TIE Students

From a youth program for high schools to our award-winning TIE University program, TIE Tampa Bay is empowering tomorrow’s entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed.

University Program

We provide hands-on education, mentorship and networking that turn campus ideas into viable businesses. By connecting student-run startups to TIE members and ecosystem partners through hackathons, bootcamps and workshops, we help accelerate success from ideation to investment. Program alumni also gain auto-entry into TIE’s global internship pool.

Each year, idea stage and early state collegiate start-ups are invited to participate in our TIE University competition. Mentors and workshops prepare each team to pitch to a jury of investors and entrepreneurs, who select one team to represent Tampa Bay at the Global finals. This year’s event drew 1400+ teams from 6 countries, competing for equity-free cash prizes up to $50,000.

Youth Program

When we give young minds a long runway and safe space to take risks, we make our community and future stronger. TIE’s youth programs help foster innovation and invention at the middle and high school levels, exposing students to the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship.

October to November, instructors lead students through creative business development workshops, using design thinking, rapid prototyping, lean canvas and more. January to March, participants work in teams to apply classroom skills to business ventures and compete in a local pitch competition. At the end of the program, the winning team moves on to a Global competition with direct mentorship and training from seasoned entrepreneurs.

2022-2023 Registration is now Open!