What is TEC?
Since 2009, the True Entrepreneur Corps (TEC) program has been bringing undergraduates from across the country to the San Francisco Bay area to spend the summer with our portfolio companies and learn firsthand what it’s like to work at a startup. For students interested in technology and startups, becoming a TEC Fellow can truly be a life changing experience.
Don’t just take our word for it. For a firsthand account of the TEC experience, check out the TEC Program Blog to see what previous TEC Fellows had to say about their summers.
In addition to working for one of our portfolio companies, TEC Fellows participate in a weekly speaker and workshop series at the True office in San Francisco. Small discussions with company founders, investors, and others from the True network give Fellows the chance to meet and learn from many of today’s brightest and most accomplished minds in technology.
In addition to providing full immersion in the startup and entrepreneurial process, TEC is designed to provide a great foundation for your future. The short-term benefits are clear: since 2009, nearly 20 TEC Fellows have continued to work with their respective companies after the program’s conclusion. Alumni have also gone on to hold full-time positions in other portfolio companies or at True. Over the long term, we are confident that what you learn during TEC and the relationships you build with the people you meet will pay dividends for many years to come.
Who is TEC designed for?
We are looking for smart 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 2015.
TEC accepts undergraduates who are about to begin their junior or senior years of study. Unfortunately, we do not accept applications from graduate students. Past Fellows have come from schools including Boston College, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Northwestern, Yale, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Berkeley, Babson, University of Chicago, and Brown.
When and where does TEC take place?
TEC 2015 will run ten 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 2015. 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 2015.
If you have questions or comments about the program, please contact us at TEC [at] trueventures [dot] com.