Who is TEC designed for?
We are looking for capable and hardworking students with a passion for technology and entrepreneurship. Students with any major and/or educational interest are encouraged to apply. Over the past few years, we have been moving closer to 50-50 gender parity in our classes and hope to hit that mark in 2017. Trans women, genderqueer, cisgender and non-binary applicants are welcome.
TEC accepts undergraduates who are about to begin their junior or senior years of study. Unfortunately, we do not accept applications from high school or graduate students. Since 2009, Fellows have come from schools all over the United States, as well as Ireland and Hong Kong.
You don't need to have your own startup idea to become a TEC Fellow; we are not an accelerator or an incubator, and our hope is to provide students unique and unparalleled visibility into the worlds of entrepreneurship and venture capital. Maybe you'll start a company someday, or maybe you won't. TEC gives you the perspective and connections necessary to contribute to a startup, whether you want to create one of your own or join someone else's.
When and where does TEC take place?
TEC 2017 will run for 10 weeks from early June to early August. All Fellows are paired with companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be expected to live and work in or near San Francisco. If you’re looking to spend your summer in New York, we’d recommend the awesome program run by our friends at HackNY.
How many TEC Fellows will you accept?
We expect to have 12 TEC Fellows in 2017. While we could fill many more slots with qualified students and have much more demand for help from our portfolio companies, our experience has taught us that some things don’t scale well, and TEC is one of them. We want to create an environment that gives you close and intimate access to speakers, the True Founder community, the True team and to one another. The size of the class is in fact one of TEC’s strongest assets, as it will allow you to sit around a single table, to move nimbly as a group around the city, and to create the foundation for lifelong friendships.
How do I become a TEC Fellow?
Please visit our Application Page, where you can find all instructions and application materials for the summer of 2017. If you have questions or comments about the program, contact us at tec [at] trueventures [dot] com.