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 as 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 priceless interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback on their ventures.

This multi-round competition will kick off in late November, starting with two virtual rounds and culminate in a final live round celebration in Pittsburgh on March 6, 2014.


Find out why you should compete and take a look at eligibility details, requirements and guidelines and judging criteria.

Registration for the 2014 competition open!

Requirement and Guidelines

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.

For more information contact Allyson Hince.


The McGinnis Venture Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from Gerald E. McGinnis, founder of Respironics.

For more information contact Allyson Hince.

Important Dates & Deadlines

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

Mon, Nov 11: Registration Opens

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

Fri, Dec 20: Teams Notified and 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

March 6: Live Final Round

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