The Campus

Watson is located in Boulder, Colorado, a city full of innovation, entrepreneurship, nature and passion. Watson Scholars are housed in the beautiful Columbine Lodge at Chautauqua Park, a national historic landmark nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Chautauqua’s founding in 1898 as an intellectual retreat is aligned with Watson’s vision – we are honored to partner with Chautauqua.

Scholar Perks

Venture Advancement and Personal Development

  • Pro Bono international legal support during and after time at Watson U
  • 24/7 access to two different coworking spaces in Boulder
  • Weekly Watson venture lab with scholar and preceptor led workshops
  • Week-long scholar trip
  • Access to funder and investor feedback and financing during Funder Week
  • Opportunity to pitch venture to partners and funders in end of semester Demo Day
  • 2:1 mentor : scholar ratio
  • 1:1 meetings with Watson U staff and preceptors  
  • Exclusive Watson sessions and 1:1s with world renown entrepreneurs and thought leaders

Residential Life and Community

  • Scholars form a close-knit global community of 18-23 year-old social entrepreneurs who gather to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges
  • All scholars live in fully furnished rooms located in private cottages or Columbine lodge on Chautauqua Park. These units are equipped with private bathrooms and kitchens. Singles and shared rooms available.
  • Campus located at historic Chautauqua Park in Boulder CO, situated next to the beautiful Flatirons
  • Park access to dozens of hiking trails
  • Driving distance of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Walking distance of downtown Boulder
  • Free local gym membership
  • Discount for on-site Chautauqua dining

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