Carnegie Mellon University

Vitro Innovation Grand Challenge

Register for the Challenge here 

The Vitro Innovation Grand Challenge is a university-wide competition at Carnegie Mellon University open to all students and alumni to generate innovative ideas for its premier glass production company. 

Vitro is presenting five individual prompts available for submission.  The company is looking for ideas that have the potential to become successfully implemented into its growing diverse industries portfolio that includes architectural, automotive and cosmetics glass products. 

Top ideas will be awarded portions of a $9,000 prize.


Challenge Details

Register for the Vitro Innovation Grand Challenge

All current CMU students, Faculty, and Alumni are eligible to participate

Click here to access challenge prompts, evaluation criteria, and to begin your submission

Prompt Information

Teams or individuals may enter one submission per prompt

Register to access the five prompts pertaining to the following areas:

- Architectural Glass
- Automotive Glass
- Industrial Byproduct Uses
- Drone Prototype Development
- Glass Cosmetics Containers


Challenge Contact Information 

For questions regarding challenge access, eligibility, and challenge details, please email:

For questions regarding prompt details or for further information about Vitro, please email:


Challenge Prize Breakdown

1st prize: $5,000

2nd prize: $3,000

3rd prize: $1,000

Fall 2020 Dates and Details

Registration Opens: September 12, 2020 

Vitro Innovation Challenge kickoff session: September 21, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom: Register here

Mentor Match Closes: October 2, 2020
If registered by this date, you will be assigned a Swartz Mentor

Challenge Mid-Point check-in: October 13, 2020
Virtual, TBD
Office hours online with Swartz Center EIRs and Vitro

Project submission due: October 27, 2020

Finalists Pitch Presentations and winners announced at the Corporate Startup Lab Forum November 12, 2020