McGinnis Venture Competition-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

A Cross-Campus Venture Competition

We are excited to announce the McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s community of student entrepreneurs.

The McGinnis Venture Competition brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60k in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback about ventures.

This multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration at Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Registration opens Monday, November 2, 2015 via iStart

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2016

For Competitors

Find out why teams should compete and view the eligibility details, requirements, guidelines and judging criteria.

Requirements and Guidelines

View the submission requirements and guidelines.


Deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2016. To be assigned a coach register by Tuesday, December 1.


The competition will include assigned coaches for register by Tuesday, December 1. The CIE staff will match the appropriate team with an appropriate coach.

If a team is not registered by Tuesday, December 1, the CIE cannot guarantee an assigned coach.


Meet the McGinnis Venture Competition judges.


Sponsor the competition and help our students take their entrepreneurial achievements to the next level.


View past McGinnis Venture Competition winners.


The McGinnis Venture Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from Gerald E. McGinnis, founder of Respironics.

McGinnis Sponsors

For more information contact Allyson Hince.

CIE Calendar

2016 Important Dates & Deadlines

Mon, November 2: Registration Opens. Competition Application Requirements Released

Tues, December 1: Register on iStart to be guaranteed an assigned coach for the the competition
For those who register after Tuesday, December 1, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned a coach for the competition

Tues, January 19: Round 1 Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 1 Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Mon, February 1: Teams Notified; Round 2 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Mon, February 22: Round 2 Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 2 updated Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Thurs, March 3: Teams Notified; Round 3 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Thurs, March 24: Round 3 Mini-Business Plan [pdf] Due

Thurs, March 31: Live Final Round will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Jared L. Cohon University Center