The TYE Program

An innovative program designed by TiE, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs, to inspire entrepreneurship in high school students. The program includes workshops and classes mentored by leaders in the TiE Entrepreneur community concluding in a Business Plan Competition with a chance to win up to $5,000!

TiE Orange County is a non-profit group fostering entrepreneurship


The program is rigorous and our expectation is your full commitment.  You will have access to and mentorship from some of the most successful and prominent business leaders in Orange County. 

The program runs from September 2019 to April 2020.  At a minimum, students will spend 4 hours every other Saturday learning about the basics of starting your own company and working with your fellow team members.  Students often meet separately to get an edge on their competition.

Program Cost

Through the generous support of the TiE Orange County chapter, the program is offered at NO COST to students.  We encourage you to apply early as qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come basis.


  • Open to all high school students (grades 9-12)

  • Participants will be selected by a screening process, a maximum of 25 students will be selected.

  • Qualified applicants will be selected based on the merits of your application.  We encourage you to apply early as applicants will be selected on a rolling basis.

The Curriculum

The program covers the basics of building a business concept and developing a business plan and includes instruction from industry experts on:

  • Creating a business concept

  • Planning the product or service

  • Exploring Customers

  • Business Accounting

  • Financing & Business Plan Creation

  • Preparing an Investor Presentation


Sessions are held at The Cove at UCI's Innovation center.

UCI- The Cove

5141 California Ave., Suite 250

Irvine, CA 92617

Cash Award

At the culmination of the program, the teams will complete by pitching their business plan to a panel of judges who represent Venture Capital, Angel and Entrepreneurial investors.  The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000 as seed capital to further your idea.

What happens if my team wins?

The top two winning teams from the chapter will qualify to compete in the TYE Global Competition in June, 2020 for the top prize of $10,000.

How do I Apply?

Information Session

There is in information session at UCI - The COVE on August 22nd for both parents and students.  

RSVP for that session here.

The Young Entrepreneurs - Orange County

would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support.