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TiE50 Awards Program

Recognizing World's Most Successful Technology Startups


TiE50 awards program incorporates standard multiple regression techniques combined with comprehensive evaluation, screening and judging processes. All processes are designed and validated at various levels to deliver a transparent, robust and fool-proof system.

1. Register your company for TiE50: Any individual, founder, CTO, or authorized representative of a technology start-up can register their company. Nominating individual must use a website domain email address. Registration can only be done exclusively online on the TiE50 portal Incomplete nominations or incorrect contact details automatically disqualify the registry. No further contact will be made. Successfully completed registrations are automatically confirmed by email. Thousands of companies representing virtually every technology hotbed community worldwide participate each year.

2. Qualification: Companies are first qualified by ensuring that they meet the criteria set for what constitutes a start-up. To qualify, companies must be privately held and less than 7 years old. More than 2000 tech start-ups are screened each year.

3. Segment Expert Screening: A team of carefully chosen panel of segment experts with direct domain experience will screen the companies. Scoring is done on each company's IP, business model, and team. This process pares down the 2000+ applicant pool to 300 best-of-breed semi-finalists. This pool is further vetted through a second level of selection process by a group of accomplished well rounded judges to pare down the pool to 100 finalists who are recognized as TiE50 Top Start-ups.

4. Top-Startups Value Proposition & Conference Registration: It is mandatory for all 100 finalists to attend TiEcon. They 50 winners are announced at TiE Inflect.

5. Registration & Program Fees: There will be no direct or indirect fee for participating and attending the conference. It is mandatory for all 100 finalists to attend TiEcon. Each finalist company will be offered a free registration to the conference. Additional registrations from same company are offered at a 50% discount (maximum of 3 per Top Start-up). Registration privileges include full-conference access including meals for the two days of the conference.

6. Why Participate?
a. A coveted "Winner" or "Top Start-up" (Finalist) recognition from TiE Silicon Valley, a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.
b. Access to the TiEcon Media Lounge and Tech Press to pitch your story.
c. Two full conference registrations with all privileges including meals.
d. Exhibit in the trending tech pavilion of Startup Expo at the conference. Booth purchases are subject to availability within the suited domains on first come basis.

5. General Judging Process: This select list is further subjected to a higher level of diligence and screening by the expert panel of judges who are Serial Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, CEOs, and well-rounded Technology Experts. Upon final submission, the scores will be locked-in and validated. The short-listed companies are announced as "TiE50 Top Startups".

6. Confidentiality: Judges' identities, their affiliations, company representations, scoring patterns, and all information related to their participation in the TiE50 selection process will be held confidential. Judges will work independently and will not know the scores or identities of the other judges. Judges are selected only by invitation and are subject to TiE Silicon Valley's strict confidentiality and disclosure guidelines.

7. Validation: Judging process is monitored for time expended and scoring consistencies. Final scores are further validated to eliminate extreme scoring patterns. All qualified judge scores are consolidated for all three parameters and weighted.

8. Top Start-up Announcements: A list of "TiE50 Top Start-ups" will be announced categorized by key domain. These companies are chosen based on their mix of attributes that demonstrate the highest probability of success. This select group goes through another last round of judging.

9. Online Video Presentations: All ranked top startups may upload a 5-minute video about themselves through the application portal for display and viewing to a vast global audience channeled through the TiE network and its websites.

10. TiEcon Live Presentations: Fast-track companies are recognized as top startups in trending tech domains - Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Autonomous Vehicles & Connected Cars, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Cryptocurrencies, HealthTech, MarTech, Internet of Things, AR/VR, Drones and Cloud Services. Limited number of top startups may present to a live audience within their suited tracks as sponsored speakers in the presence of distinguished top tier venture captilist enterprise CXOs and other influencers. Contact our sponsorship team for details.

11. Winner Announcements: The very best of the best "TiE50 Winners" are announced at TiE Inflect in the presence of a live audience.