What is TiE 20?

TiE 20 are an elite group of Top 20 Early Stage Startups recognized and awarded from among hundreds of nominees at the annual TiECon Detroit – one of the largest entrepreneurship focused conferences in the region attracting successful Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and Industry Executives.


This year’s TiE 20 will be selected from five industry segments:

1. IOT/Sensors
2. Fintech
3. Transportation / Mobility
4. Health / Fitness
5. Manufacturing devices/Augmented Reality / Artificial Intelligence

TiECon Detroit 2017 is an entrepreneurial conference, attracting hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other professionals. This year’s theme is Ignite2Disrupt. Connected World. Connected Technologies. Our three main tracks will focus on Connected Mobility, Digital Health and Global Connectivity. This year’s TiECon Detroit is being held on Nov 9-10, 2017 at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit.

Selection process
TiE20 gives increased visibility and connectivity to our winners. TiE20 are Top Early Stage Startups picked from a qualified pool of hundreds of startup nominees by a combination of evaluations, screenings and judging by successful Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Domain Experts and Public Polling. The applied parameters include Business Model, Technology / IP, Market Viability and Management Team. Startups should be in the business not more than 6 years, boot strapped or raised capital not exceeding $2M and are actively engaged in taking the companies to the next level.

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Application Nominations due Friday, September 29th
  • Screening Process: September 30th – October 8th
  • Judging: October 9th - October 15th
  • Public Polling: October 16th - October 23rd
  • Results: October 24th
  • Award Distribution and Pitch: November 9th (at TiECon Detroit)

The Benefits
TiE 20 winners will be honored with awards of excellence in front of hundreds of Entrepreneurs, VCs, Angels, Industry Experts and Professionals at TiECon Detroit 2017. They will also get to be present their companies to the conference attendees. TiE 20 winners will get special invitations to premium networking sessions at TiECon and will also be part of ongoing recognition from TiE Detroit throughout the year. More importantly, they will get access to TiE’s powerful global entrepreneurial ecosystem that is dedicated to fostering and enhancing entrepreneurship.

What are the requirements? Are there any fees?
There are no fees involved in this program. All we require is the presence of the company's CEO or Founder to receive the Award and present the company at TiECon Detroit. As an additional benefit, TiE 20 presenters will have a complimentary invitation to attend the entire TiECon Detroit 2017 Conference.

Further Questions, please contact:
Luxmi Dutt (248) 635-8286,   Alicia (248) 254-4022,   Email: tie20@tiecondetroit.org