Cornell Venture Challenge

The Annual Pitch Competition hosted by the BR Venture Fund

The Challenge

The Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC) is BR Venture Fund’s Annual Pitch Competition. Five finalists will pitch exciting business ideas to an investor panel during Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration. Winners of the competition will earn up to a $50,000* cash prize from BRV to push their idea forward. The competition will take place in the Amphitheater of the Statler Hotel at Cornell University.

Applications for CVC 2017 are closed.


Statler Hotel Amphitheater
130 Statler Dr, Ithaca, NY


Key Statistics

Prize Money – $30,000*+
Applications Received – 100+
Number of Years Running – 6


Eligibility Requirements

Cornell affiliation
or New York State based company



Thursday, April 27th 2017
9:00 am – 3:00pm



Application Due: Mar 14th 2017
Finalists Announced: Apr 1st 2017
Competition Date: Apr 27th 2017



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The Prizes


1st Place Prize


2nd Place Prize


3rd Place Prize

*The Cornell Center for Technology Licensing will match the prize money for companies using technologies licensed from Cornell University.

The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University’s technology transfer office. They manage technology for Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical Colleges, Cornell Tech and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. CTL’s mission is to bring the University’s scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and medical advances to the marketplace for societal benefit and to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation.