Would You Drop Out for a Chance to Move Up?

By Chris Ariens Comment

CNBC is partnering with billionaire investor and Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel as he searches for the next Edison, Jobs or Zuckerberg.

In a two-part special, “20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow,” CNBC follows 20 young inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs as they vie for a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship. But there’s a catch, Just like Edison and Jobs and Zuckerberg, the Thiel Fellowship winner will need to walk away from college.

“The world’s hardest problems aren’t going to solve themselves. If you have a great idea, the right time to work on it isn’t four years off—it’s now,” said Thiel. “We’re looking forward to giving a new class of Thiel Fellows the time, mentorship, and support to bring their most innovative dreams to life.”

CNBC’s “20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow,” debuting August 13 at 10pmET, also features Silicon Valley stars Sean Parker and Elon Musk.