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 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.


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

2015 Finalists Announced

American Robotics



Legal Analytics

Nebulus Audio


Novel Stem Cell Delivery Device

PalpAid Technologies

Project Thoosa

Rorus, Inc.

VIT Bracer

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.