Deadline: November 1, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
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Tuition fee: USD 6,000,-
Eligibility: This program is for early-stage entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders with a bias towards action and the gritty idealism required to solve complex problems

Virtual Watson Semester Accelerator 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual 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.

A lifetime of impact begins

During the 4-month program, a cohort of next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs from across the globe convene virtually to tackle complex problems and forge lives and careers of impact.

From climate change to social justice and from poverty to access to quality education, students selected to the Watson Semester Accelerator leverage training, mentorship, and community to accelerate their ventures and unleash lives of impact.

Watson Institute protects your courage while giving you the tools, network, and mindset to craft the life and career you want

  • Training
    Intensive courses and workshops focused on the hard and soft skills of entrepreneurship and transformative 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 impact the world.


The Watson Semester Accelerator curriculum was developed by examining best practices in supporting social entrepreneurs worldwide and consolidated into a curriculum that provides students with the hard and soft skills, methodologies, and frameworks required to successfully grow a social venture and lead an impactful career.

Each course is led by one of Watson Institute’s Preceptors, who themselves are accomplished entrepreneurs, leaders, and expert facilitators.

  • Transformative Entrepreneurship

This course is designed to equip students with the hard skills, tools, and knowledge to develop as entrepreneurs and accelerate a social venture.

Watson has licensed the curriculum of Uncharted, which is a leading training program for social entrepreneurs globally, having worked with 545 ventures who are creating impact in 96 countries.

Transformative Entrepreneurship is divided into three sections: Business Model Validation, Funder Readiness, and Team Building.

  • Transformative Action

The highly experiential Transformative Action course focuses on the soft skills and leadership development at the core of Watson Institute’s curriculum including courage, resilience, creativity, grit, leadership, and transformative communication.

Transformative Action guides students through the process of overcoming key challenges faced during the process of building a social venture and becoming transformative leaders.

The course is based on the principles of the Transformative Action Institute and is highly interactive, experiential, and dynamic.

  • Watson Lab

This course is designed for students to put to practice the hard skills necessary to better understand the market they are looking to enter; design, test, and implement aspects of their venture model; practice pitching and communicating their venture with investors and partners; and graduate from Watson Institute with tangible assets to accelerate their venture and launch an impactful career.

Students learn, practise, and apply skills to their ventures through weekly, guided experiments, challenges, and hands-on assignments.

The Lab is split up into three sections:

  1. Clarity: focused on the strategic clarity required to scale a venture
  2. Money: Focused on the fundraising process including the ability to compete for real seed funding
  3. People: Designed to greatly expand your network of partners and funders.

Each Lab is designed for students to apply new skills and refine existing skills to develop and strengthen their ventures.

Interested in attending the Virtual Watson Semester Accelerator 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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