Meet the two dozen young entrepreneurs named May 25 to the 20 Under 20 Fellowship, a philanthropic grant announced in September by Facebook investor and board member Peter Thiel. His Thiel Foundation intends to spur the creation of innovative startups through a controversial means: encouraging young people to explore alternatives to a college education.

Every recipient was younger than 20 years old at the end of 2010. All will receive $100,000 and mentoring on the condition that they stay out of school for two years to build their businesses. The foundation said it expanded the list to 24 because it was "impossible to pick only 20" from among the pool of more than 400 applicants.
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Meet the two dozen young entrepreneurs named May 25 to the 20 Under 20 Fellowship, a philanthropic grant announced in September by Facebook investor and board member Peter Thiel. His Thiel Foundation intends to spur the creation of innovative startups through a controversial means: encouraging young people to explore alternatives to a college education.

Every recipient was younger than 20 years old at the end of 2010. All will receive $100,000 and mentoring on the condition that they stay out of school for two years to build their businesses. The foundation said it expanded the list to 24 because it was "impossible to pick only 20" from among the pool of more than 400 applicants.
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Facebook Funder Thiel Picks Tomorrow's Innovators

20 Under 20 Fellowship Winners
20 Under 20 Fellowship Winners
Meet the two dozen young entrepreneurs named May 25 to the 20 Under 20 Fellowship, a philanthropic grant announced in September by Facebook investor and board member Peter Thiel. His Thiel Foundation intends to spur the creation of innovative startups through a controversial means: encouraging young people to explore alternatives to a college education.

Every recipient was younger than 20 years old at the end of 2010. All will receive $100,000 and mentoring on the condition that they stay out of school for two years to build their businesses. The foundation said it expanded the list to 24 because it was "impossible to pick only 20" from among the pool of more than 400 applicants.
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Laura Deming
Laura Deming
Age: 17

Deming, who enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at age 14, is working on ways to change traditional funding structures to encourage researchers to take on long-term problems instead of quick projects aimed at pleasing grant-making bodies.
Alexander Kiselev
Alexander Kiselev
Age: 19

An immigrant from Moscow, Kiselev wants to make experimentation cheaper by creating affordable scientific instruments, such as a low-priced tool to helps biochemists analyze a sample.
Darren Zhu
Darren Zhu
Age: 19

Zhu, currently a student at Yale, plans to create a diagnostic biosensor that will make synthetic biology easier to engineer.
Daniel Friedman, Paul Gu, and Eric McKay
Daniel Friedman, Paul Gu, and Eric McKay
Ages: 19, 20 and 20

The trio is working on a more efficient recruiting process driven by a peer-based evaluation system.
Dale Stephens
Dale Stephens
Ages: 19

Stephens plans to build a platform that will revolutionize how talent is developed and demonstrated.
Jeffrey Lim
Jeffrey Lim
Age: 20

Currently a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lim plans to create systems that help people self-organize to solve social problems.

Faheem Zaman
Faheem Zaman
Age: 18

Zaman wants to decentralize banking in the developing world with a mobile payment system that would help bring prosperity to areas such as South Asia, where many must hoard and protect cash.
Nick Cammarata and David Merfield
Nick Cammarata and David Merfield
<strong>Ages:</strong> 18 and 17<br> <br> This duo wants to change the traditional classroom experience, moving lectures to online platforms and promoting one-on-one tutoring during time spent in class.<br>
Andrew Hsu
Andrew Hsu
Age: 20

Hsu was a 19-year-old fourth-year PhD candidate at Stanford University when he left earlier this year to pursue his startup, Airy Labs, which creates social learning games for kids.
John Marbach
John Marbach
Age: 18

Marbach, who founded a vacation-rental portal as a high school freshman, is using his startup, Ingenic, to combine Web-based videos and mobile apps to modernize the classroom learning experience.
Tom Currier
Tom Currier
Age: 19

Currier has a passion for entrepreneurship, cost reduction, and renewable energy and is now focusing on the solar industry.
Jim Danielson
Jim Danielson
Age: 20

Danielson is working on a more powerful and efficient motor for electric vehicles and is co-launching Makt Systems, a startup to commercialize his research and design.
Eden Full
Eden Full
Age: 19

Founder of solar energy startup Roseicollis Technologies, Full has invented a system that makes it easier to collect energy and provide power to villages in Kenya.
Sujay Tyle
Sujay Tyle
<strong>Age:</strong> 17<br> <br> One of the youngest students at Harvard College, Tyle is researching ways to use cellulose to create cheap biofuels.<br>
James Proud
James Proud
Age: 19

Proud, who taught himself programming at age 9, founded GigLocater.com, a startup that aims to help music lovers find live shows.
Christopher Rueth
Christopher Rueth
Age: 17

Rueth, who wants to ensure that access to Internet information is a basic right for all, created a website in high school that let students bypass administrators' attempts to restrict students' access to certain sites.
Ben Yu
Ben Yu
Age: 19

Yu wants to start an e-commerce company that will modernize price comparison on the Web. He was formerly a student at Harvard College.
Sebastien Zany
Sebastien Zany
Age: 20

Zany is researching ways that the Internet and computers can help people work with information more fluidly and creatively, especially on mobile devices.
Gary Kurek
Gary Kurek
Age: 19

Kurek has been developing mobility aids for the physically disabled for the past four years. He is currently working on expanding their versatility, making them lighter, foldable, and capable of navigating any home environment, including stairs.
David Luan
David Luan
Age: 19

A student at Yale University, Luan has been involved in robotics research for five years. He wants to create home robots that can handle an array of cognitive and physical tasks.
John Burnham
John Burnham
Age: 18

Burnham plans to develop technologies to enable the extraction of minerals from asteroids, comets, and other planetary bodies to further space colonization.