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20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow

About the Show

The Next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg?
Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel is searching for tomorrow's tech visionaries -- and only 20 will make the final cut. CNBC's "20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow" follows these brilliant young men and women as they take on the challenge of a lifetime.

Silicon Valley visionary Peter Thiel was one of the first investors in Facebook. He has backed many of today's hottest tech companies. And now he's searching for the next generation of entrepreneurs – in an electrifying competition unlike anything seen before.

20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow captures every step of this amazing journey, telling the stories of the extraordinary young men and women each vying for a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship. Brilliant innovators who are barely out of high school, these budding entrepreneurs have very big ideas — and if they win, Thiel will give them the money and the mentors they need to make their dreams a reality. But there's a catch: to walk away with a Fellowship, they need to walk away from college.

It's a decision that will change their lives...and maybe even the world.

20 Under 20 Extras

  • A Mother’s Take on the Thiel Fellowship Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 2:19 PM ET
    Thiel Fellow Dale Stephens pictured with his mother LisaNalbone during a family vacation to Alaska.

    Lisa Nalbone reflects on her visit to the Thiel Fellows Retreat and on the messages and mindset the fellowship conveyed to their aspiring entrepreneurs.

  • Raising A Visionary: Christopher Olah Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
    Frances Zomer, mother of Thiel Fellow Chris Olah.

    Frances Zomer reflects on how her son dealt with adversity before winning a $100,000 fellowship.

  • Excellence Requires No Degree: Thiel Foundation Member Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 11:32 AM ET

    Many people assume that a college education is the only path to a happy, successful, intellectually stimulating, fulfilling life, but the Thiel Foundation takes a different view.

  • A Choice Between School and Silicon Valley     Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Harvard student Connor Zwick thinks he can build the ultimate online educational tool. If he wins a Thiel Fellowship, he'll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make that dream a reality. But should he really leave the Ivy League to launch a start-up?

  • 2 Minutes That Could Change the World     Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    On the most critical day of the competition, the finalists must pitch an elite audience of Silicon Valley innovators -- and they've only got 2 minutes to make their case. In the end, only 20 of them will win a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship.

  • Tony & Anand's Moment of Truth     Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Thiel Fellowship finalists Tony and Anand think they've found a way to help doctors catch cancer before it's too late. But can they convince Silicon Valley?

5 Minutes with a Visionary

  • 5 Minutes With a Visionary: Ian Waitz Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 11:48 AM ET
    Dean Ian Waitz

    Ian Waitz, MIT's dean of the engineering school, speaks with CNBC about being at the forefront of education and research and some of the major challenges facing today's innovators.

  • 5 Minutes With a Visionary: Ryan Howard Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 3:39 PM ET
    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard founded Practice Fusion, a free, web-based electronic health record company and one of the fastest-growing in the nation. He spoke with CNBC about how his business first took off and about two other big innovative players out there today.

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