The Basics.

Students are placed in a cohort of 30-40 people. Each cohort meets every weekend for 10 months (September – June). You will choose your specific date and time after you’re accepted into the program.

To join TKS, you must be accepted. There is a written application and group interview process. We look for students that want to make an impact, are curious to learn about emerging technologies, and want to solve big problems. No prior experience or knowledge is required.

We’ve hired a world class team to deliver an incredible program experience for students. The fees largely contribute to the salaries of directors and staff at TKS. The fee for the in-person program is $589/month (+ deposit). We offer tuition support to students who need it. Click here to learn more about our tuition support.

TKS Innovate is designed for high school students ages 13-17 years old in Ottawa and the surrounding area. We make exceptions for students taking gap years, to allow 18 year olds to join.

Join a Global Community 🌎

In addition to their Ottawa cohort, students join a global community of like-minded young people where they can meet their best friends and future co-founders among 2000 students and alumni from 20 countries.

TKS facilitates friendships and relationships through our group challenges, community events, and our emphasis on setting up "Brain Dates" with other participants.

Work with real companies 💼

During TKS, you will work on problems that companies haven’t solved yet. We call these Challenges. Challenges happen in Spring, and students have the choice of three companies to work with.

We believe the best way to learn is by doing, and if you want to learn how to solve big problems, then might as well get started now!

Build Projects with Technology 🤖

TKS Innovators learn about how emerging technologies are disrupting our world. Students learn about 40+ emerging technologies on our online platform. In our sessions, we go deeper into these technologies, both the ethical and legal implications, and students build projects that solve problems with these technologies.

Learn from world-class Mentors 🦄

TKS Directors are here to support our students in discovering their interests and build meaningful projects. TKS Directors give students the motivation and know-how to make things happen.

TKS students also get access to a network of senior leaders from the largest startups and the world’s biggest corporations to help with their technical projects.

Build real-world skills 🚀

TKS Innovators develop real-world skills through project-based learning that will help them excel in professional and academic trajectories.

Some skills TKS Innovators develop during the program are experimentation and research, writing articles and newsletters, presenting, data analysis, video editing, networking, collaboration, critical thinking, leadership and project management.

Mindset training 🧠

“The mind is everything; what you think you become” – Socrates.

In TKS, you will build a strong foundational mindset that will help you throughout your life.

TKS introduces and helps Innovators actively train mindsets like Thinking 10x, Antifragility, Stoicism, Boss Mentality, Gratitude and Growth Mindset.

Ottawa students ♥️ TKS.

TKS Innovators from Ottawa join us from a variety of high schools and student organizations. Read real student reviews from TKS students in Ottawa below.

Here are a few examples of what you'll talk about:

📅 September: Kickoff

    • Introduction to TKS and how the program works.
    • Build relationships and meet the cohorts.
    • Understand the TKS mindset.

Success in TKS

      • Solving real-world problems.
      • Understand the implications of business decisions.
      • Feedback on recommendations. 
      • Skill: MECE + Financial Analysis 
      • Mindset: Be Intentional.

The next big thing

      • Predict the future.
      • Skill: Presentations Decks.
      • Mindset: High Standards.

📅 October: Artificial intelligence

      • Understand the implications of AI in various industries.
      • Skill: Content Creation.
      • Mindset: Curiosity.

Blockchain and crypto

      • Understand how blockchain can be used to solve global problems.
      • Skill: Applying technology to solve problems.
      • Mindset: Bias Towards Action.

Life and success

      • Be thoughtful about what success means to you.
      • Explore the optimal paths to pursue to reach your goals.
      • Skills: Goal setting.
      • Mindset: Courage.

Human longevity

      • Understanding how to increase our lifespan.
      • Debate the implications of extending human life.
      • Skills: How to have good conversations.
      • Mindset: Appreciation.

📅 November: Brain-computer interfaces

      • Explore the philosophical and ethical implications of BCIs.
      • Skills: How to learn quickly.
      • Mindset: Boss Mentality.


      • Solve a big problem using knowledge from the explore topics.
      • Skills: Ideation + Brainstorming.
      • Mindset: Done > Perfect
      • All-cohort session.

Extended time.

An In-Person Space to Grow, Build, and Hack

Excitement to finally build face-to-face communities is building. With the Reopening Ontario Plan we are optimistic that we will be fully back in-person by September this year. Impact Hub hosted TKS Ottawa Innovators for in-person sessions in 2022/2023. Programs will take place in-person if it is safe to do so, and if local schools and districts are also operating in-person.


During the week, this space is used by Ottawa’s startup community as a co-working space.


📍 123 Slater St. 6th & 7th Floor, Ottawa

“We do so many different things in sessions, ranging from global sessions, hackathons, challenges with real companies, science and technology and life discussions.”   Naila

Meet A Student

United Nations

This year, our Innovate students are working with the United Nations where students are working in teams to research and develop solutions to empower women and girls in developing countries to thrive in the digital economy.


TKS Activators (second-year students) helped XPRIZE figure out how to get 1000 teams to submit proposals to Elon Musk’s carbon capture prize. TKS innovators had to figure out not only how to improve the quantity of submissions, but also the quality of submissions.


Instacart tasked TKS Toronto students with the following problem: how do we improve the shopping experience for Instacart customers? The Instacart Challenge winners will have the opportunity to work with Instacart this summer to implement their ideas.


LEGO needs to consistently and effectively engage with teens – a key demographic for achieving their mission to inspire the builders of tomorrow. Traditionally outside of their target market, LEGO must think outside of the box in order to get teens to interact with their brand. TKS innovators were the perfect people to solve this challenge.

“Received a random email from a group of 15-16 year girls from The Knowledge Society who sent me a slick, professional slide deck w/concrete AI/tech-based suggestions on scaling women entrepreneurship. Better than most top-tier consultants. Seriously need to rethink our youth engagement strategy.”   Jamshed Kazi UN Women, Representative-Indonesia

“I met some TKS students at the Collision conference, and it was ridiculous how smart they were. I had a conversation on particle physics with a 13-year-old, it didn’t seem unusual at the time – those kids are amazing.”

Tobi Lutke
Founder and CEO of Shopify


Global companies and top startups choose to partner with TKS to hire for internships and full time roles.

Guest Speakers and Conferences

TKS students regularly get to attend exclusive speaker events and conferences.

Kevin Peesker President of Microsoft Canada   “Students from TKS were operating with a different set of constructs than what we see from normal students. Engaging with students who had built a level of knowledge that I would equate to university graduates – to see that in action, it’s hard not to walk away and think, ‘Wow!’”

Join TKS Activate

Activate is TKS' optional second year program that goes deeper into the foundational skillsets, mindsets and knowledge developed in TKS' Innovate program. Students put the technologies they learned in the Innovate program to use to tackle the world's biggest problems, including medical errors, poverty, climate change and more. They also work to understand how the world works, through PIE challenge, root cause analysis, so they can build projects to implement and start making impact.

This program is offered to TKS Students who have completed one year of the program and is by invitation only.

Enroll in University

TKS alumni from Ottawa often choose to attend University upon graduating from high school. 90% of our students choose to enroll in STEM degrees following the program.

TKS Students from Ottawa have been accepted into prestigious programs such as Harvard University's Computer Science Program, University of Toronto's biomedical program, and alternative programs such as Shopify's Dev degree.
Globally, our students have also been accepted, and in many cases received full or partial scholarships to University of Pennsylvannia, Stanford University, John Hopkins and more.

TKS also is a nominating partner for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, a four-year undergraduate merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chape Hill. The scholarship fully covers tuitoin, books, room and board, as well as four summers of travel and experiential learning.

Start or join a company

TKS alumni from Ottawa have delved into entrepreneurship.
Jelena and Michael met at TKS and co-founded RIPTK, a 5G wireless charging company.‍ They are currently seeking funding and have a functional prototype.

Other TKS Alumni from Ottawa have elected to take a gap year and begin working. Dickson Wu spent the summer interning at Hyperloop and is now a Machine Learning Engineer at Rapyuta Rotics in Tokyo.

Monthly Payment

**Discount if paid in full

$589 CAD / Month (10 Months)
+ $1,000 Deposit

We are committed to making our innovative education affordable to curious and ambitious young people, regardless of their financial situation.

50% of our students receive financial aid

Up to 100% of tuition costs covered

Our application process is needs-blind. Requesting Financial Aid will not affect your admittance into TKS.
 We will work with you individually if you're accepted into the program to ensure the program is accessible and affordable for your family.

Financial Aid

If more than 70% of the in-person sessions are held virtually.

We will reduce the in-person tuition price to match the virtual tuition price. The refund of the difference between the in-person and virtual tuition will be provided in June 2022.

Tuition and Fees

We believe that personal finances should not stop ambitious students from joining TKS. Accepted students can apply for tuition support once they’re accepted into the program. In the past, our needs-based scholarships have covered 20% – 90% of students’ tuition. Learn more about Tuition Support

Virtual Program (Sept-June): $439/month + deposit In-Person Program (Sept-June): $589/month + deposit We offer tuition support for those who need it, and discounted pricing for students who pay in a single payment.

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We understand the risks of COVID-19. As an organization, we have taken the precautions that governments and authorities are advising to reduce the spread of the virus.  We are planning to have in-person city programs operating in September 2021. We will also offer the ability to attend any session virtually for students registered in a city program. This option is for those who might be uncomfortable attending in-person programs for a period of time. In the event of regional lockdowns, we will host sessions online. We’ve worked hard this year to optimize our online delivery of sessions using our innovative platforms as well as new learning techniques to minimize screen time and maximize team building. If more than 70% of the in-person sessions are held virtually, we will reduce the in-person tuition price to match our virtual tuition price. The refund of the difference between the in-person and virtual tuition will be provided in June 2022. We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”). From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here are some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we will deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives. Our full COVID-19 policies and procedures are available here.

No, you do not require any prior knowledge about technologies or coding. Many of our students get exposed to these areas for the first time in TKS. Students work on tech or science projects outside of sessions. We have online tools and resources to help anyone learn — no matter the level.

TKS is a 10-month program (Sept-June). Students can re-apply for the program each year. Many students stay in the program for several years.

There are 3-hour sessions every week. Usually, these sessions are on the weekend. The students who grow the most in our program invest the most time outside of the sessions into the projects they create while in TKS. Typically, this is usually 6-10 hours each week. There’s no homework in TKS. But, we’ve built our own learning platform for students to dive into emerging technologies/sciences and build their own projects. Students participate in project-based learning at their own pace.

TKS isn’t just about STEM; our goal is to train the world’s next thought leaders, CEOs and innovators to impact billions. This isn’t a tech boot camp. We’re a human accelerator. We believe leveraging exponential technologies is the best way to scale impact. TKS trains students on developing both hard skills and soft skills. We provide students with guidelines, resources and mentors to build expertise in fields of emerging technologies and sciences. Our secret-sauce is the emphasis on soft-skills. We model our curriculum after top innovation institutions like MIT, Google and Stanford. Students learn about:

  • Networking
  • Presenting
  • Building confidence
  • Philosophy
  • Having thoughtful discussions
  • Consulting frameworks
  • Design
  • Negotiation
  • Mindsets
  • Mental models
  • Branding
  • Leveraging curiosity to explore various areas of STEM
  • Building friendships

Visit the program page for more

TKS has 40+ internal learning modules where students can learn about a variety of emerging sciences and technologies. Each student can “explore” these learning modules. They include a few hours of hand-picked learning articles and videos. After some exploration, students choose a “focus” area. We provide them with guidance on how to complete a “focus.” Within each focus, students develop depth of knowledge in the topic through our project-based learning approach. This includes creating articles and videos around technical research, building algorithms/computer projects yourself, or interviewing researchers in the field. By joining TKS, students have access to our learning frameworks, guidelines and approaches. Students typically complete two focuses in one year of the program. Some examples of topics we offer:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Material Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain-computer Interfaces
  • Viruses
  • Cellular Agriculture
  • Blockchain
  • Space Exploration
  • Cancer treatments
  • Virtual Reality
  • Metabolomics
  • … The list goes on.

Students can study whatever interests them. If the topic they’re passionate about isn’t available, they’re still able to complete a “focus” in it.

TKS is an extracurricular program. Students attend school during the week and attend a TKS session on the weekend. However, we do have optional opportunities that may pop up during the week. Again, these are optional.

After TKS

Our priority is to prepare students for the real world. During the program, students work on unique projects and create a personal portfolio that can be used when applying to university. Some TKS students have gone on to attend world-class universities, and many have gotten incredible scholarships. We do not have a university feeder program, but TKS focuses on building skills to prepare students for life. Examples of schools our students attend:

  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University
  • Minerva Schools at KGI

TKS has partnerships with companies that may provide internship opportunities to select students. During TKS, we work with students to secure internships with leading companies like Microsoft, Deloitte, and KPMG, while also training them on how to be successful in these positions. This enables students to add tremendous value to the organizations they work with, while also maximizing their learning experience. Internships must be earned by the students and are not guaranteed. However, throughout the program, students learn valuable skills like cold-emailing and having meetings. Many students get internships on their own with the skills they learned through TKS.

TKS doesn’t stop after the 10-month program. We want to support our alumni during their journey towards impacting billions. We have an online platform and global community for our past and current students. They have access to our TKS resources, learning modules and mentors. We are also building an investment fund for startups founded by TKS Alumni, while also creating relationships with top-tier organizations to help them recruit talent to solve hard problems.


There are 4 types of sessions:

  1. Tech/science sessions
  2. Challenge sessions (students work with real companies on a “challenge”)
  3. Hackathons
  4. Philosophy and personal growth

Sessions are ~3 hours. We typically do them in-person, but are able to deliver the same quality online. We’ve designed these sessions to be interactive. These sessions involve:

  • Group discussions
  • Hands-on activites
  • Research activites
  • Presentations

For more information, please check out our program page.

Click here for the program details

We hold sessions on weekends. The specific time and day will be determined based on which cohort students get accepted into. Each cohort is strategically designed based on interests and personality types to maximize relationships between students.


There are 2 steps before being accepted into TKS. First, you’ll need to submit an application. Then, based on your application, we may request additional material like a video or article before moving to the interview step. The interview is over video chat. If we think you are the right fit for TKS after your interview, we will extend an invitation for you to join the program.

You can access it in the top-right corner; click the green button. Or, right here:

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Any high school student that is ambitious, driven, curious, and wants to make an impact on the world. If you aren’t a great presenter or you don’t have technical programming skills, don’t worry. Those are skills we train. But you DO need to be open to learning new skills by pushing yourself and committed to putting in the effort! (Seriously, this isn’t going to be a random extracurricular you go to once a week).

We don’t have a “quota” for the number of students we select. We only select students who we think can grow exponentially in our program and have a high degree of drive and curiosity. As a result, acceptance rates vary based on the number of applications and the city. Historically, the average acceptance rate has varied from 10-20%.

Students can join TKS while they’re in high school and on a gap year.

We get this question a lot, but unfortunately, we don’t accept students who will be in University during the program.


Our students are re-defining what teenagers can do. Some examples are:

To learn more, check out our student spotlight page.

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