Applications are now open for the Watson Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Spring Semester Incubator 2020.
Watson is a revolutionary new model of higher education for next-generation innovators and also, social entrepreneurs. they protect the courage of the next generation so they can pioneer their education, trailblaze lives as innovators, and contribute to solving the toughest challenges facing the world. At Watson Institute’s Semester Incubator, college students and recent graduates with an early-stage social venture or project complete their Watson experience as a study away/abroad from a home university, gap semester before attending university, or as a ‘pre-career’ semester after their undergraduate degree. During the 4-month intensive program, you will embark on a journey that includes:
- A step-by-step methodology to rapidly and systematically validate your business model.
- Training in the process of building and strengthening an effective team that can pioneer new innovations and markets
- Testing your cost assumptions, developing a fundraising plan, creating an investors deck, and measuring impact metrics specifically to garner funder support.
- Framing solutions so they expose injustice and speak truth to power, incorporate positive psychology, and create better models and systems.
- Further, earning and applying entrepreneurial skills and mindset alongside a global community of like-minded and diverse peers.
- Connect with a powerful network of mentors and social entrepreneurs such as Jerry White, a leader of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines; Tom Chi who helped invent Google Glass and the self-driving car; and Erin Schrode, the youngest person to run for U.S. Congress.
- Watson Institute offers multiple full-ride fellowships including the American Impact Fellowship, Tech Fellowship, and Enlight Fellowships, among others.
- They are looking for early-stage social entrepreneurs, innovators, and also, changemakers with a bias towards action.
- Further, they do not select based on GPA, SAT scores, nationality, or ability to pay.
- They look at the whole person, and evaluate each application using three main criteria:
- The Person,
- The Venture,
- The Stage.