College students, recent graduates, and gap-year students learn to use the vehicle of entrepreneurship to tackle complex problems, from climate change, social justice, poverty, access to quality education, and more. Students selected to the Watson Semester Accelerator leverage training, mentorship, and community to unleash a lifetime of impact.

The Fall 2021 Watson Semester Accelerator program will be offered in a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation options. The in-person format is available only to those based in the U.S. and will be limited to twelve students.

Quick facts:

  • 90% of students receive robust scholarships based on both need and merit. 
  • Receive tailored mentorship from experienced innovators and social entrepreneurs.
  • Learn from the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners.Watson Institute’s 260 alumni represent 60 countries. Check out our Alumi Impact Report. 
  • Collectively Watson’s alumni have raised over $100 million, created over 800 jobs.


Cost and Session Information

Session:  August 23rd through December 10th, 2021

In-person tuition: $15,000 (includes housing) 
Virtual tuition: $6,000

Scholarships and fellowships are available based on financial need and merit.

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