True Entrepreneur Corps
You don’t need to have your own startup idea to become a TEC fellow. We are not an accelerator or an incubator. Rather, 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.
Who is TEC designed for?
We are looking for capable, hardworking students with a passion for technology and entrepreneurship. Students with any major and educational interest are encouraged to apply. 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. Graduate students and graduate-age professionals are encouraged to learn about our Priya Haji Fellowship and True Spark Fellowship.
True fellows are from schools across the United States, as well as Ireland and Hong Kong. Over the past few years, we have achieved near gender parity in our classes and expect to hit that mark annually. Trans-women, genderqueer, cisgender, and non-binary applicants are welcome.
When and where does TEC take place?
TEC runs 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 host 12-15 TEC fellows annually. While we could fill many more slots with qualified students and have much more demand for help from True 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?
Check back here in October 2019 for more information on our Summer 2020 TEC Fellowship. If you have questions or comments about the program, contact us at tec [at] trueventures [dot] com.