You are given $100,000 and two years to build the company of your dreams, receive the mentorship to keep you afloat, all in the location of your choosing. Sounds like a dream for most entrepreneurs. But there’s one tiny catch. You have to halt your college education for the duration and hit the ground ready to work on your startup. This is the premise behind the Thiel Fellowship, where twenty-two young entrepreneurial minds under the age of 20 are chosen to contribute the best that they can to the high tech community.
The “20 Under 20″ Thiel Fellowship, founded by Peter Thiel of PayPal, has included a familiar name in the ranks of their creative minds for 2013, Mark Daniel.
Co-founder of GoalHawk, Mark will be apart of the fellowship for two years to grow his new creation known as StatusHawk, a startup that hopes to allow companies to dive in and do what needs to get done and spend less time twiddling their thumbs trying to figure out what to do next. This is all done through an improved way of doing status reports.
Over the past two years, [Thiel Fellows] have launched more than thirty companies, and raised more than $34 million in outside funding, including venture investments, company sales, revenue, grants, sponsorships, and awards.
- The Thiel Fellowship
The 19-year old Babson College freshman was apart of Teens in Tech’s 2012 Incubator team, where he worked with Sumukh Sridhara to provide a new way to approach reaching goals by crowdsourcing encouragement from friends and family. Goalhawk was even covered by TechCrunch August of last year, providing even more buzz for the startup.
The Teens in Tech team would like to congratulate Mark Daniel on this accomplishment, as well as the 21 other hard-working recipients of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, including:
Andrew Brackin (18, London, United Kingdom)
Austin Russell (18, Newport Beach, CA)
Christopher Walker (20, Chevy Chase, MD)
Daniel Zulla (19, Regensburg, Germany)
Darren Lim (19, Singapore)
Delian Asparaouhov (19, Salt Lake City, UT)
Diwank Singh Tomer (19, Palo Alto, CA)
Gary Le (19, East Brunswick, NH)
James Schuler (19, Armonk, NY)
Kevin Wang (18, Vernon Hills, IL)
Laura Ball (19, Wauwatosa, WI)
Maddy Maxey (20, San Diego, CA)
Nelson Zhang (19, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Nick Liow (18, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Riley Drake (18, Baltimore, MD)
Riley Ennis (19, McLean, VA)
Ritesh Agarwal (19, New Delhi, India)
Thomas Sohmers (17, Hudson, MA)
William LeGate (18, Marietta, GA)
Xinyi Chen (19, Beijing, China)
Zach Hamed (20, Holbrook, NY)