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Requirements and Guidelines

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a three-round business competition, the first two rounds virtual and the final round live. Submission requirements and guidelines can be found below.


Teams interested in competing should carefully read the eligibility rules, requirements and guidelines and judging criteria fully (below).

Registration closed.

Deadline to apply was Monday, January 19, 2015.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2016 competition.

Eligibility Details

Track Details

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 1

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 2

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 3

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

Judging Criteria

CIE Calendar

2016 Competition

Stay tuned for the schedule!

2014-2015 Important Dates & Deadlines

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

Mon, Dec 1: Registration Opens

Mon, Jan 19: 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.