Boulder Semester Incubator

Build your social venture at Watson


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

  • Study away/abroad from a home university
  • Gap semester before attending university
  • “Pre-career” semester after earning their degree elsewhere

Watson works with students on an individual basis regarding credit transfers back to their home institutions. All semester incubator students can complete the semester program from Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. 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.

The Location

At Watson in Boulder, Colorado, students live in Chautauqua Park, a beautiful national historic landmark nestled against the Rocky Mountains. 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. 

Student Life

Watson students go through their semester as a 30 scholar cohort. Watson alumni come from 36 countries and diverse socio-economic backgrounds. What they have in common is a grit and idealism, and a drive to leave the world better than they found it. Some highlights of student life include:

  • An experiential scholar trip where the cohort travels to learn more about themselves and their classmates
  • Shared fully furnished and equipped apartment-style rooms.
  • Access to co-working spaces around town
  • Gym membership
  • Living within walking distance of lively downtown Boulder and within feet of dozens of hiking trails

Are you ready to take the dive?

We’re calling all young leaders, social entrepreneurs, innovators, dreamers and thought-leaders to pioneer their education. While applications are now closed for the Fall 2018 programs, you can email to learn more about our Extended Deadline policy.

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