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Congratulations to our Top Ten Finalists

  • Appdrop, Inc., Georgetown
  • Clafiya, Georgetown
  • Early Intervention Systems, Inc., Georgetown
  • Ichosia Biotechnology, Inc., GWU
  • Kits to Heart, Georgetown
  • MassApply, VA Tech
  • STG Vision, William and Mary
  • Tandemly, VA Tech
  • Transfoam, LLC, UVA
  • TruTriage, American University and Columbia University
TiE DC University program was launched to empower university and college students and recent graduates from 2019 and 2020 to become the next generation of entrepreneurs by educating, mentoring and inspiring them to plan and take intelligent risks in starting a business.

Program Format (Virtual)

TiE University has developed into an award-winning program that brings together university entrepreneurs with successful business leaders across the Washington, D.C. area to perfect their pitch, develop their product or service and provide a holistic approach to their startup. The teams go through a qualifying round in February. The final teams then go onto compete for cash prizes at TiE Finals, a pitch competition held in April. The winning team then goes on to the TiE University Global Pitch Fest Competition held in Silicon Valley in May to compete with other TiE University teams from around the globe. The event is held during TiECON Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California.

Submissions now closed

Enrollment now closed

2020 – 2021 TiE DC University Program Schedule
Program Date
Submission Deadline 3/15/2021
Screening of Applications 4/1/2021 – 4/10/2021
Educational Mentor Session #1:
Why perspectives matter in team building
Educational Mentor Session #2:
Know Your Customers – Know Your Marketing
Educational Mentor Session #3:
How to make a successful exit
Educational Mentor Session #4:
Navigating start-up process
Educational Mentor Session #5:
Presentation skills
Announcement of Selected Participants 4/15/2021
Group Mentoring/Coaching for top 10 teams 4/15/2021 – 4/25/2021
Participation in TiE DC Scale-Up Workshop 4/28/2021 – 4/29/2021
TiE DC  Pitch Fest Competition 5/1/2021
(Saturday from 3 to 6 pm EST)
Mentor Sessions for Top Team 5/2/21 – 5/15/21
TiE University Global Finals 5/15/21
TiE University Team
Ravi Puli Chair & Board Member of TiE DC
Prof. Mahesh Joshi Co-Chair & Board Member of TiE DC
Rajesh Rai Member & Board Member of TiE DC
Sumeet Shrivastava Member & Board Member of TiE DC
Smita Siddhanti Member & Board Member of TiE DC
Shiva Thirumazhusai Member & Board Member of TiE DC
Srini Bayireddy Member & Board Member of TiE DC
TiE DC University Advisory Team
Sheela Murthy President and Founder at Murthy Law Firm, TiE DC Past President
Paul Singh Founder & CEO at Rezon8 Capital & Advisory Group LLC, TiE DC Past President
Ashish Khot CEO, TechnoMile
Ashit Talukder Head of AI/ML at Moodys / CTO at US-DOL /Program Dir. Data Science (NIST)
TiE DC University Volunteers
 Prem Sagar

Who can attend:

All University Students / College Students and graduates from 2019 and 2020.
What is the cost?
There is NO cost to students / universities / colleges, it is a completely FREE program offered by TiE DC University Program.
Benefits of the program:
  • FREE mentoring/coaching by successful real-world entrepreneurs.
  • Financial guidance.
  • Cash and in-kind prizes for winning teams.
  • FREE TiE DC Annual Membership ( 1 Year).
How many can be in the team:
1 or more students / graduates.
For questions or additional info:
Email: [email protected]
For TiE Global University Program!
Please visit:
Challa Investments LLC
Become a TiE Entrepreneur today!
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