One thing we always try to do at Teens in Tech Labs is be ambitious. We believe what we’re working on has big potential. In January, we announced our most ambitious project — the Teens in Tech Incubator. Just a quick overview – the Teens in Tech Incubator is an eight-week program held in Mountain View, California at Appcelerator’s office where five teams that we select are picked to build and launch their product over the course of the summer. When we first announced the program, we knew what we wanted to achieve, but didn’t exactly know to the specifics of how we would achieve it. Fast forward four months, and here we are.
We have selected five teams that we’re truly excited about. But we don’t want to stop there. We’re able to do what we do because of the community, so when the community speaks, we listen. A few things that we’ve heard is that barrier to entry was too high. And to be frank, it was. We’ve since changed that.
When we announced the program, we wanted to have actual teams in the program, but we realized that we needed people – not teams to make this program successful. Starting today, if you’re a solo founder, and just want to build something over the summer, and have a great time learning and doing it, we encourage you to reconsider applying to the Incubator. We’ve added the option to choose whether you’re applying as an individual or as a team. The questions will differ based on which option you selected.
But that’s just the start.
We want to open the program as much as we can to the community. We have fantastic mentors — over 50 of them now — and we want to be able to provide help to as many entrepreneurs as possible. So, once the summer starts, we’ll be posting videos/slides of presentations that our mentors and guest speakers give online over at Udemy. You’ll be able to subscribe to these talks, and we’ll be putting up at least one a week.
We’re also going to hold more monthly events. The conference only happens twice a year (and we have some BIG news coming about our next conference), and we want to be able to bring the gap between the two conferences down by doing monthly events. We’ll start in the Bay Area, and eventually move to other cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, and other awesome cities. This of course is part of a long-term plan, so if we’re not in your city in the next few months, don’t worry … we’re on our way!
This is just the start. And we wouldn’t be able to do all these things without you, the community, supporting us. So with that being said, we hope to see everyone soon!
Founder & CEO
Teens in Tech Labs, LLC