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

Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program

Scholars, please reserve the following times for program events

Fridays starting Sept. 2 from 1:30pm-2:30pm
Inaugural Dinner - one evening during the first week of classes (TBD)
Silicon Valley Trek - January 8 - January 14, 2017
Starting Your Startup Workshop, Saturday, January 28, 9:30am-4pm

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

Innovation Scholars Program

Benefits of the Innovation Scholars Program

  • 12 week summer internship at a startup
  • 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 2017
  • 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
  • 12 week summer internship at a Startup
  • 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.

CIE Calendar

Scholars Meetings Spring 2017

Friday 1:30-2:30pm

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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Application for the 2016-17 Undergraduate Innovation Scholars program has closed. 

Check Back in September 2017