Frequently Asked Questions
What is TYE?
The TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) is a youth entrepreneurship program that provides a new learning environment where high school aged participants can experiment, build resilience, and collaborate to create more productive and successful pathways to their personal and professional goals through the creation of a startup.
How long has TYE been around?
TYE was started in Boston in 2005. Now in its 15th year, 484 students have graduated from the program.
Where are sessions held?
For the past two years, TYE has been held at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square. Before the start of each TYE application cycle, we will confirm the location of the sessions so families can plan. The TYE Team is monitoring the CDCs guidelines regarding social distancing closely and is preparing to offer a fully immersive, high touch, high-quality virtual program for the 2020-2021 program year. We will confirm if we will be moving virtual by June 1st, 2020.
How long are the sessions?
On scheduled dates, sessions run from 10am to 4pm. As the program reaches the conclusion of the program, many teams will elect to work later or offline to finalize deliverables.
What happens in case of inclement weather?
During the winter months, we keep an active eye on the weather forecasts. In the event that it appears that there will be significant snowfall and/or ice - we will cancel the session. We do our best to give families 24 hour notice but no later than 6am before the day's session. The session may either be rescheduled or added to the existing content of the remaining sessions.
What is the expected attire for the program?
We understand that participants may feel the inclination to wear business casual during the sessions due to wanting to make a great first impression on the guest speakers, workshop leaders and mentors. However, being young and coming in on a Saturday allows for a bit of flexibility. Participants often wear the same clothes they would wear at school. On the day of final presentations, participants choose to wear business formal while pitching. We cover attire for the final presentations during the session so participants feel prepared and comfortable.
How do participants get to the sessions?
In the first few sessions, each parent usually brings their child to the session. After that, many students connect with each other and may elect to rotate carpooling to the session. Some parents will also drop their child off along the MBTA line (often Alewife) and then the participant is able to ride the T to our location.
What is TiE Boston?
What are the program dates?
The program takes place from September to April on alternating Saturdays. Specific dates for each year depend on variable factors such as school holidays and PSAT & SAT test days.
Application & Deadlines
Am I eligible to participate?
Applicants who will be enrolled in high school during the school year that matches the upcoming TYE cycle are eligible to participate.
The program has already started, can I still enroll?
Due to the fast pace and the curriculum building upon past sessions, we do not admit participants once the cycle has started. If you will still be in high school, we still recommend that you apply for the upcoming TYE cycle!
I wasn't accepted, should I re-apply?
YES! Due to limited space for participants, we often have to decline compelling applicants. Though we do not provide feedback to declined applicants, we do encourage individuals to re-apply!
How many applications do you accept?
We try to keep the program around the 90 participant mark across two cohorts. Along with the applications accepted, we do maintain a waitlist in the event that an admitted applicant is not able to commit to the full duration of the program and deliverables.
I am still in middle school. Can I still participate?
We get a large amount of requests and interest from 8th grade participants! We love the enthusiasm! At this time, we are only enrolling high school aged participants. However, there are a number of great programs in the area that accept 8th grade students! For more information, contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in college. Can I still participate?
We wish that we could accept all ages of individuals interested in TYE. Unfortunately, we are only accepting applications from high school aged participants. If you are still interested in getting involved, contact Katie at email@example.com as we do have a number of mentor and volunteer opportunities available!
When do I find out if I have been accepted?
We do our best to provide timely decisions after an application has been received. We understand that our students often have a number of activities to pursue and often need to know if they have been declined admittance so they can pursue other activities. For more information, check out our "Apply" tab for the most updated information on deadlines and notification dates!
What do you look for in a successful applicant?
When reviewing applications, we look for a diversity of background to add to the strength of the cohort. We look for a cohort with an even mix of hustlers, hipsters, hackers and hikers so teams find the talent and skills needed to build their startups! We are often looking for evidence that the applicant has demonstrated responsibility and the ability to work as a team. As for the essay questions, we are looking to see if the applicant was mindful and wrote a thoughtful response.
My friend and I have been working on an idea. Can we bring the startup to TYE?
We ask that participants not being an idea that has already been worked upon before coming to the program. Not only do we want participants to start fresh and have the freedom to work together, TiE Global would actually disqualify a team that had worked on an idea prior to the start of their TYE cycle. If you have questions, please do contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still apply even if I do not have an idea for a startup?
YES! Even though participants say that they do not have an idea - they often do have an idea floating in the back of their mind. We work with our participants to go through an exercise that helps them dig into that idea. After sharing all the ideas from the group, teams are formed around the most compelling ideas voted upon by the group!
I've been waitlisted. Does that mean I'm not good enough?
NO! One of the most challenging components of TYE is having an incredible pool of applicants that fill a limited number of seats! We do our best to recruit and accept applicants to ensure diversity of background and skill for the group. If you are waitlisted, we do keep the conversation going as 1) you might be admitted and 2) we would like to see you for the next cycle of TYE.