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What is TiE 50?

TiE50 is TiE Silicon Valley's premier annual awards program keenly contested by thousands of early to mid-stage startups worldwide. Participating technology startups benefit from significant exposure to venture capitalists, angels, and entrepreneurs; online virtual showcasing, and technology and business partnering/networking.

Now in its twelfth year, the prestigious TiE50 awards recognize the top technology and technology-enabled startups with no restrictions placed on any specific technology segment.

How does TiE50 work?

A team of carefully chosen panel of experts, including venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs, will screen the companies on TheBizPlanner Competition edition. Scoring is done on each company's IP, business model, and team. This process pares down the applicant pool to select the best-of-breed finalists! The TiE50 finalists are put through another level of final judging to pick the very best TiE50 winners.

  • Application Benefits
    • 4 Free Passes to Attend TiEcon conference
    • Discounted expo booth ($150 i.e. 50% discount)
    • Discounted Startup Bootcamp
    • Discounted VC Connect
    • Complimentary Mentor Connect
  • Winner Benefits
    • Thousands of dollars in credits from our partners like Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Freshworks, and others
    • Opportunity to network with Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and some of the brightest minds of Silicon Valley
    • $800+ VALUE encompassing Annual Membership to TiE Silicon Valley chapter for 2 team members ($300 value), Two Complimentary passes to TiEcon 2021 ($200 value) and discounted rates for VC Connect, Mentor Connect and complimentary TiEcon Expo ($300 value)
    • Year rounding branding on TiEcon and TiE SV website that draw over 20k visitors every month
  • TiE50 winner showcase & Virtual awards ceremony
    TiE50 winners will be announced by email and on the website on April 30th. Winner Showcase (3 min presentation and 2 min. live Q&A with investors for feedback) will be held on Friday, May 7th at 9:00 AM PDT. The Awards Ceremony will be announced after the opening Grand Keynote on Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 AM
  • Do I qualify?
    Companies must be privately held and less than 7 years old.
  • How do I apply?
    TiE50 has partnered with TheBizPlanner for the infrastructure to run the awards program. All 2021 applicants must apply and register on TheBizPlanner to apply for the TiE50 Awards Program.
  • Who are the judges?
    Confidentiality Judges' identities, their affiliations, company representations, scoring patterns, and all information related to their participation in the TiE50 selection process will be held confidential. Judges will work independently and will not know the scores or identities of the other judges. Judges are selected only by invitation and are subject to TiE Silicon Valley's strict confidentiality and disclosure guidelines.

Registration details

A nominal application fee includes four complimentary single two-day passes to the TiECon 2021 conference, discounted Virtual Expo, VC Connect, and complimentary Mentor Connect.

Incomplete nominations or incorrect contact details automatically disqualify the registry. No further contact will be made. Successfully completed registrations that paid the application fee are automatically confirmed by email. Any individual, founder, CTO, or authorized representative of a technology start-up can register their company.

Nominating individuals must use a website domain email address.

Awards Program Recognizing World's Technology Startups

Application fee

Apply on TheBizPlanner website and pay for the application fee to successfully submit your application.

  • February 1 - March 7 $395 Early Bird Pricing
  • March 8 - April 25 $595

Deadlines and dates

  • Applications open: February 1, at 12:00 AM
  • Applications close: Tuesday, April 27, at 11:59 PM
  • Winners announcement: Friday, April 30. Winners will be announced by email and on our website
  • TiE50 Showcase: Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday, May 8 at 9:00 am - 9:30 am PST

Track chairs

Vipul Singhal
TiE50 Awards Program Chair
Kumar Sripadam
TiE50 Awards Program Chair
Kamal Anand
TiE50 Awards Program Advisor

TiEcon 2021 Programs

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