Education & Learning / Incubator & Accelerator / Leadership / Mentorship / Social Enterprise

Watson University


Watson University

aims to be a new university model to launch and accelerate the ideas of student leaders and entrepreneurs.


Watson is a new model of higher education in Boulder, Colorado for student innovators aged 18-23 that includes short master courses from the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and thinkers; 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. Students can come to Watson for either a semester or a 2.5 year accredited Bachelor’s of Science in Entrepreneurship through our collaboration with Lynn University.


  • Length: Semesterly (4 months) – option to pursue degree track for up to 4 years
  • Apply: November and April of each year

Spud’s Thoughts:

I can’t speak more highly about the team that runs Watson. If you are young, have an idea for a project, and are wrestling with whether you should pursue the college path – this program is for you! I’ve met a bunch of the Watson Scholars over the year and each one of them seems to have an amazing experience during their semester in Boulder (which is another huge plus – spending a few months at the foothills of the rookies is quite the spot to call home throughout your time at Watson). The selection process is competitive but don’t let that stop you from applying. The other cool thing is that you can get your degree entirely by going through the Watson model. Or, you can choose to complement your studies at an existing institution or through online courses if you just want a taste of what Watson can offer. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible experience!