TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Program

The TYE program is a series of structured workshops for high school students where the students learn how to come up with a good business idea and build a plan around it. Participants are mentored in teams by our Charter Members, culminating in a formal presentation of their idea and plan to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. The winning team gets an all expenses paid trip to pitch at the global TYE finale (the winning team from 2017 is going to Washington DC).



The TiE Young Entrepreneurs program is aimed at school age students from year 8 to year 11 within Victoria.

The program is designed as a team event, however individual participants are also encouraged. The program focus is to take a good idea and turn it into a robust business plan that will be scrutinised by a panel of leading entrepreneurs at the completion of the program.

The teams are supported on this journey from idea to plan by a facilitated workshop program run over 8 weeks during late July, August and early September 2018, plus access to a team mentor. The program aims to teach and expose the participants to the how to generate and identify good ideas, how to build a robust business plan around that idea and then how to present this to prospective investors.


Workshop #1  Ideation and Opportunity Recognition

Workshop #2  Business Plan at Depth – Sales and Marketing

Workshop #3  Business Plan at Depth – Pricing and Financials

Workshop #4  Presenting Powerfully


Date Activity
Tuesday, 17 April Applications Open
Wednesday, 15 June Applications Close
Wednesday, 20 June Successful teams notified
Saturday, 4 August Workshop #1
Wednesday, 25 July Mentor Meet #1
Saturday, 11 August Workshop #2
Wednesday, 8 August Mentor Meet #2
Saturday, 18 August Workshop #3
Wednesday, 22 August Mentor Meet #3
Saturday, 1 September Workshop #4
Wednesday, 5 September Mentor Meet #4
Saturday, 6 October Presentation Finals


  • TYE is a hands-on experiential program that allows teams to work through the process of turning a great idea into a business plan others may consider an investment opportunity.
  • It inspires creativity, collaboration and planning.
  • It exposes teams to different ways of thinking through access to industry innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • The winning team has the opportunity to pitch their business plan to entrepreneurs in the USA.
  • Great networking opportunity to meet other dynamic students


Applications are now closed.


There is no registration fee. However, successful applicants will have to pay program fee of $100 each. Payment instructions will be provided to shortlisted applicants on 20 June 2018.


The team judged to have presented the most robust and commercially sound business plan, as evaluated by the TYE Program panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts, will win a trip for the whole team to the USA to present their business plan at the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Global Finals. The prize includes:

  • Return flights from Australia to the USA and domestic flights within USA
  • Accommodation and Breakfast;
  • Transport to and from the TiE Chapter Meeting;
  • Airport transport within the USA


Note: All workshops will be held at lecture theatre TD121, Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Victoria. Each workshop runs for 4 hours. Each Mentor Meet is a 30-60min Skype call over the student lunch period.

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