In April I wrote the blogposts “Educating entreprenurs” and “Educating our future innovators“. In the latter, I said ” Education and innovation rarely go hand in hand. In fact, the educational industry is generally considered to be low and slow when it comes to innovation. Young people “learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it”.
Now, Sillicon Valley investor and startup guru Peter Theil is taking these ideas several steps further with the Theil Fellowship. This is one of the most disruptive, radical ideas to hit education and innovation.
Two Years. $100,000.
Some Ideas Just Can’t Wait.
The Thiel Fellowship is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious ideas and projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. They are mentored by our network of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.
“Every tech story is different. Every moment in history happens only once. All successful companies are successful in their own unique way. It’s your task to figure out what that future history will be.” – Peter Thiel