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TYE University has developed into an award-winning program that brings together university entrepreneurs with successful business leaders across Carolinas to perfect their pitch, develop their product or service and provide a holistic approach to their startup. The selected team will be representing TiE Carolinas at the TYE University Global Pitchfest Competition held in Silicon Valley in September to compete with other TYE University teams from around the globe. The event is held during TiECON Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California. This year it might be 100% virtual event.

Pitch your Idea to Investors in Silicon Valley for a

We are pleased to inform you that applications have been extended for the Student Entrepreneurs for the TiE Young Entrepreneur University Program (TYE-U).

The TYE-U initiative enhances the learning objectives of aspiring student entrepreneurs globally through the creation and presentation of business pitches for new business ventures.


July 10, 2020 Applications Close
July 15, 2020 Selected team to represent TiE Carolinas is announced
July 31st, 2020 Deadlines for finalist team to provide high-level info
Saturdays in Aug Attend Bootcamp Workshops via zoom
August 30th, 2020 Upload Business Model Canvas & Business Plan Summary
September 12th, 2020 Pitch competition via Zoom
September 12th or 13th, 2020 Prize ceremony via Zoom

Judges will consider these key factors while shortlisting the winner:


Clear Description, Market Identification, Customer Validation


Value Proposition, Product Market Fit, Differentiation from Competition


Operational / Executional Approach, Leadership, Teamwork, Financial Viability/Returns

If you have an idea, product or service that you are looking to launch, and you are a current student of a University or College system apply NOW. The winning team will compete globally for a $10,000 cash prize.

Applications close on July 10, 2020. Selected applications will be invited via email to pitch. Review Terms & Conditions to confirm eligibility.