Creating Young Entrepreneurs at Colleges and Universities Globally



TYE University is the college-age sister program to TiE Carolinas Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) High School. Just like TYE High School, TYE University is empowering our university students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs by educating, mentoring and inspiring university students to plan and take intelligent risks in starting a business.

Program Format

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.


Apply Now, Pitch your Idea to Investors in Silicon Valley for a $10,000 Cash Prize. 

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.

New Timelines:

  • 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
  • Attend Bootcamp Workshops via zoom – Saturdays in Aug
  • 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:

PROBLEM DEFINITION: Clear Description, Market Identification, Customer Validation

SOLUTION: Value Proposition, Product Market Fit, Differentiation from Competition

SUCCESS VIABILITY: 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.

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