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Requirements and Guidelines

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a three-round business competition, the first two rounds are virtual and the final round is 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 (below).

Registration opens Monday, November 2, 2015 via iStart

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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 Guidelines

Coaching Guidelines

CIE Calendar

2016 Important Dates & Deadlines

Mon, November 2: Registration Opens. Competition Application Requirements Released

Tues, December 1: Declaration of Intent to Compete Due; If you register on iStart by Tuesday, December 1 you will be guaranteed to be assigned a coach for the rest of the competition; for those who register after Tuesday, December 1, we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned a coach for the competition

Tues, January 19: Round 1 Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 1 Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Mon, February 1: Teams Notified; Round 2 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Mon, February 22: Round 2 Registration Closes at 11:59 PM EST; Round 2 updated Executive Summary [pdf] and Video Pitch Due

Thurs, March 3: Teams Notified; Round 3 Begins at 5:00 PM EST

Thurs, March 24: Round 3 Mini-Business Plan [pdf] Due

Thurs, March 31: Live Final Round will be held at Carnegie Mellon University, Jared L. Cohon University Center