What is the TiE-U MENA Program ?

The TiE University program encourages students that have an idea, product, or service that they are looking to launch into a business and who meet the eligibility criteria to apply and be part of the 2022 Program to receive professional support, access to investors, and ultimately have an opportunity to present their business concepts and compete globally for prizes reaching up to USD $100,000 including cloud credits, technology, and start-up services.

The program is aimed at fostering the future generation of entrepreneurs helping to grow their entrepreneurial ventures and ideas into a viable and sustainable business. Successful student applicants will have the opportunity to pitch ideas to investors and scale up their projects to be a part of the regional dynamic business ecosystem.


The TiE-University 2022 competition is open to all currently enrolled college students and recent graduates and postgraduates across the MENA region. Shortlisted applications from the UAE and MENA region will be shortlisted to participate in a pitch to represent the region in the Global Finals.

It is open to both idea stage entrepreneurs as well as early state start-ups where one of the founders is still in college or graduated within the preceding two academic years.


The regional winners will be selected by a panel of independent jury members comprising of successful entrepreneurs, investors, and exceptional leaders. All entries received will be evaluated on various criteria relating to the economics of the business and the ability of the applicant to be successful. These include problem definition, solution and success viability including operation and executional approach and attractiveness of business solution. They will then be mentored by TiE Dubai in preparation for their participation in the Global Finale event.


TiE-University MENA Winner flies to Silicon Valley for the global pitch competition. (flight + hotel)

Global Prizes worth $100,000 including prize of $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes ( e.g., cloud credits, technology, and startup services, etc) for the global winner.


The TiE Dubai Chapter has announced the launch of TiE University MENA Program in partnership with RAKBANK, to empower aspiring student entrepreneurs across the MENA region. Through the initiative, that has grown to be more than just a competition, TiE Dubai aims to provide ambitious collegiate start-ups in the UAE and across the Arab world with mentoring, coaching, boot camps, and learning workshops to give them a boost in their entrepreneurial journey.