Competitors-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University


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

Please note: competitive teams will use all feedback from previous rounds to their advantage.

Why Compete?

Grand Prizes

Teams will compete for the chance to win investments worth a total of $60K investments.*

*Investments are awarded in the form of a convertible note.

Multiple Networking Opportunities

Meet and interact with peers who are also passionate about entrepreneurship and gain access to Carnegie Mellon’s amazing entrepreneurial alumni network. Teams from all rounds will enjoy access to exclusive networking events.

Help Along the Way

CONNECTS events are held throughout the year to help teams accelerate and find their way. Final round teams will prepare with the help of a dedicated mentor that has a background in an applicable industry.


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

Registration open!

Eligibility Details

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 1

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 2

Requirements and Guidelines: Round 3

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

Judging Criteria