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.


To help university startup founders and teams successfully launch and scale their ventures more rapidly.


Engage with 400+ quality universities by the 2022-23 academic year through 40 TiE chapters

Build momentum by engaging with 200+ quality universities by 2021 though 30 TiE chapters


TiE University has two flagship programs:

TiE University Global Pitch Competition (Annually)

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 2 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 (over $100K cash equity-free award) and in-kind prizes worth $500,000 as well as the opportunity to pitch to potential investors.

To learn more about the requirements for the pitch competition Guidance-Resources-for-Pitch-Preparation Preparation (PDF) or visit the TiE University website

TiE University Global Hackathon

A ONE-day weekend gathering of high school and college students & teams organized to address specifically defined challenges!

Students using a fast-paced ‘hackathon” methodology will be introduced to a global issue by subject matter experts. Students will choose a challenge to address, receive mentoring and feedback in generating an app showcase and integrated solutions, and present their app ideas to a set of judges for cash awards and recognition, all on the same day!

Basically, after students work together brainstorming, planning, and prototyping an app, they will create a presentation that they’ll pitch to a panel of judges during the showcase. The event concludes with the recognition of students and a celebration of all participants!

So at the [email protected], you can do anything from design an app and showcase your ingenuity by making something uniquely creative based on a given theme of Health Tech and Climate Tech Teams can consist of 1-5 members and you will have approximately 3 hours to create something amazing! and Yes, you can do it by yourself, but it won’t be the same!

Hackathons, like the [email protected], are a can’t miss experience! You can learn something new, make something that the world has never seen before, and win some amazing cash prizes!

in the

Intent to Participate


Participate in Local Events


Take part in Local Pitchfest or hackathon programs

From Jan 1 - May 1


Be coached & mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs. Be part of global educational workshops and bootcamps

in May
(during TiECon)

WIN $50,000

Compete with global teams at Silicon Valley TiE University Global Pitch Competition









TiE University Houston Champions & Mentors

TiE University (Houston) YouTube Playlist

For questions or additional info, email [email protected]