Watson Programs

Step 1: Choose Your Location

Chautauqua Park

Boulder, Colorado

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At Watson in Boulder, Colorado, students live in Chautauqua Park, a beautiful national historic landmark nestled against the Rocky Mountains. Students complete the full Watson experience in person in Boulder and simultaneously finish Lynn’s core curriculum via iTunesU, thus earning their Bachelor’s of Science in Entrepreneurship in three years from Lynn University. During the summers, students have the chance to travel while completing their core curriculum and/or learn to code through Lynn University’s partners General Assembly and WynCode.


Boulder’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is booming and students are matched with local mentors and social ventures to integrate into the local entrepreneurship community.

A note on accreditation in Colorado: Watson operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization and is not an authorized or accredited institution of higher education in Colorado. Lynn University is authorized in Florida, not in Colorado, and accredited under SACSCOC. All degrees are awarded by Lynn University. 

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

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Based on Lynn University’s innovative campus in Boca Raton, Florida, students have the chance to complete Watson’s curriculum and Lynn’s core curriculum over three years to earn their Bachelor’s of Science in Social Entrepreneurship while taking advantage of everything the Lynn campus experience offers from athletics to student clubs. During the summers, students have the option to travel while completing core classes via iTunesU, stay in Boca for in person classes, and/or learn to code through Lynn University’s partners General Assembly and WynCode. Watson Scholars will go through the program as a cohort, but will be able to take part in all that Lynn’s campus has to offer. 

Boca is part of the greater Miami area and students are connected to local mentors and social ventures to integrate into the south Florida entrepreneurship hub.

The Lynn campus is launching in Fall 2018 and applications are now live for the pioneer class.

Step 2: Choose Your Program

Bachelor’s Degree

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After completing Watson’s full 60 credit curriculum and 60 units of core classes from Lynn University, scholars are eligible to earn their Bachelor’s degree from Lynn University in three years. Scholars can be based in either the Boulder or Boca Raton campus, or a combination of both.

Degree Track Students:

  • Spend 3 academic years at Watson’s location in Boulder, Colorado or at the Boca Raton location completing award winning training and learning from Watson’s network of master course teachers
  • Spend 3 summer semesters traveling or learning to code and earning credit towards their degree
  • Complete their degree in 3 years with an accelerated social venture and global network of mentors and peers

Semester Incubator

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In the semester incubator, students complete one or two semesters of the Watson experience as a:

  • Study away/abroad
  • A gap semester/year before attending university
  • Or a “pre-career” semester after earning their degree elsewhere

Students can choose which courses best serve them and their venture. We work with students on an individual basis regarding credit transfers back to their home institutions. Students can complete the semester program from either the Boulder or Boca locations. The Watson experience is designed to equip the most promising members of the next generation with the skills, tools, and network they need to solve the toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges of our time.

Step 3: Chart Your Path

Social Entrepreneur

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Watson is ideal for early stage social entrepreneurs who are building ventures aimed at solving social, environmental, or economic challenges. Whether they plan on creating a for-profit company, a non-profit organization, or a hybrid of the two, this is built to support these builders and creators along their entrepreneurial journey. The mentorship, training, and network Watson provides surround each of our scholars with what they need to advance their ventures, maximize their positive impact in the world, and trail-blaze lives of purpose.

Social Intrapreneur

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Intrapreneurs are passionate about solving a specific social, environmental, or economic challenge and want to do so by joining a pre-existing organization/venture, designing a research project, or shifting policy – we call these students who work within existing organizations to affect social change ‘intrapreneurs.’  

Intrapreneurial Scholars will be matched with an apprenticeship relevant to the problem they are passionate about solving.  The mentorship, training, and network Watson provides surround each of our scholars with what they need to follow their passions, gain valuable experience as intrapreneurs creating positive impact in the world, and trail-blaze lives of purpose while ‘apprenticing with a problem.’ 

Note: This curriculum will only be available starting in Fall of 2018

The Curriculum

Fall Semester

Ideation

lightbulbScholars complete modules focused on ideation including in the stakeholder map, innovation matrix, root cause analysis, theory of change and impact metrics, messaging platform, and post-Watson plan.

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Leap of Faith

skydiveScholars complete a semester workshop focused on personal development and transforming obstacles to social change into solutions on both a personal and societal level.

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Funder Readiness

funders(this class led by Unreasonable Institute) Scholars complete modules focused on funder readiness including financial projections, funder type identification, building relationships with funders, and pitching.

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Transformative Team

teamworkScholars go through the process of building and strengthening a transformative team, completing modules on recruitment strategies, roles and responsibilities chart, functional organization chart and organizational structures, interviewing, optimizing collective intelligence, team alignment, creating a cult-like culture, and organizational values.

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Watson Lab

watson-labScholars work side by side in a co-working environment to accomplish structured goals in the development of their ventures with weekly hard skills workshops in areas such as: legal considerations, time management, fundraising, and leadership vs. management

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Mentorship and Coaching

mentors-iconEach scholar is paired with a team of 2 mentors who each meet with scholars twice per month.

Meet the Mentors

Lynn Core Classes

core-classesDegree scholars complete a series of core classes and electives from Lynn University while simultaneously completing the Watson curriculum.  To learn more about the Lynn University core curriculum click here.

Spring Semester

Business Model Validation

biz-validation(This class led by Unreasonable Institute) Scholars complete modules focused on rapid prototyping, customer discovery and validation, lean model canvas, and financials.

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The Virtuous Entrepreneur

virtuousScholars complete a semester workshop focused on personal development and identifying and then strengthening the virtues necessary to accomplish their purpose.

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The Thesis

thesis

Scholars complete an in depth, research backed thesis over the course of the semester that analyzes the problem they are solving, pre-existing solutions, and makes the case for their solutions. Through developing the thesis, scholars reach a level of mastery in their fields.

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The Portfolio

portfolioScholars participate in weekly sessions with leading practitioners, experts, and entrepreneurs while together they answer a series of probing questions about their past, present, and future. Scholars walk away with a greatly expanded network and in depth portfolio of their lives.

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Watson Lab

watson-labScholars work side by side in a co-working environment to accomplish structured goals in the development of their ventures with weekly hard skills workshops in areas such as: legal considerations, time management, fundraising, and leadership vs. management

See Syllabus

Mentorship and Coaching

mentors-iconEach scholar is paired with a team of 2 mentors who each meet with scholars twice per month.

Meet the Mentors

Lynn Core Classes

core-classesDegree scholars complete a series of core classes and electives from Lynn University while simultaneously completing the Watson curriculum.  To learn more about the Lynn University core curriculum click here