WATCH: Eye-Opening Debate On The Pros And Cons Of Going To College

Last year, Peter Theil established the Thiel Fellowship, which gives college students under the age of 20 $100,000 and two years’ time to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas.

One catch, though: Thiel Fellows are required to drop out of college for the two years of the fellowship.

Is Peter Thiel’s notion that some young entrepreneurs would benefit more by skipping college and starting businesses instead?

David Rose of Rose Tech Ventures says that, out of principle, he would never invest in a college dropout. Shaila Ittycheria of E[nstitute] – a two-year apprenticeship program for young adults – thinks getting a college degree isn’t necessary.

Rose and Ittycheria took to the stage at Startup 2012 last week to debate the merits of getting a college degree versus skipping the institution altogether and starting a business.

Whether you’re pro-college or anti-college, voice your opinion in the comments below, and watch highlights of the back-and-forth debate here:


Produced By: Kamelia Angelova, Robert Libetti, & William Wei

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