Undergraduate Innovation Scholars-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

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
  • networking
  • mentorship--given as well as received

This selective program attracts the next generation of innovative thinkers and doers.

2015-16 Innovation Scholars

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

2014-15 Innovation Scholars


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

Requirements

  • 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

  1. Increase the number of successful startups initiated by or involving CMU undergraduate students.
  2. Broaden our undergraduates’ awareness of, education in, and involvement with the Carnegie Mellon Innovation Ecosystem.
  3. 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.

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Deadline: February 7, 2016
Interviews: February 2016
Acceptance: March 2016
Kick-off Meeting: Sept. 2016

Spring 2016 Term Scholars Will Meet: Fridays, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

2015 - 2016 Important Dates and Deadlines

September 1: Welcome Dinner
September 12: Entrepreneruship Bootcamp
September 21: First Meeting
September 25: Swartz Fellows meet
October 2-4: Hack-A-Startup
October 8: LaunchCMU
November 9: Applications Open
November 16-20: Global Entrepreneurship Week
January 4-8: 2016 Innovation Scholars Trek to Silicon Valley
January 30: Starting Your Startup Workshop
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