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The
Sophomore
Spark

Eliminate the headaches of landing elite careers, without any financial headaches

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    Coffee Chats Opening This Fall!

    Our network of investment bankers will be available this coming September for free Coffee Chats with all undergraduate students about all things investment banking, recruiting, and the Sophomore Spark! Applications for the Sophomore Spark will open later this Fall Semester. Sign up below so we can keep you in the loop!

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    Program Overview

    Our 10 Weeks accelerator program for sophomores GUARANTEES placement into 6-figure jobs on Wall Street, or you don’t pay a dime. Pay less than 10% of your first-year salary AFTER you start earning income.

    $55K

    1st year earnings for private school graduates

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    $150K

    1st year earnings in entry level roles on Wall Street

    4%

    Acceptance rate for entry level roles on Wall Street

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    90%

    Success rate for graduates of the Sophomore Spark

    Don’t Settle for Less than the Best

    Here’s Where Our Students Work

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    Hear from Our Students

    Aneri Vakil

    From Emory University straight to Centerview Partners

    Dafe Uvieghara

    Banker at Evercore who started at Boston College.

    Sarah Cheah

    Went from Babson College straight to Ares

    Shreya Mohandas

    From Emory University straight to Houlihan Lokey

    Luke LeLay

    Got his dream job at Bank of America

    Arsh Shah

    Went from NYU to Guggenheim Partners.

    Joshua Park

    Landed a dream IB internship at Nomura.

    Alessia Russo

    Started at Columbia, now heading to Evercore.

    Palak Sheth

    From Indiana University straight to Jefferies

    David Gibbons

    Got a dream internship at Houlihan Lokey

    Sophie Krum

    From University of Michigan straight to Nomura Investment Banking

    Jun-Hong Chen

    From Boston College to Aeris Partners.

    Isabel Paine

    From Princeton straight to Goldman Sachs.

    Jose Torres

    Jose’s success story of getting a job at Evercore

    Jaime Matos

    From Brown University straight to Guggenheim Partners

    Noa Kimura

    From NYU straight to Nomura.

    Tiffany Chen

    From Baruch College straight to JP Morgan

    Herman Wan

    Landed an investment banking offer at Citi.

    Sophia Green

    From Rutgers University directly to Mizuho.

    Carlos Zaldivar

    From SMU straight to Credit Suisse

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      Payment Structure

      We invest in you first. You pay us back later.

      There is no upfront cost for you beyond the $100 commitment fee to participate in the program. We are investing in your future and you’ll pay it forward as a flat 10% of your base salary only when you land a high-paying job on Wall Street.

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      If you don’t land an internship for a 6-figure job, you pay nothing for the program

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      You pay $0 in tuition until 30 days after you start earning income

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      Unlike standard loans, you will never be charged interest

      10%

      You’ll pay a flat 10% of your first year’s base salary in tuition

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      Pay 0% of your bonuses from your first year, which represent over 35% of first year pay on average

      $100

      One-time commitment fee that will be refunded after successful completion of the program (waivers are available)

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        How it Works

        Our program is built upon four tenets to guarantee our students success

        Organized Curriculum for Sophomores

        Our program brings together ambitious sophomores in a 10 Weeks organized program that makes recruiting for investment banking a fun and interactive experience. We know sophomore year recruiting better than anyone — and we deliver exceptional results for our students.

        You’ll know exactly what to work on each week & pace yourself through the recruiting process, from landing stepping-stone internships, to networking with bankers, or studying for interviews.

        Group Learning & Community Building

        Our group training curriculum accelerates student mastery of the recruiting process with an engaging curriculum, while helping you build meaningful connections.

        • In-Person networking events & fun social activities in NYC
        • Interactive workshops with incredible guest speakers
        • Group competitions and prizes like gift cards, Madison Square Garden tickets, and more!
        • Optional events such as the TBO Case Competition & March Madness

        Unlimited 1-on-1 Mentorship

        One-size doesn’t fit all when it comes to Investment Banking recruiting, and we supplement our group programming with unlimited 1:1 mentorship. Our mentors have gone through the recruiting process themselves, learned the best strategies for getting the most offers and are here to pass down their knowledge to you. They’ll be available whenever you need them. From 1:1 advice calls, to mock interviews, to feedback on application materials, when we say unlimited 1:1 mentorship, we mean it!

        Student Weekly Commitment

        Students will be assigned weekly self-study objectives, recruiting assignments, & learning assessments that are managed primarily through the TBO Training Platform.

        In addition, students are invited to spend more time with the TBO Training Platform, LinkedIn Premium, and other premium resources we will provide to them at the beginning of the program to supplement their mandatory training.

        Join a Powerful Community

        We leverage our existing industry connections to help our students land offers on Wall Street and advance in their careers. You’ll learn alongside an ambitious class of sophomores from schools around the country, as well as a diverse community of mentors and alumni.

        Lifetime Membership

        And the program doesn’t end after the Sophomore Spark — once you’re a part of TBO, you’re a member for life. You’ll get personalized career support through your junior year internship & even after you hit the desk as an analyst. Plus, tap into the network from your class & previous TBO classes at critical points throughout your career.

        Unlock the Highest Earning Potential

        Investment banks are notable for their selectivity and high salaries and we are here to make sure you will be the one bringing this in next year!

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