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Application Deadline: August 27, 2017

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TKS Toronto

Program information and details.

TKS is the leading innovation program in North America 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.

Overview

The program is 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 build their professional portfolio, including their LinkedIn profiles, 1-pagers and slide decks.

TKS Alumni

Natalie Duarte

Natalie talks about her research in aging and longevity. She's 14 years old and has become an expert in the industry by connecting with leaders across the world.

Jay Parthasarathy

Jay was exposed to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics during TKS, and is now using his knowledge in those areas to disrupt the agriculture industry.


Topics

Prepare for the future.


Challenges

Solve important problems for real companies.

TKS partners with leading organizations and startups to run "challenges" that expose students to real-world problems they are facing. Students pitch their recommendations to the organizations and provide insights on strategy and execution. As a result, TKS students gain experience tackling real-world situations and a strong understanding of problems companies are facing today.


Hackathons

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 designed mobile apps, virtual reality games, and websites...and it's all done in 3 hours!


Benefits

Perks of being part of TKS.

During TKS, students have access to special perks and benefits to help them as they explore the future and develop a career and academic strategy for themselves.

  • University Partnerships

    TKS is building university partnerships that will provide various incentives to our participants. We are working with these institutions to formally recognize TKS as a credential to provide early acceptance, special consideration when applying, access to facilities, and scholarships.

  • Internship Opportunities

    We have built and are continuing to build relationships with companies who understand that TKS participants are vetted and trained. Partner companies are more willing to provide internships because TKS students have proven to add real value during a short period of time. Through internships, TKS students are able to gain relevant real-world experience and practice tangible skills far earlier in their lives.

  • World-Class Learning Space

    TKS has engaged some of the best designers globally to completely rethink the environment where young people learn. We have seen first hand how important the learning environment is to development, which is why TKS has invested an exceptional amount of resources to create a world-class physical learning space for our students.

  • Access to Premium Resources

    At TKS you will be given access to best-practice presentations, communication tools, websites, filming equipment (for live presentations), Harvard case studies and more to help showcase your skills and knowledge as a result of the program. Use these resources to develop your professional portfolio, which you will use for university and interviews.

  • Top-Tier Mentors

    TKS has built relationships with mentors from Google, Apple, Tesla, Facebook, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Harvard, and Stanford to name a few. We also train our participants to cultivate meaningful relationships with relevant mentors outside our network that can last a lifetime.

  • Exclusive Events

    TKS has access to high-profile events where there are rarely any students in attendance. For example, 10 TKS participants were awarded the opportunity to attend C2 ($3,000 value), one of the world's most prestigious conferences where they met Steve Wozniack, Randi Zuckerberg, and more! Other events include: The National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC), Google Go North, and CDL Machine Learning Conference.

  • Like-Minded People

    We spend over 100 hours selecting applicants who are the right fit for the program. You will be able to learn something from everyone else in the room and will have the opportunity to build life-long friendships with ambitious like-minded individuals who share your desire to change the world.

  • Online Community

    Building a strong community around innovation is important for collaboration and consistency. TKS has created an online community where participants can stay connected, learn, and keep track of their progress throughout the week outside TKS sessions. If you miss a session, you will still be plugged in and can access the content provided.


Program Outcomes

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.

  • Develop Real-World Skills

    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.

  • Learn How To Learn

    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'.

  • Make Informed University/Career Decisions

    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.

  • Exposure To Internship Opportunities

    Network with leading organizations to identify internship opportunities and develop career experience early.

  • Build Your Professional Network

    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.

  • Think Ahead

    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.


Logistics

Program schedule, cost, and application process.

TKS Toronto is a 10 month program, which runs from October 2017 to July 2018. The sessions are held in-person once/week either on the weekend or after school depending on your cohort, and are engaged remotely throughout the week in our online community. During the program, students also have the opportunity to experience off-site tours at Toronto's leading companies, organizations, and startup incubators.

Location

The core program is hosted at the newly constructed TKS Flagship Centre in downtown Toronto:
622 Richmond St West (Bathurst and Richmond).

Cost

The cost for the full year program is $650/month for 10 months. This is equal to $6,500 total.

Financial Aid

Accessibility is a high priority for us. If you require financial assistance, contact us to request our financial aid package. We work very closely with families on an individual basis to remove financial barriers for ambitious and driven students.

*IMPORTANT: If you don't think you can afford the program, please still apply. If you are selected, we will figure out a way to make sure you can participate.

Application Process

Step 1: Submit your application, click here to apply.

Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will be selected for a 1-on-1 interview.

Step 3: After your 1-on-1 interview, you may be invited to a group interview.

Acceptance and Deadline

The program directors will select 40 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. Deadline to apply for the first round of interviews is August 15, 2017.

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