Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program
This program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and seeks to increase the number of successful start-up companies initiated by or involving Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students.
Scholars complete a two-year program integrating
- academic coursework
- work experience in a start-up company
- mentorship--given as well as received
This selective program attracts the next generation of innovative thinkers and doers.
John Choi, Computer Science and Arts, 2017
Jonathan Dyer, Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Matthew Hillman, Dietrich College, Global Studies, 2017
David Lu, Computer Science, 2017
Michael Mawhinney, Tepper, 2017
Mohak Nahta, Computer Science and Economics, 2017
Hannah Salinas, College of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, 2017
Albert Topdijan, College of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, 2017
Siddhant Wadhwa, Computer Science, 2017
Innovation Scholars Program
Benefits of the Innovation Scholars Program
- 12 week summer internship at a startup between your junior and senior years
- If you accept an unpaid internship, Innovation Scholars will pay you up to $6,000 for the 12 weeks of summer work
- Internship could be at your own start-up
- $1,200 grant to explore start-up companies during the "Silicon Valley Trek" in January 2016
- Membership and/or reimbursement to attend local events
- Special invitations to events
- Individual mentoring
- Spark Grants for specific projects
- Cohort and community building with current and alumni Innovation Scholars
- Current second year students in the second semester in ANY school or college at Carnegie Mellon University
- Intern at a startup between third and fourth year
- Entrepreneurial exploration and experience before applying
- Able to meet weekly
- Two year program, third and fourth years
- Successful completion of one intro entrepreneurship course
- Participate in workshops and other events, document participation
- Mentor those who follow you as Innovation Scholars
Introductory Entrepreneurship Courses
other entrepreneurship courses may fulfill requirement
70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
70-414 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
70-421 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists cross listed as 15-390 Computer Science
70-420 Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Scientists
Undergraduate Innovation Scholars 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 Scholars 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.