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In partnership with
Vanderbilt's Turner Family Center for Social Ventures and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Accelerator® Global Immersion equips students with the tools to solve real-world problems through entrepreneurship. Based in Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regional innovation hub, the program combines classroom instruction from renowned Vanderbilt faculty with hands-on projects led by regional business leaders. Students engage with local communities through culturally-immersive programming.
Social enterprise is the most important new movement in business and entrepreneurship. A social enterprise is a cause-driven business whose primary purpose is to improve social objectives and serve the common good. Sustainable revenue differentiates a social enterprise from a traditional non-profit that relies on funding from donations or grants. Through the Accelerator® Global Immersion program, students will learn, connect and apply the key fundamentals of business to solve global social problems.
Participants will take foundational and intermediate courses from renowned Vanderbilt faculty, learn directly from CEOs and leaders of international social enterprises, and apply new skills and experience through interactive case study exercises. Daily excursions will foster an immersive experience for students to interact with the wonderful city, culture and people of Antigua. Over the course of five days, students will gain a broad understanding of the concepts and applications of the following:
- Business model generation
- Social enterprise in emerging markets
- Financial statements and modeling
- Impact investing
Additional program benefits:
- Apply new skills through interactive case study exercises
- Earn a prestigious Vanderbilt Certificate
- Enjoy an immersive experience in Antigua, Guatemala, one of Central America’s most beautiful and historic cities
The program is designed for students seeking to:
- Gain an understanding of business concepts, entrepreneurship and consulting skills
- Explore careers in international business solving the world’s toughest challenges with sustainable business models
- Immerse themselves in international and cultural experiences, while gaining real world skills
- Gain early access to business classes (especially freshmen and sophomores from liberal arts colleges)
This is an open enrollment program that does not require an application or interview. Students registering for this course must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and submit a résumé. Students earn a certificate upon completion of the course. Registration now open!
If you would like to participate in this program but do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, please send an email to
The 2019 program fee is $3,995 and includes tuition, housing, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, group transportation, daily excursions and program materials. The fee does not include round-trip airfare.
REGISTER NOW for this year's program (December 15-21, 2019). Limited space available.
More information about lodging, transportation and flights can be found in the tabs below.
The group will stay at Good Hotel in Antigua, a beautiful converted mansion in the heart of the city that blends modern amenities with local flare. The Good Hotel is a social enterprise. Click here for more details about the hotel.
Transportation in Guatemala for group events will be provided.
Round-trip airfare is not included in the cost of tuition.
ARRIVAL: Guatemala City, located one hour from Antigua, is the main airport hub in Guatemala. Please arrive in Guatemala City in time to catch the group shuttle to Antigua at approximately 2:00PM local time on December 15th. If you need to arrive after 2:00PM, you must inform Accelerator staff in advance. American, Delta and United airlines are major U.S. carriers that provide service to Guatemala City.
DEPARTURE: Participants should book return airfare for the morning of Saturday, December 21, 2019
Global Immersion Overview
Take a quick look at what students will learn in Antigua, Guatemala.
Accelerator® Global Immersion is the newest offering in our ‘action learning’ portfolio designed for undergraduates. By partnering with Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Turner Family Center, students will engage with and learn from experts and thought leaders in entrepreneurship and social impact.
Greg HarveyDirector, Accelerator® Global Immersion