Watson Summer Accelerator Application

Free Agent

We at Watson are gritty idealists. We are gritty enough to transform our words into action in the face of adversity. We are idealistic enough to believe in a better, more sustainable and equitable future. If you are a young gritty idealist ready to take this leap of faith, we’re glad you made it to this application. This program is for you.
This application is for the Free Agent track of the Watson Summer Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. If you are applying to the Venture Founder track of the Watson Incubator, please complete this application.


  • The Venture Founder track is for students who are founders or co-founders of a venture or project. The Venture Funder may collaborate with a Free Agent track student attending the same cohort.
  • The new Free Agent track is for students looking to join a venture or project and are prepared to contribute in significant ways to the team. Free Agents join a Venture Founder’s team at the beginning of the cohort.
Below are the deadlines to apply to the Watson Summer Accelerator 2020 Cohort:

  • Priority Deadline: January 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline (International students): February 15, 2020
  • Final Deadline (Domestic students): March 1, 2020
Please contact Isabel Walker, Director of Admission, at isabel@watson.is with any questions you have about the application process.
Know that you can save and return at any time (see “save and continue later” note at the bottom of the application, so you do not have to complete it in one sitting. If you would like to download the full application in microsoft word version, please see here.
  • 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