Competitors-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University


The McGinnis Venture Competition is a three-round competition, the first two rounds virtual and the final round live. Submission requirements and guidelines can be found below. Teams that advance to the final round should use all feedback from previous rounds to their competitive advantage.

Why Compete?

Grand Prizes

Teams compete for the chance to win investments worth a total of $60K.*

*Investments are awarded in the form of a convertible note.

Networking Opportunities

Meet and interact with peers who are also passionate about entrepreneurship, and gain access to Carnegie Mellon’s amazing entrepreneurial alumni network. Teams from all rounds enjoy access to exclusive networking events.

Help Along the Way

CONNECTS events are held throughout the year to help teams prepare. Final round teams are coached by a dedicated mentor who has a domain expertise.


Teams interested in competing should carefully read the eligibility rules, requirements and guidelines, and judging criteria (below).

Registration closed.

Eligibility Details

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 1

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 2

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 3

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

Judging Criteria