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

Congrats to the McGinnis Venture Competition Winners

Innovation and entrepreneurship took center stage at Carnegie Mellon University’s 2015 McGinnis Venture Competition, a cross-campus entrepreneurial challenge in which students compete for $60,000 in investments for their startup companies.

Five winners were announced March 26 at the conclusion of the multi-round competition, sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Graduate Track:

First Place: Rorus, Inc. is developing a new class of water purifiers based on nanoparticle technology. The company’s first working prototype targets the $70 billion market of emergency response after natural disaster.

Second Place: DataSquid uses data visualization science to unlock the power of big data on mobile and desktop computers. With the help of cutting-edge multitouch visualization technology, DataSquid delivers faster decisions and deeper insights anywhere and anytime.

Third Place: Nebulus Audio is the only real-time project management and arrangement platform for making music. Find collaborators to help finish your projects or add your talent to other's songs, all while making the collaboration process as fast and simple as possible.

Undergraduate Track:

First Place: Soterias Medical is developing a new electronic injection system for introducing stem cells into the skin of patients enrolled in therapeutic studies and clinical trials. The new system decreases the chances that the stem cells will be dead or contaminated, and increases the success of stem cell therapy for wounds, rashes and burns.

Second Place: VIT is a consumer electronics company focusing on bringing the medical and biotechnology advancements to the masses. VIT aims to change an industry lacking consumer-driven designs and functionalities by providing simple, elegant solutions. The company’s first product is a smart knee brace.

A Cross-Campus Venture Competition

We are excited to announce the McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University’s global 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 on their 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 26, 2015

Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2016 competition.


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

Requirement and Guidelines

View the submission requirements and guidelines.


Meet the McGinnis Venture Competition judges.


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


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 Competition

Stay tuned for the schedule!

2015 Winners

Graduate Track:
Rorus, Inc.
Nebulus Audio

Undergraduate Track:
Soterias Medical

Rorus, Inc.

2015 First Place Graduate Track: Rorus, Inc.


2015 Second Place Graduate Track: DataSquid

Nebulus Audio

2015 Third Place Graduate Track: Nebulus Audio

Soterias Medical

2015 First Place Undergraduate Track: Soterias Medical


2015 Second Place Undergraduate Track: VIT

2014-2015 Important Dates & Deadlines

Mon, Nov 10: Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Constraints Released

Mon, Dec 1: Registration Opens

Mon, Jan 19: Registration Deadline (Extended)
Round 1 Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 1 Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Tues, Jan 27: Teams Notified; Round 2 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Thurs, Feb 12: Round 2 Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 2 Updated Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Tues, Feb 24:
Teams Notified; Round 3 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Tues, March 17:
Round 3 Mini-Business Plan [pdf] Due

Thu, March 26: Live Final Round-Held at Carnegie Mellon University, Jared L. Cohon University Center

Check out our calendar for more important dates, deadlines and events.