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Program information and details.
TKS is the leading innovation program in Toronto for students age 13-17. During TKS, students are guided by world-class mentors and collaboratively explore cutting-edge topics, while developing the skillset required to create the future.
The program is modeled after curriculums from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT, and designed to replicate learning environments of companies like Google and Facebook. Participants will tackle interesting and complex problems with teams, while being exposed to the most salient topics of their generation. Throughout the program, TKS students will have access to exclusive conferences and events, internship opportunities, deliver presentations, engage in debates and discussions, and learn how to build real-world assets, including learning how to optimize their LinkedIn profiles, build 1-pagers and design slide decks.
McKinsey is supporting TKS by hosting the program at the new McKinsey Experience Studio in downtown Toronto. This is a state-of-the-art learning facility that exposes students to global standards of excellence, and inspires them to push their limits.
TKS mentors are globally recognized leaders in their fields from companies including Apple, Google, and McKinsey. Their purpose is to guide students as they explore complex problems, and push them to think beyond the conventional mindset.
Prepare for the future.
The TKS curriculum is focused on Innovation, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship to prepare students for where the world is heading in the next 5-10 years. By being exposed to these concepts early, students can discover their interests and passion, which will help determine their university and career path.
Solve important problems for real companies.
TKS partners with leading organizations and startups to run "challenges" that will expose students to the real-world problems they are facing. Students will pitch their recommendations to the organizations to provide insights on strategy and execution. As a result, TKS students will gain experience tackling real-world situations and a strong understanding of problems companies are facing today.
Rapidly build and design products.
Work with teams to identify a problem and build the solution. Hackathons combine strategy, design, and technology to materialize your ideas into the real world. Many hackathon projects have led to the formation of startup companies. In the past, students have developed mobile apps, virtual reality games, and websites...and it's all done in 3 hours!
Grow professionally and find your passion
TKS focuses on developing comprehensive skill sets that students can leverage in the real-world to accomplish their goals.
Successful executives have one things in common: they are great communicators. TKS students will develop their presentation skills, hone their written communication skills through slide decks and one-pagers, and become captivating speakers.
AT TKS, students explore problems that don't have solutions. The program is designed to purposely create an environment of debate and uncertainty. Students will develop the skill set to seek out and adapt to new information and 'figure it out'.
TKS helps students understand what they’re passionate about, so they can make better decisions with: university, field of study, and career path. The assets they create at TKS will differentiate them in their university applications, scholarships, and job interviews.
Network with leading organizations to identify internship opportunities and develop career experience early.
Meet like-minded individuals that you can partner with to build your next big venture, while extending your corporate network with TKS world-class mentors.
Exploring cutting-edge topics, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Genomics, will give students the insight and knowledge to lead the future. By starting early, TKS students can predict what's next, develop their expertise, and prepare to shape tomorrow's industries.
Program schedule, tuition, and application process.
TKS Toronto is a 12 week program, which runs from February to May 2017. The sessions are held on the weekend. During the program, students also have the opportunity to experience off-site tours at Toronto's leading companies, organizations, and startup incubators.
The core program is hosted at McKinsey & Co in downtown Toronto: 110 Charles St W.
Step 1: Submit your application
Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will be selected for an interview.
Step 3: Complete your interview with a program director.
The program directors will select 30 students to participate per cohort. Applicants will be selected on a rolling basis, so early applications have a higher chance of being accepted into the program.
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