Watson University Program for Young Social Entrepreneurs 2017 – Colorado, USA (Scholarships Available)

Watson University Program for Young Social Entrepreneurs 2017 – Colorado, USA (Scholarships Available)

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Watson University (Watson U) applications are officially open for Fall 2017. Watson U is a program specifically designed for young social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world, located in Boulder, CO, USA. College-aged innovators can apply for either the Semester Incubator Program (3.5 months) or the Full BS Degree Program (2.5 years).

Program Highlights

A hand-selected group of 25 Scholars from across the world are convened at Watson’s campus in Boulder, Colorado, where they live, learn and collaborate with each other. Master Courses are taught by leading mentors, practitioners and entrepreneurs; training in social entrepreneurship and personal development; and the Watson Lab to take scholars’ ventures from idea to launch.

  1. Venture Week:
    1 week in which scholars register their ventures and team up with fellow scholars for an intensive week focused on venture development.
  2. Scholar Trip:
    For 1 week, scholars are tasked with a series of challenges that involve local and regional travel.
  3. Funder Week:
    1 week intensive with real funders for both non-profit and for-profits – funding is awarded to the strongest proposals at the end of the week.
  4. Watson Summit:
    The culminating event of the semester in which scholars pitch to a packed crowd of supporters, partners, mentors, funders and friends. The Summit is Watson’s equivalent of a ‘demo day.’

About Watson

Watson is a new model of higher education in Boulder, Colorado for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18-23 that includes short master courses from the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and thinkers including a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and more; intensive mentorship; and training in the entrepreneurial skills of empathy, creativity, resilience, grit, bootstrapping, team building and fundraising. Watson helps students develop and advance solutions to the toughest challenges facing the world.

Scholarships available

Five fully funded fellowships and various partially funded scholarships


  • Open for student innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Students either go through the semester incubator or the Bachelor’s degree track.
  • Applicants must be aged 18-23.
  • Applicants are those committed members of the next generation driven to create the future.

Application Process

Applications are now open for:

  • Fall Semester 2017 (August 28 – December 15, 2017, US & international students)
  • Degree Track (Starting Fall 2017, 2 years, US students & green card holders only)
  • Start your online application.

Application deadlines:

Early Decision with Preferred Admission: March 1, 2017
Final Decision: April 1, 2017
Extended Decision: By Invitation Only

Please reach out to: [email protected] with any questions.

For more information, visit Watson University.