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CARNEGIE MELLON VENTURE CHALLENGE

Annual national startup competition to win seed funding, legal services, and mentorship.

Demo Day April 8th, 2023

We believe in great ideas.

Student teams that compete at CMU VC are truly offered a unique value proposition - exposure, funding, and feedback. Early-stage companies require significant prototyping funds before a working product can materialize. In order to help teams grow from the experience, the CMU VC aims to objectively reward innovative teams with capital, services, and constructive feedback from experts in a variety of technical and legal domains.

Timeline

Application Opens

Application Deadline

Finalists Announced

Demo Day

 January 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

March 15, 2023

April 8, 2023

2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Tim Zheng is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apollo.io. Apollo, YCombinator alumni, recently announced a Series C led by Sequoia Capital of $110 million, bringing their total funding to over $150 million. Before launching Apollo in 2015, the Massachusetts-born entrepreneur founded, built, and sold e-learning platform BrainGenie. Zheng graduated from MIT in 2011, where he studied Math and CS.

Tim Zheng

CEO AND COFOUNDER OF APOLLO

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Explore CMU VC

For each of the finalists, the CMU VC brings together a strong network of resources, including mentorship from serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, and the opportunity to present and pitch to a panel of judges and the city of Pittsburgh.

2023 Schedule of Events:

12:00 pm Introductions and Keynote Speaker

12:30 pm: Startup Pitches (Part I)

2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 pm: Startup Pitches (Part II)

4:00 pm: Networking Session and Judges' Deliberation

4:30 pm: Awards

Apply to CMU VC

CMU VC offers teams a chance at unlocking more of their potential, enabling innovators to truly push their creations to the limit.

Our past sponsors

Want to help launch the generation of innovators? Contact us for information about sponsoring, judging, and speaking at the CMU VC 2023.

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