Local High School Entrepreneurs
Local High School Entrepreneurs to Compete for “Best Startup Pitch” at TiE Silicon Valley’s Young Entrepreneurs Startup Pitch Competition
Author: Jade Zhou
Date: May 7, 2020
TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is a Global program aimed at fostering our future generation of entrepreneurs. TYE focuses on teaching entrepreneurship to high school students and helping them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur.
The TYE program is offered by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). TiE is dedicated to the mission of fostering entrepreneurship all around the world.
On April 26th, TYE Silicon Valley had its Local Finals online via Zoom and YouTube Live due to the current pandemic situation. Four high school teams from Silicon Valley pitched their business concepts to the attendees, volunteers, and judges. The judges decided who gets offered the illustrious cash prizes and well-deserved recognition for their hard work and product ideas.
The day started off with an overview of TiE and TYE’s mission within the world of entrepreneurship. Then the introduction of the judges, judging rubrics occurred, giving the viewers and participants insight of who and what is to come.
Then the highlight of the event, the team pitches came into play.
The four amazing teams participated in the event: IUVO, AutoScheduler, MyRecycler, and Buzz. These students spent 150–200 hard, long hours working together to perfect their businesses and preparing for the pitch competition.
- IUVO is a peer-to-peer Q&A platform that offers STEM help for middle and high-school students.
- AutoScheduler helps people who need an easier way to schedule time with friends.
- MyRecycler is a web platform that helps those conscious about recycling figure the best ways to do so in their local area.
- Buzz is an app that helps those interested in fashion and wanting new, exclusive clothes to find their needed items through buying and borrowing clothing.
All teams did an amazing job, and everyone was impressed with the innovation and effort put into their pitches.
Before the winners were declared, there was a panel featuring a venture capitalist and a successful young entrepreneur who discussed the tough but rewarding journey of entrepreneurship.
IUVO came out as the winner with a $300 cash prize. The runner up was AutoScheduler, who won the $200 cash prize. MyRecycler and Buzz won the $100 cash prizes for their efforts in Customer Validation and Business Model respectively.
TYE pitch event is the result of the dedication and passion of the program coordinators, tutors, mentors, and parents who worked diligently during the six-month program. Pitch Day went incredibly well as the participating team and program coordinator’s hard work paid off.
This event could not have happened without the help of high-school volunteers, who worked tirelessly to put together the final event.
Here are some of their thoughts on the event-
“I felt like this event helped me learn a lot about what it took to help organize an event. Whether it was the marketing it took to let people know about this event, or the coordination it took to work together. All in all, this event was a fantastic learning process, and something I would love to do again!” — Meghna Paul