TiE Silicon Valley fosters the next generation of entrepreneurs through a number of programs guided by our successful members


The last few years have seen unprecedented growth in the number of start-ups in India across a broad set of domains, from consumer to enterprise to cloud. First-time founders started many of these with great ideas, and some have gone on to become big successes (FlipKart, PayTM, InMobi, Freshworks, Ola). Many employees of these companies and other first-time founders are now starting their own ventures, creating a flywheel of entrepreneurship in India. Inspired by the earlier successes, these new founders have ambitions to develop and build globally impactful enterprises.

Since the 1980s, over 250 Israeli companies have been listed on NASDAQ, while only a handful have been listed from India. In addition, US companies have acquired thousands of Israeli start-ups. India comes nowhere close to the global impact that Israeli companies have made despite having a much larger technical workforce. While the number of start-ups has exploded, global successes from India are few. Given the talent pool, it is not for lack of talent that India has been so far behind. It is the supportive ecosystem that has been missing.

Recognizing this need, we have started an initiative to help Indian technology entrepreneurs build successfully scaled companies. TiE Silicon Valley has set up an advisory group consisting of individuals who have been successful leaders and are motivated to help Indian start-ups. Building on the values of TiE, this will be a forum to connect distinguished Indian start-ups to experienced Silicon Valley operators in a structured way aligning the needs of the start-ups and interests of the advisors.

Our focus is to help start-ups that are using technology in innovative ways to create leapfrog products. Companies should have developed their MVP with demonstrated product-market fit, gained user and/or revenue traction in the market, and have founders with strong backgrounds. They should have an essential organization with engineering, sales, and operations groups and be willing to engage in a consultative process.

We have recruited advisors who come from diverse industries and have held leadership roles in successful companies. Additionally, they have both experience and interest in operating in the Indian market, and are committed to advising start-ups. They will be available to founders to help them on a wide variety of topics such as organizational structure and culture, management and recruiting, product strategy and development, business development, go-to-market, and fundraising strategy.

The timing is right – Indian founders have the confidence and ambition to make a global impact. Investors are recognizing this and are funding them. Focused support and guidance from successful tech leaders will supercharge their chances of success. If you are interested in joining as an advisor, please reach out to us at [email protected]. If you are a founder looking for advisors, please apply here.

TiE Angels is an angel investment group formed by Charter Members of TiE Silicon Valley. The mission of TiE Angels is to support top-tier emerging companies with early stage investment and support. TiE Angels have already made investments in 45+ companies.

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 corporate executives.

Our TiE Institute programming is geared toward early-stage entrepreneurs, who are looking for instructional, practical real-world learning as well as interactive sessions with fellow members of the TiE community. These can be entrepreneurs with a simple idea to those with a developed product who haven’t raised funding yet.

The goal of TiE Institute is to nurture these early-stage entrepreneurs toward getting to a point where they can participate in programs such as TiE Angels, and (we hope!) receive that first round of funding to move their vision forward. Under these series of events, we work with some of our sponsors from law firms, venture capitalists, accounting firms, banks, etc., to incorporate sessions for entrepreneurs to get IPO ready.

A global program with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among college and university students. It brings together college students, entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions on one common platform and facilitates learning by providing Mentoring and Networking.

TiE SV brought back TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program in 2018, with some funding from BNY Mellon. The TYE program is a Global program fostering future generations of entrepreneurs by teaching high school students the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. TYE is designed to teach high school students entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Honoring the grant agreement, six kids from underserved communities were admitted to the program. At TiEcon 2019, TiE SV also had a very popular Youth track and Youth Pavilion at the Expo to encourage young kids and foster business discussions. As a result of such year-round engagement, TiE SV has secured grant commitments for the program.

Our Charter Members get to engage and meet with other fellow Charter Members throughout the year with a series of programs and events ranging from socials, business networking meetings, outings for plays, movies, global retreats, holiday parties and many more fun stuff.

As part of DEI efforts in TiE Silicon Valley, we are proud to present journeys of Entrepreneurs, Funders and Intrapreuners. We will hear the technology innovation championed by various minority groups and individuals.

Mentorship is at the very foundation of TiE. Whether you are a novice entrepreneur or a wannabe entrepreneur looking to validate your idea, you have the opportunity to get mentored on a one-on-one basis with some of the very best in the business. All our Mentors are highly accomplished entrepreneurs / professionals.

“My Story – Inspiring Journey of an Entrepreneur” to celebrate entrepreneurship and bring stories from successful entrepreneurs in their own words that are both inspiring and educational. The invited speaker(s) share their entrepreneurial journey and talk about lessons learnt, mistakes they wish they avoided and key decisions that helped make their venture successful.