undergraduate Innovation Scholar Program
Attracts the brightest and best of the next generation of innovative thinkers and doers
Unique, two year program integrates academic coursework, experiential learning and entrepreneurial mentorship
Apply April 1 - 15, interviews follow
Benefits - undergraduate Innovation Scholar
- 12 week paid summer internship at a startup between your junior and senior years (up to $6,000)
- Internship could be at your own start-up
- $1,000 grant to attend the Silicon Valley Trek
- One year TiE Pittsburgh membership
- One year MIT Enterprise Forum membership
- Spark Grants for specific projects
Requirements - undergraduate Innovation Scholar
- Current second year students in the second semester in ANY school or college at Carnegie Mellon University
- Two year program, third and fourth years
- Successful completion of one intro entrepreneurship course (see list below)
- Participate in workshops and other events, document participation
- Explore entrepreneurial opportunities with graduate students
- Mentor those who follow you as Innovation Scholars
Introductory Entrepreneurship Courses
- 70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
70-414 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers (Technology-based Entrepreneurship – CIT)
70-420 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Scientists
- 70-421 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists cross listed as 15-390 Computer Science
Submit applications to Mary Widom
Please combine parts 1 and 2 into a single pdf document and submit to Mary Widom firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use this subject line in you email:
Innovation Scholar Application, Jane Smith
Part 1: Resume (1 pg max) attached to
Part 2: Personal Statement (2 pg max) including your
a. Entrepreneurial passions
b. Goals (internship, immediately post-graduation, long-term)
c. Programs, courses and events you have attended while at CMU
d. Past and current entrepreneurial successes and failures
e. Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem
f. Role of the undergraduate Innovation Scholar program in achieving your goals
Both attached documents in 10-pt Arial font, 1.5 space, 1 inch margins in [pdf] format
Optional: Two letters of recommendations sent directly to Mary Widom by the April 15 deadline. (1 page max each, 10-pt Arial font, 1.5 space, 1 inch margins)
Recommendations welcome from high school or Carnegie Mellon people.
For detailed information please download a copy of the Undergraduate Innovation Scholar Program Curriculum [.pdf]
Questions?Mary Widom or Kit Needham
undergraduate Innovation Scholar Program Goals
- Increase the number of successful startups initiated by or involving CMU undergraduate students.
- Broaden our undergraduates’ awareness of, education in, and involvement with the Carnegie Mellon Innovation Ecosystem.
- Engage alumni and entrepreneurial experts through programs and mentorship for enhancement of the student experience and innovation ecosystem.
The undergraduate Innovation Scholar Program was created through the endowment from the McCune Foundation in 2013. The purpose of the grant is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among undergraduate students.
Innovate Today: Starting Your Start-up Workshop
- What: Innovate Today: Starting Your Start-up
- Who: First and Second year undergraduates all CMU colleges
- When: 2015
- Where: to be announced
- Why: Learn how to evaluate a business idea.
- How: Student teams with coaches from recent CMU start-ups
No experience needed
For All CMU first and second year undergraduatesSelect your team, or be assigned
Business ideas welcome
Explore. Collaborate. Discover.