2 Canadian teens among 2013 class of "20 Under 20" Thiel Fellows

May 21, 2013

The Thiel Foundation recently announced the third cohort of young entrepreneurs to be awarded "20 Under 20" Thiel Fellowships. Co-created by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, the program awards recipients $100,000 over 2 years to skip higher education and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. 2 Canadian teenagers are among this year's group of Thiel Fellows. 19-year-old Nelson Zhang of Toronto is working on a desktop fabricator for electronics, aimed at lowering iteration time and costs for hardware companies. Zhang hopes to make the design and production of physical things accessible to everyone. 18-year-old Nick Liow of Vancouver is challenging copyright by developing ways for creators to get paid for giving their work to the public domain. Thiel Foundation News Release | Toronto Star | Vancouver Sun