There are hundreds of social issues to tackle, but please just choose one, and please be specific.
  • What events, relationships and circumstances in your life have driven you to seek solutions to this problem? Please be specific.
  • Section IV: What is social change for you?

    We select Free Agent applicants based on their passion towards social change, their drive to create measurable impact, and their grittiness to get things done in the face of adversity.
  • Based on your answer on section III, in your perspective, what would be the best plan of action for tackling this problem?
  • What drives and motivates you to create lasting social impact? Tell us in your personal mission statement.
  • Section V: Free Agent joining a venture

    The new Free Agent track at the Watson Incubator provides the opportunity for students interested in social change and entrepreneurship to join or collaborate with a social entrepreneur with a venture enrolled in the program. To help us be the conduits of this collaboration, please tell us what skills and experience, beyond what you've shared in this application, you would bring to a team.
  • Please submit a SHARED/PUBLIC link to you answering the following in video form in 120 seconds or less: "Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are you doing? What area of social impact are you focused on?" Upload this video to Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Drive (in all cases, make sure it is viewable to the public) and please include the link below
  • These can be your venture website, personal linkedin, venture facebook page, venture twitter page, a personal blog, an article about you, a competition you participated in, or anything that helps us understand you and your project better.
  • Please list 1-3 relevant programs or extracurricular activities that you have been a part of related to: (A) leadership (B) social change education (C) social entrepreneurship or (D) global citizenship