Thiel Foundation Summit

Thiel Foundation Summit

About the Thiel Foundation Summit

The Thiel Foundation has found that there are many young promising candidates and the Under 20 Summit is our way of fostering community and helping to move your visionary ideas forward with peer support, mentorship, and office hours.

Twice per year, we invite young visionaries to join us for a weekend-long event called an Under 20 Summit. During the summit, attendees have the opportunity to connect with one another, hear from other young visionaries, schedule office hours with Thiel Fellowship mentors, and collaborate on projects. The next Under 20 Summit will be held in June (in San Francisco) of 2014. If you are interested in participating in the next summit, please apply to the fellowship (all second round applicants receive an invitation to the summit) or apply online by clicking here. To attend you must be 23 or younger and are working on a project to better the world.

Under 20 Meetups

To keep dialogue going between the summits and allow for other young visionaries to connect, some Under 20 Summit attendees host “Under 20 Meetups” in their cities. Under 20 Meetups are casual events that typically include a short speaker or program of some type, time for attendees to connect with mentors or advisors, and the opportunity for young visionaries to build community with other like-minded young people in their own city. Currently, Under 20 Meetups are taking place in the following cities:

  • New York, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Toronto, Ontario

For more information on hosting or attending an Under 20 Meetup, please contact Nick Arnett.


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“If there's one thing to take away from last weekend's Under 20 Summit, it's that incredible things can quite certainly be done.”
— BEN SHIMA, Skeptical Empiricism


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