Slide Global Pitch Competition
Take your startup from
the campus to the real world

A pitch competition for campus based startups. It is open to both idea stage entrepreneurs as well as operational startups based out of colleges and universities. In the past, startups with one to five founders in college have participated. Over a period of 6 months, the teams are mentored by TiE members and ecosystem partners, undergo a wide range of workshops on topics relating to business, pitch their ideas to a jury at the local level, and if selected, compete with the winning teams from across the globe. The winning teams get cash and in-kind prizes worth $100,000, as well as the opportunity to pitch to potential investors.



Dates and Timeslots are “Roughly Right”

Zoom Registration for Workshops:

Date Start Time (EDT/ATL) Start Time (IST/HYD) Length (mins) Topic Instructor (location)
24-Apr 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 120 #1: Presentation Skills – Part II (for West/East sections) Pradeep Yuvaraj (CJB)
25-Apr 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 90 #2A: The Ask — What Investors Look for JP James (ATL) + Mahavir Sharma (JAI)
25-Apr 11:30 AM 9:00 PM 30 #2B: Elevator Pitch Pradeep Yuvaraj (CJB)
30-Apr 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 60 #3A: Optimizing the Use of Cloud Technology AWS Solutions Architect (US/India)
30-Apr 11:15 AM 8:45 PM 60 #3B: Leveraging Cloud & a Culture of Customer-Centric Innovation to Build a Successful Company Sri Vasireddy (DC)
01-May 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 90 #4: Getting/Growing Your First Customers R. Paul Singh (SV)
01-May 11:45 AM 9:15 PM 60 #5: Presentation Skills – Part II (for West/East sections) Pradeep Yuvaraj (CJB)
02-May 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 90 Mentor Fair Tracks of Mentors (multiple)
02-May 10:00 AM 9:30 PM 90 Mocks/Practice Session Tracks of Judges (multiple)
06-May 04:30 PM or 10:00 PM (7-May) 2:00 AM or 7:30 AM 180 Startup Bootcamp – Cohort A or Cohort B (details at: Naeem Zafer (SV/UC-Berkeley)


Benefits for students:

  • Cash prizes worth USD 50,000
  • In-kind prizes ( e.g., cloud credits, technology, and startup services, etc)
  • Unlimited mentoring at the City level for all local chapter participants and at the global level for finalists
  • Bootcamps, workshops, and specialized consulting to finalists
  • Opportunity to visit Stanford and Silicon Valley (subject to conditions)
  • An opportunity to convert their idea into a real business
  • Real-time global exposure
  • Certificates/Citations
  • All students get added to a global pool of internship opportunities

Benefits for Institutions:

  • Expand the entrepreneurship development capabilities/cells on campus by using ideas from real-world mentors
  • Possibilities to brand the college/ university/ institution using the globally of TiE
  • Opportunity to develop connections with CXOs of various companies/startups
  • Complimentary access to TiE Events (subject to conditions)
  • Global recognition if your team reaches the finale
Year Calendar
January to February, 2021

Registration of Teams for Chapter level pitch competition



Mentoring by industry experts for selected teams


January to mid-April, 2021
March to mid-April, 2021

Chapter level Pitch Competition



Mentoring by industry experts for finalist teams


March to April, 2021
Mid-April, 2021

Choose the best team to represent local chapter at global pitch competition



Entrepreneurial Workshops, Mentoring for winning team from each chapter


April to May 5, 2021
May 6 to 8, 2021

Startup Boot camp & TiECON Silicon Valley



TiE-U Global Pitch Competition – Semi Finals


May 15, 2021
May 15, 2021

TiE-U Global Pitch Competition – Finals


  • TiE-U Global Pitchfest is open to college students worldwide for a business pitch related to a new entrepreneurial venture to be presented/pitched at the local chapter level.  The guidelines are that currently enrolled college students or graduates during the prior two calendar years are eligible to participate at the local level.  Each chapter can then nominate its best team to represent the chapter at the global pitch competition being held around the same timing as TiEcon Silicon Valley.  
    • The Global Pitchfest utilizes a combination of Business Model Canvas weighted at 10%, Business/Executive Summary weighted at 10% and Pitch/Q&A weighted at 80% to make decisions about winning teams.
    • Deadlines will be provided to the participating student teams in the global finals by the local participating TiE chapter.  Missed deadlines for general information or gradable documents can result in scores as low as zero.  The chapter champions should help follow up with student teams to ensure they meet all deadlines.  Missing of multiple deadlines or participation in required educational events leading up to the competition, as well as a lack of communications can result in the disqualification of the team from the competition. 
    • Pitches and Q&A will typically run for 15 minutes per presenting team, and the recommended breakout is 8-10 minutes of pitching, followed by 5-7 minutes of Q&A by the judges.
    • Depending on the numbers of entries by college teams, qualifying rounds or semi-finals can be held to pick finalist teams.  For example, there were two semi-final tracks in the global pitch competition with 7+6 teams during 2020, out of which 7 teams made the finals.
  • Monetary prizes for the Pitchfest’s winning teams will be awarded, as well as in-kind prizes (e.g., cloud credits, technology and startup services, etc.) to relevant teams participating in the TiE-U Pitchfest competition which also offers consulting services, mentoring, financial guidance, and access to capital and customers.  
  • Student teams do not have to participate in the global hackathon to be eligible for the pitch competition.  A student can choose to participate for the hackathon, pitch competition or both.
  • Corporate internships are contemplated for summer 2021 or other time frames to match TiE-U student participants and companies in the TiE ecosystem.  It is up to the companies to interview and choose “best fit” student candidates and make direct offers for paid or unpaid internships.
  • An alumni ecosystem for TiE-U participants is underway with specifics to be launched in the first half of 2021.  Platforms including LinkedIn Groups and Startup Tribes are being evaluated.
  • It is recommended that participants in the TiE-U program can be considered for any relevant chapter and regional offerings.   This can include monthly meetings, TiEcon events, Angels pitches, education and mentoring programs, and so on.  Leading up to and following specific offerings, chapters may offer student teams and faculty advisors access to local TiE and community partner resources on a partial or full scholarship basis.  
  • Investment opportunities and network with angels and VCs are left to the local chapters or regional programs such as TiE Global Angels or TiE India Angels Network, provided student teams meet the thesis and criteria of those groups.

For whom: Undergraduate and postgraduate students having a start-up idea/who have founded a start-up(Including students who have graduated after 2019)

Event Date: May 15, 2021