TiE Institute, the dedicated program of TiE Silicon Valley to educate the next generation of Entrepreneurs, brings you a Mini MBA in Entrepreneurship, a 6 months instructor-led and self-paced virtual certification program, led by Silicon-Valley based instructors who are serial entrepreneurs and adjunct professors at UC Berkeley and Northeastern University .


6 months I 12 sessions I Instructor-led + Self-paced I Interactive Zoom Sessions I Led by Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Professors at UC Berkeley and Northeastern University


The program is geared towards early-stage entrepreneurs, who are looking for instructional, practical real-world learning as well as interactive sessions with fellow members. This program will prepare you to start right on your journey and prepare you to create your pitch to raise funding.  


Led by Entrepreneurs

Learn from experienced entrepreneurs so that you can avoid some of the mistakes on your entrepreneur journey. This is why we call this For Entrepreneurs By Entrepreneurs!

Seek Solutions

Bring your business problems and get answers from the TiE faculty

Experienced Faculty

Learn from adjunct faculty members who have coached hundreds of students many of whom have gone on to start successful companies.

Propel Entrepreneurial Growth

Learn about tools, techniques, methodology, and guidance needed to propel entrepreneurial growth.


Network with fellow entrepreneurs and members of the TiE ecosystem.

Certificate of Completion

Receive a certificate of completion from TiE Silicon Valley

Get an e-copy of 6 books on entrepreneurship authored by Naeem Zafar.



Program Details

Date: Jan 2021 to Jun 2021

Day: Last Thursday of every month

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST I  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM IST

Format: Virtual (6 instructed-led session + 6 self-paced learning videos)

Hybrid module: Participants are expected to complete the self-paced video assignments for the instructor led virtual sessions


Jan 28th

Conducting Market Research

Develop a comprehensive understanding to test product viability using sophisticated business models to inexpensive ways

Apr 29th

Go-to-Market Plans, Get Marketing Engine Started

Formulate marketing plans to create an engine for lead generation that will help you scale

Feb 25th

Team – Dividing Equity, Hiring, Conflict Management, and Culture

Learn  steps needed to nurture the most valuable asset of any startup – “the people”

May 27th

Building a Financial Model

Understand unit economics, estimate your financing need and build

Mar 25th

Go-to-Market – Starting The Sales Engine

Lay the groundwork to get the crucial  momentum of at the initial sales

Jun 24th

How to be Investor-ready

Pointers to fine-tune presentation to grab investor’s attention


TiE Silicon Valley Member: $49

Select the above option if you are a member of the TiE Silicon Valley chapter, to know more about the benefits of TiE SV membership click here.

TiE Member: $99

Select the above option if you are a member of any of the 61+ global chapters, to know more about the TiE chapters near you click here.

TiE Non-Member: $199

Select the above option if you are not affiliated with TiE. You can become a TiE SV member at $150 and get access to year-round engagement with the TiE SV chapter. To become a TiE SV member, click here.



Naeem is a seasoned executive who has led several high-tech businesses as the CEO and guided dozens as a Board member or an advisor. Naeem has taught entrepreneurship and innovation at several leading universities including UC Berkeley, Brown University, SCET, Fung Institute of Engineering Leadership, and Northeastern University. Naeem’s specialties include raising capital for startups, corporate strategy, product positioning, marketing, business development as well as M&A.


Paul is a successful entrepreneur and a founder of multiple startups and now is an advisor to many software startups. Having worked as the head of marketing for many B2B startups in their $0-$50M journey, he brings in a unique experience to scale marketing and sales while keeping acquisition costs low. He also teaches “Sales and Marketing for Entrepreneurs” courses at Northeastern University and the University of California, Berkeley.


Contact us

For any questions regarding the program, please email [email protected].