TiE International Business Plan Competition


TiE’s International Business Plan Competition provides Graduate-level University students and their teams  a chance to compete in World's largest and most successful Business Plan Competition at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Eligible TiE Chapters from outside the US will sign up to host a level 1 competition after scouting local universities for perspective participants. TiE Delhi and TiE Brussels will host the regional Finals (level 2) and the winner of each Final competition will go on to compete in the finals at the Rice University Business Plan Competition on April 11-13th, 2013 (level 3). The winners of the Delhi and Brussels Finals will receive mentoring and coaching prior to entering the competition at Rice in an intense 3-day Boot Camp hosted by our Houston Chapter. 


The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 17 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.



Local US Event
Houston, TX
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Canada
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Other
  • Business - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
  • iStart
Who's Eligible

The competition is for students enrolled in a degree program (students in certificate programs are not eligible) in the current academic year. Students who graduated in the preceding academic year are not eligible to participate. However, an exception will be made for students who both worked on their business plan or technology in the prior academic year and graduated during the preceding summer, i.e., the summer of 2011. An exception will also be made for students from non-US universities that have a different academic calendar.