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 take a look at eligibility details, requirements and guidelines, and judging criteria.

Requirement and Guidelines

View the submission requirements and guidelines.


Meet the 2014 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.

2014-2015 Important Dates & Deadlines

Stay tuned for more...

2013-2014 Important Dates & Deadlines

Mon, Nov 4: Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Constraints Released

Mon, Nov 11: Registration Opens

Mon, Dec 9: Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 1 Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Fri, Dec 20: Teams Notified; Round 2 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Sun, Jan 26: Round 2 Updated Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Fri, Feb 28: Mini-Business Plan [pdf] Due

Thu, March 6: Live Final Round will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, University Center, Connan Room

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