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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, technology and business partnering/networking.

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

Since the inception of the TiE50 program, 84% of the winners and top startups have been funded with over a billion $. Many of these companies went on to get acquired or had an IPO. At least 29 of the exits were over $100 Million, e.g., FireEye (IPO), Mulesoft (IPO), Pearl Therapeutics (acquired by Astra Zeneca), and Velocloud (acquired by VMware).

We invite all startups worldwide, particularly early-stage companies to participate.

TiE SV and TiE50 program is also in partnership with the "Meet the Drapers" show. 10 companies will be selected by the Draper Team to pitch to them at TiEcon 2022 and have a chance to win a spot on season 6 of Meet the Drapers show.

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.

Selected companies will pitch on day 1 of the conference with a 3 minute video recording and will have the opportunity for live Q&A.

  • 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; 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 2023 ($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 25k visitors every month
  • TiE50 winner showcase & Virtual awards ceremony
    TiE50 winners will be announced by email and on the website on April 27th. Winner Showcase (3 min presentation and 2 min. live Q&A with investors for feedback) will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 9:00 am. The Awards Ceremony will be announced after the opening Grand Keynote on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 AM.
  • Do I qualify?
    Companies must be privately held and of good legal standing.
  • How do I apply?
    TiE50 has partnered with TheBizPlanner for the infrastructure to run the awards program. All 2022 applicants must apply and register on TheBizPlanner to apply for the TiE50 Awards Program.
  • Who are the judges?
    Judges' identities, their affiliations, company representations, scoring patterns, and all information related to their participation in the TiE50 selection process are confidential. Each external judge will work independently and will not know the scores or identities of the other judges. External 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 2022 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 with fully paid 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.

  • $259 by April 24 (Special pricing)

Deadlines and dates

  • Registration open: Friday, March 4 at 12:00 am PST
  • Registration close: Sunday, April 24 at 11:55 pm PST
  • Winner announcement: Thursday, April 28. Winners will be announced by email and on our website
  • TiE50 Showcase: Thursday, May 5 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm PST
  • Awards Ceremony: Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 am PST
  • Meet the Drapers: Saturday, May 7 at 9:30 am PST


Kamal Anand

Track chairs

Kumar Sripadam
TiE50 Awards Program
Anand Jagannathan
TiE50 Awards Program
Sandeep Kishore
TiE50 Awards Program

TiE Silicon Valley Team

Patricia Acosta
Sponsorship Manager

TiEcon 2022 Entrepreneur Programs

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