Akimbo Emerging Leaders

A 5-day online program for college students who are looking to lead in the future of work.



Are you ready to lead?

For the longest time, school has been organized around subjects instead of skills. We go to math class to learn to pass a test about binomials. But, in reality, most of us won’t use binomials later in life. What we actually learn in math class is problem-solving—a skill that is very important later in life.

At Akimbo, we believe education is different than learning. Education is mandatory. Learning is something you choose to do.

The Emerging Leaders Program is for college students who are looking to learn real skills. The ones that will set them apart when they apply for jobs and lead in the future of work.

This program is fast-paced. It’s only five days. We’ll learn together and ship projects quickly and see things differently by the end. There’s no rubric for how to do the projects, because at Akimbo, we know that there’s not one right way.

You’ll work way harder than you expected, and meet people who are on the same journey.

You will be challenged to think differently and produce your best work. You will finish with a new-found clarity about what’s next for you. You will likely learn more in these five days than you will all summer.

This workshop isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who are really excited to learn and put in the time and effort to grow.

A way to grow in a time of uncertainty

The world is topsy turvy right now. Your expectations for what’s next have definitely changed. Many college students are displaced at home, learning virtually, and are uncertain if their summer plans for a job or internship are still a possibility.

In a time where learning online has become more normal than ever before and priorities have shifted, Akimbo is launching this full-scholarship, free program for a group of students who are looking to level up this summer and learn the real skills needed for when they join the working world.

As the world changes, we’re going to be looking for leaders. People who can see possibilities. If you want to lean into that possibility, connect with the others, and become a leader, this might be for you.

Details & Dates

Program dates: Monday, June 1st - Friday, June 5th, 2020
Last day to apply: Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Finalists contacted via email: Monday, May 11th, 2020
Final decisions released via email: Friday, May 15th, 2020
Cost: Full scholarship, no charge. Application only. Limited spots.

The group will meet online virtually through Zoom video chat starting at 10am ET each day of the program.

The program includes a few hours a day of group conversation led by our remarkable Akimbo coaches, and then a full day of group work done with your team via video chat.

You’ll need to be all in, with no other plans for the entire week. We don’t have an end time for the program each day because you and your group get to create your schedule and decide what you want to achieve before each day’s project is due at midnight ET.

Best-selling author and founder of Akimbo, Seth Godin, will join the cohort for a special discussion on Friday, the final day of the program.

All that’s required is a laptop and access to the internet: The program is underwritten by Akimbo. There are no tuition fees or other costs associated with the program.

Application details

Our goal isn’t to have as many students as possible, but instead to focus on having a cohort of students who are excited to participate, find a path forward, and make change happen. Spots are limited.

We will let you know via email by May 11th, 2020 if you’ve been selected as a finalist. Finalists will be invited to join a video call in mid-May. After the call, we will notify those who have been accepted into the program by Friday, May 15th, 2020.

What you'll take away

  • Tools for how to lead and stand out as you enter the ever-changing working world
  • A new understanding for what it means to grow, learn, and work hard
  • Clarity of the work that matters to you and your path forward
  • Access to a community of 20,000+ people like you who seek to grow and lead through Forward Link, our online Akimbo alumni community
  • A new experience to stand out on your resume and a digital certificate

We can’t reveal too much about the projects, but that they are on important topics like leadership, decision-making and risk-taking.

There is no rubric for how to do the projects, because at Akimbo, we believe there’s not one right way.

You won’t get a grade at the end of the week, but we challenge you to act “as if”. What will you create in a setting where there’s no rubric, no way to get an A, and plenty of time?

From the creators of Akimbo

You may have heard about the altMBA, The Marketing Seminar and the other powerful workshops we run. After engaging with more than 20,000 students around the world, we have seen that people are hungry for this sort of change. Eager for a chance to make a difference, to see and to be seen.

If you have any questions, please reach out to hello@akimbo.com.