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

2016 McGinnis Venture Competition Winners

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Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

Graduate Track:

First Place: Blast Radius is building easy-to-use, inexpensive tools to deliver big data insights by using maps generated on the fly to create visualizations that are accessible, personal and explorable. Team includes Alison Alvarez (CS '07; TPR '17), JiaJia Zhang (TPR '18), Derek Gregg (TPR '18), Tomer Borenstein (CIT '15; CIT '18) and Ming Xing (CFA '18).

First Place: Forest Devices is providing a non-invasive, diagnostic technology that can identify stroke in ambulances, nursing homes and other pre-hospital environments. Team includes Matt Kesinger (HC '17), Dan Willis and Steve Morrow.

Third Place: Micetro (pronounced “mice-tro”) is an online marketplace that uses real money to buy and sell digital game goods for the PC game “CounterStrike: Global Offensive” (CS:GO). Team includes Thomas Shelley (HC '17), John McCutcheon and Nathan Hefner.

Undergraduate Track:

First Place: Flagtag is changing location-based advertising through an interactive map that motivates users to “capture” virtual flags in targeted places. Team includes Blake Chasen (TPR '16), Jesse Mendelson (TPR '16), Matt Hillman (DC '17), Omar El-Sadany (CS '16) and Ian Go (DC '16).

Second Place: e. e. books, a company changing the publishing landscape of enhanced e-books, is developing software that enables writers to easily create media-rich e-books for electronic reading devices. Team inlcudes Eleanor Haglund (DC '16) and Melody Ting (CMU '18).

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 Tuesday, March 22, 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

2017 Important Dates & Deadlines

Stay tuned for more information.