TYE – TiE Young Entrepreneurs

TYE Seattle, the local chapter of the TYE Global program, focuses on teenagers (9th-12th grade levels) who are interested in exploring the challenges and rewards of becoming an entrepreneur. As part of the TYE educational program, students receive instruction and mentorship from local business leaders. They will also have the opportunity to participate in local and global Business Plan competitions.

The program starts off in the fall with weekly workshops taught by local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. The focus of these sessions will be on learning the basics of business, such as marketing, product development, finance, legal matters, and very importantly – presentation skills. Students get to listen to local entrepreneurs share personal experiences of successful milestones as well as challenges faced along the way.

Midway through the program, in a “Start-Up afternoon” session, students will form groups based on areas of interest. While working in these groups and guided by a mentor, students will bring their ideas to life by creating and building their own business plan. In the Spring, these teams will compete at the TYE Seattle Business Plan Competition. The winners will then be invited to compete at the Global TYE Business Challenge in Washington DC with students from
around the world. In past years, our Seattle teams have won various awards including 2nd place (2013) and Best Teamwork (2016).

Why Join?

The TYE Seattle program will give its cohort the opportunity to:

  • Learn about entrepreneurship from some of the most accomplished individuals in the area, including corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs.
  • Work with other like minded students from the greater Seattle area.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Work alongside a mentor to hone their business plan idea, and have their business plan evaluated by industry experts with concrete feedback and suggestions.
  • Give students the experience of presenting their business plan ideas in a competitive and rewarding setting both locally and globally.
Program Schedule
  • The classes will be held on Wednesday evenings October 2017- April 2018. Team based business plan development will start in January 2018.
  • The Seattle program will conclude with the Seattle Business Plan Competition in the Spring 2018.
  • The Global TYE Business Challenge will take place in June 2018 in Washington DC.
  • Full school year course in Entrepreneurship for 9th-12th graders
  • 125 students from upto 20 High Schools graduated
  • 14 coaches, 9 mentors and 6 judges
  • Seattle Winners invited to compete at Global TYE Business Challenge in Washington DC with upto 20 global teams
  • In past years, our Seattle teams have won various awards including 2nd place Winner (2013) and Best Teamwork (2016)