TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs) is a unique student entrepreneur program that helps high school students (grades 9-12) learn about the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Through the TYE program, students develop self-confidence, leadership, creativity and presentation skills. More than 23 TiE Chapters world-wide are already running the TYE program and now Bangalore will have its own version!

Summer batch starts in April 2019 (8 consecutive Saturdays)


10 week program starting
from October 2018

Increase problem-solving skills
and instil traits of a successful entrepreneur
in high school teens

Teach fundamental skills of entrepreneurship,
building and running a business and working
in teams to build startups

TiE Members and Charter Members who are
passionate about education, teaching and startup
mentorship get involved to mentor teams

A sum total of $10,000 will be awarded
to teams at the TYE Global Finals
in 2019

Winning team from Bangalore will get the
opportunity to compete in the TYE Global
Competition at TiE Boston


15 years of fostering youth entrepreneurship

400+ participants have graduated from the program

100% report increased confidence and skills to work effectively as a team

90% report participating in TYE influenced their career path

50% of the students continue to either work on their venture or volunteer within the program


We believe in creating a brave space for young people to experiment and grow. The following statements clarify the TYE Community Values to ensure that a welcome and collaborative space is felt and upheld by all.

TYE is an environment where everyone is treated with respect.

We will be patient, supportive and provide space for the self-development of the individual and of the group.

We will be present in both mind and person, alert and ready to work in each TYE session.

We will support a welcoming learning environment by not speaking over anyone, speaking up in class when I have been quiet,
and letting others speak up in class if I have been doing much the talking (Step Up & Step Down).

We understand that competition is not meant to destroy one another but for the sake of bettering and improving all competitors as a result of the process.



Mekin Maheshwari

Sanjay Anandaram
Entrepreneur, Mentor,
Investor & Advisor

Ravindra Krishnappa
Chief Thinker & Dreamer,

Madan Padaki
Founder & CEO,

Murlidhar Surya
Founder & CEO,
Lodestar Education Services

Anjana Vivek
Founder Director,
VentureBean Consulting

Manish Sharma
Co-Founder & Director,

Ravi Gururaj
Founder & CEO,

Arvind Nadig


Madanmohan Rao
Research Director,

Naganand Doraswamy
Managing Director & Founder,
Ideaspring Capital

Geetha Ramamurthy
Co-Founder & CEO,
Ignite Career Confidence

Bala Girisaballa

Srikrishna Ramamoorthy
Unitus Seed Fund


Sharda Balaji
Founder & Director,
NovoJuris Legal


Priyadeep Sinha
Founder, CEO & Managing Director

Abhinav Pathak
Co-Founder & CEO

… along with numerous other serial entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and senior corporate executives


  • “TiE Young Entrepreneur (TYE) provided the ability and capability to the participants to decide and stand for their decisions. TYE programme builds the confidence in participants and makes them focus on their decided perspective and to accordingly align their efforts in the same direction.”
    – Rajesh Jain (Parent), MD & CEO, Lacoste India, TYE 2013
  • “TYE helped me grow as a person. People think this course is just for business and although its main purpose is business, TYE helped me become a better leader, helped me cope with problems during a team project, and still taught me everything I know about business.”
    – A.K. (Student), TYE 2016
  • “It’s certainly been an incredible experience for my son so far and I believe that’s going to continue further as the team prepares for finals ahead. The immense learning picked up from senior industry professionals in sessions along with honing of his skills like interpersonal, critical thinking, decision making, collaboration, financial literacy and creativity, will go a long way in giving him self confidence to succeed in chosen career path. Must say, the exposure to him has been outstanding!”
    – Bhupendra Singh (Parent), TYE 2017
  • “My experience with TYE was absolutely amazing. Speakers and mentors from various backgrounds and fields taught in a very fun and different way. I never expected so much in such a small time. Those eight classes, packed with knowledge, have not just skilled up my entrepreneurial side but also completely changed the way I think and do everything. I learnt what it takes to bring an idea into life as a business. The most important thing is, I could analyse myself, know the faculties which I majorly lack, because of TYE. I gained the experience of working with people I didn’t know a month back, to create a new business, here at TYE!”
    – Chirag Agrawal (Student), TYE 2017


The program consists of 2 months of classroom sessions (9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays) on Entrepreneurship and various aspects of setting up and running a successful business venture. The classes are conducted by professionals and successful entrepreneurs, followed by students brainstorming a business idea and preparing a business plan for a Business Plan Competition. Each team is assigned a mentor who is a CEO or senior professional from the industry, who help them with identifying a Business idea and then working on it to compete in the competition.
The complete program is divided into three Phases.
PHASE 1: Base-work of understanding the skills needed to be an entrepreneur and/or inventor. 

Instructor-led workshops on a variety of subjects and concepts that are intended to introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship. The knowledge gained here will serve as the foundation for which Phase 2 will be built upon.

Phase 1 Workshop Topics:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship:

What is entrepreneurship, what to expect from the journey and tools to help you along the way.

Bugs and Passion

Identify things that are bothersome (bugs) and connect them with your passions.

Customer Empathy and Design Thinking

What is design thinking, why it is important and how to use it to solve a “Bug”?

Rapid Prototyping

What is Rapid Prototyping, why it is important and how to research and validate an idea.

Skills Assessment & Team Building

Access skills and identify skills needed to create a successful team.

Startup Math

How companies acquire revenue.

Lean Canvas

What is a lean canvas, why it is important and how it is used.

Presentation Skills

Qualities and strategies of a strong presentation.

PHASE 2: Implement the skills learned in Phase 1 to create products or services that can be turned into business ventures. Students hone-in on their presentation skills and develop prototypes to compete in the Regional and Global Competitions. 

During these sessions, the teams will formalize their business concepts, validate their products and/or services and create a prototype with help from experienced mentors. They will also work on putting together presentations that describe their concepts in great detail.

Phase 2 Workshop Topics:

Team Contracts & Roles and Expectations

Design Thinking & Product Market Fit

Customer Interviews/Validation

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) & Product Development

Business & Financial Modeling

Tying It All Together & Storytelling

Presentation Practice

PHASE 3: The winning team from the regional competition in Bangalore will get the opportunity to compete in the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Global Competition at the end of June in Boston. Phase 3 workshops will be dedicated to getting the team prepared.
MENTORSHIP: Along the way, students are matched with curated mentors from the TiE Network to assist them on their journey!