Applications call for Virtual Watson Semester Accelerator Spring 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.
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.
The courses, mentorship, master courses, and community will be delivered in three distinct ways:
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. Watson workshops typically take place Tuesday-Thursday between 8 am and 10 am MT
Courses offer highly discounted tuition cost for the virtual Watson Semester Accelerator. The tuition costs $6,000. Scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost of tuition are available based on merit and financial need.
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