MIT IDEAS: What’s Next? with the Watson Institute

The IDEAS “What’s Next?” series is an ongoing, virtual resource for students and young entrepreneurs looking towards steps they can take beyond the MIT campus.

On July 10th at 12:30pm (EST), MIT IDEAS invites you to learn more about the programs and resources at the Watson Institute. Register here to attend!

Watson Institute ( is built on the belief that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, we must equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset, and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact.

The Watson Semester Accelerator is a program for college students, recent graduates, and gap-year students with an early-stage social venture/project and a passion for social impact.

During the 4-month program, the cohort of 30 young social innovators convene in Boulder, Colorado to tackle the greatest challenges facing the world. From climate change to income inequality and from political oppression to access to water, students enrolled in the Watson Accelerator leverage training, mentorship, and community to unleash a lifetime of impact. 

Watson Institute’s 223 Scholars and alumni from 53 countries have raised over $77.2 million, created over 500 part or full-time jobs, and impacted 150,000 people around the world through initiatives they help lead. Watson alumni have been selected to Y Combinator, the Echoing Green Fellowship and Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and continued their education at Harvard University, New York University, and Princeton University, among others.

Joining to present is Isabel Artemis DeJesus who is the Director of Admission Operations at the Watson Institute and leads the global search and admissions process to find and select the most promising young innovators by improving, expanding, and diversifying Watson’s nominator network and key partnerships. She joins Watson with years of experience in the social enterprise sector having intimately worked with organizations with global operations in the US, Haiti, India and Afghanistan with a focus on communications, strategic partnerships, and operations. She obtained her MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and her BA in Economics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

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