TiE University is a program of TiE global with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among college and university students. It brings together college students, entrepreneurs, investors and institutions on one common platform and facilitates learning. It is a comprehensive ecosystem of stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem which works on enabling campus ideas to transform into viable businesses.
The TiE University program enhances college learning with mentoring by real life entrepreneurs, bootcamps, workshops, internships, local and global networking and access to funding sources. The program helps university startup founders and teams successfully launch and scale their ventures more rapidly.
To enhance the learning of university students worldwide through the creation of local, regional and global offerings for student-led startups and relatively new business ventures … so that the students aspire to become entrepreneurs. TiE realizes that the best fuel for entrepreneurship is mentoring and helps students gain access to the same via workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions, and global competitions.
TiE University has two flagship programs:
TiE University Global Business Hackathon
A global hackathon for students to solve business problems articulated by global corporations. It is a 3 day intensive event preceded by mentoring and workshops. During the 3 days, the teams work on problem statements and come up with innovative solutions. The hackathon while checking the problem solving and technical skills of the students also creates a platform for them to learn from peers, collaborate with teams from other countries and also get the visibility required to garner summer internships at participating companies. It is also a potential fast track to landing job opportunities.
TiE University Global Pitch Competition
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.
TOTAL PRIZEMONEY (CUMULATIVE 2019-21)
The 2021 event is being held virtually. Below is a list of participating chapters. Participants can apply at the nearest chapter.
US & Canada
The Journey so far
In December 2018, TiE Global launched a concerted effort to hold a global pitch competition in conjunction with TiEcon Silicon Valley in May 2019. The inaugural program (TiE-U 1.0) had student teams representing 19 chapters from Canada, USA, UAE, Pakistan and India with a hybrid model of a 50/50 split of teams being present in California and some being virtual in May 2019. During 2020 due to the pandemic, TiE-U 2.0 evolved into a 100% virtual program with participants from 13 chapters across 5 countries (Israel replaced Pakistan in 2019) and included workshops, startup bootcamps, TiE Global Summit, and related programs by including college startups.
The momentum and energy in 2021 are great, and TiE-U programs will be handled virtually till local health situations allow for hybrid events. Come write the on-going chapters with us as we build the next generation of entrepreneurs.