who should apply?
Educators, parents, high school upperclassmen, you name it. Although 90% of our previous mentors have been educators, our goal is to support incredible people in bringing an incredible opportunity to students, no matter what your job is.
i am a student. can i start a team?
We do accept juniors and seniors in high school to lead teams in some cases. However, you have to be willing to dedicate the time to serve the role of mentor as any other mentor would (attend summer training, lead meetings, help team fundraise) and need a stellar track record in leadership and invention.
If you would still like to start a team but are not ready to assume the responsibilities of a mentor, ask an adult (teacher, parent, engineer) to apply to be the team mentor instead! Share with them this website.
after applying, when will i hear back?
We’ll get in contact with you about 2-4 weeks after you apply with whether we would like to invite you to interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 2019, but the earlier you apply, the higher your chance of admission.
what’s your acceptance rate?
Last year’s acceptance rate was 36%.
is there a cost to becoming a Project Invent team?
There is a $500 cost to register your school. That includes a 4-day in-person training (in Pittsburgh or San Jose), monthly and on-demand advising, assistance to find a community partner, and the opportunity to present at Demo Day in Silicon Valley to top investors. We do expect you to cover travel costs for both the training and Demo Day with some scholarship available.
what are the trainings for?
The goals of the trainings are to build a national community of mentors and to highlight how to use the invention process to teach students to be confident changemakers. Community problem solving is a powerful way to teach students that they have the ability and responsibility to change the world. We will cover how real-world problem solving through inventing can be one of the most powerful ways to empower a new generation of fearless problem solvers. All four days will be very interactive and a great way to get to know your fellow mentors and experience the invention process yourself.
where are the trainings?
This summer, we have two 4-day trainings. You can either attend our training in Pittsburgh (East Coast) or San Jose (West Coast).
South Fayette High School
June 17-20, 2019
Tech Museum of San Jose (Bowers Institute)
July 8-11, 2019
San Jose, CA
are there any benefits to applying earlier?
Yes! The earlier you apply, the more likely it is for you to be accepted. Once we run out of team slots, we will close applications. That means that we may close applications earlier than April and you would be out of luck. Best bet is to apply as soon as you can!