Carnegie Mellon University

Innovation Scholars 2025

Innovation Scholars Program

The Innovation Scholars program fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and seeks to increase the number of successful startup companies initiated by or involving Carnegie Mellon University’s undergraduate students.

Scholars complete a two-year program integrating

  • academic coursework
  • work experience in a startup company
  • networking
  • mentorship — given as well as received

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

Applications were open through April 5, 2024. Early applications were encouraged.

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Innovation Scholars Group

innovation scholars event


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.

  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.

Innovation Scholars at Accel


  • Innovation Scholars with their own startup receive $6,000 stipend for the 12 weeks of summer work
  • $1,200 grant to explore startup companies during the "Silicon Valley Trek" in January 2021
  • Membership and/or reimbursement to attend local events
  • Special invitations to events
  • Individual mentoring
  • Spark Grants for specific projects (if available)
  • Cohort and community building with current and alumni Innovation Scholars

Innovation Scholars Group


  • Applications accepted by current second year students in the second semester in ANY school or college at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Entrepreneurial exploration and experience before applying is strongly encouraged
  • Able to meet weekly
  • Two year program,  (Junior/Senior year)
  • Successful completion of one intro entrepreneurship course
  • Participate in workshops and other events, document participation
  • Mentor those who follow you as Innovation Scholars

Innovation Scholars at SV Campus

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


Scholars, reserve the following times for program events

  • Weekly Meetings - Fridays starting in September from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Inaugural Dinner - Fall 2024
  • Silicon Valley Trek - January 2025