Virtual Spring Watson Semester Accelerator

General

Program Description

A lifetime of impact begins

The Watson Semester Accelerator was launched to accelerate the ventures and careers of college students, recent graduates, and gap-year students with an early-stage social venture.

During the 4-month program, a cohort of next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs from across the globe convene to tackle complex problems, such as climate change, social justice, poverty, access to quality education, and more. Students selected to the Watson Semester Accelerator leverage training, mentorship, and community to accelerate their ventures during a time when the world needs brave leadership and creative solutions to issues of complex injustices.

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Watson Master Course teachers are the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners. Each week a Master Course Teacher shares their entrepreneurial journey and experience followed by one on one mentorship with the Watson students.

Throughout the semester students participate in structured and unstructured engagements with each other, Watson Institute staff, mentors, Master Course Teachers, and the broader Watson Institute community. The result is a lifelong network of peers, friends, and partners that includes the broader Watson Institute alumni network across the globe.

Watson students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences but share a passion to make an impact in the world and use entrepreneurship as the vehicle to do so. Watson offers a rare opportunity for a group of diverse young like-minded leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across the world to, not only gain the valuable skills needed to launch a venture, but build a lifelong network of future colleagues, mentors, and connections.

Training

Intensive courses and workshops focused on the hard and soft skills of entrepreneurship and leadership.

Mentorship

Every student is paired with mentors in their field to challenge their assumptions, enhance their perspective, and expand their impact.

Community

Students join a diverse cohort with members from every corner of the globe, a variety of experiences, and a common goal to shape a more just world.

Sample Week Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

Open day to work on projects and meet with mentors.

Class: Transformative Entrepreneurship

Class: Transformative Action

Class: Watson Lab

Open day to work on projects and meet with mentors.

Meeting: All Hands on Deck

Master Course

Career Outcomes

Watson works with the next generation of innovators and social entrepreneurs looking to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, from climate change, inequality, poverty, food insecurity to human rights abuses, and more. Now more than ever, leaders, like Watson’s alumni, are needed to craft the future.

Quick Facts about Watson’s 239 Alumni Representing 60 Countries:

  • Raised over $100 million
  • Created over 800 jobs
  • Impacted 150,000 lives through their social ventures
  • Can be found in Echoing Green Fellowship and Forbes’ 30 under 30
  • Continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, among others

Tuition

The virtual Spring Watson Semester Accelerator, running from January, 2021 to May, 2021 is $6,000

We are pleased to offer robust scholarship opportunities based on merit and financial need. Additionally, fellowships and work-study opportunities are available to a select group of admitted students. I encourage you to apply! 

Application Deadlines

VIRTUAL

  • Spring 2021 cohort (running January 15th-May 7th): Novement 1st, 2020

IN-PERSON

  • Summer 2021 cohort (running June 14th- July 16th): April 15, 2021

To apply, visit: www.watson.is/watson-accelerator

For more information, contact:

Miranda Williamson, Director of Search
miranda@watson.is

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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