Watson Semester Incubator for Young Social Entrepreneurs

  • January 22 – May 8, 2017
  • Partially Funded
  • Colorado

Watson strives to be the Olympic training ground for the world’s most promising next-generation social entrepreneurs and changemakers. Applications are now open for the Spring or Fall 2018 Semester Incubators where students see their social ventures move from idea to launch. We do this through (1) intensive mentorship, (2) tailored curriculum and workshops facilitated by industry leaders, and (3) by convening some of the world’s top young talent in the entrepreneurial hub of Boulder, Colorado. Participants compete for seed-funding and gain access to not only industry leaders, but also funders, investors, and renowned social entrepreneurs.

This opportunity is ideal for those looking for a (1) “semester away” from their universities, (2) a semester after university, (3) a gap year/semester or (4) an alternative to traditional education. We select young gritty idealists – those gritty enough to get things done in spite of adversity, but idealistic enough to believe in a more hopeful future. If a candidate is selected as a Watson Scholar, we work with him or her individually to ensure that finances are never a barrier to a Watson education – offering scholarships, income sharing options, and even several full-ride fellowships. US and international applicants welcome.


United States


Mentorship; access to industry leaders, renowned social entrepreneurs, driven peers and funders; curriculum tailored for young social innovators, and seed funding upon completion of the program.


Open to young social innovators from across the globe, whether currently in college, already graduated, or not yet started.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.


The first step in the application process is to submit a short written application to www.watson.lynn.edu/apply. After that, we will contact second round applicants for additional information and an interview. Early deadline is October 1, and the final deadline is November 1. Application Deck has more information about the program and application process.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017 (45 Days Remaining)


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