Cornell Venture Challenge

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.

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How to Apply

Submit a 90-second video pitch and an investor deck:
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Timeline

Application Due – 3/20/15
Finalists Announced – 3/31/15
Competition Date – 4/16/15

Key Statistics

Prize Money – $65,000
Applications Received – 100+
Number of Years Running – 6

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Entry Requirements

Cornell affiliation or New York State connection

The Prizes

$25,000

1st Place Prize

$5,000

2nd Place Prize

$1,000

3rd Place Prize

CTL (Center for Technology Licensing) will double the prize for winning teams that use Cornell technology. All prize winners will also be reviewed by BR Venture Fund for possible investment; subject to mutual interest and mutually agreeable terms.

About CTL

 

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CTL (Center for Technology Licensing) will double the prize for winning teams that use Cornell technology. All prize winners will also be reviewed by BR Venture Fund for possible investment; subject to mutual interest and mutually agreeable terms.

Commercializing Cornell Inventions

The CTL is Cornell University’s technology transfer office. We 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.

Reflective of Cornell’s broad research endeavors, CTL manages inventions from disciplines including, but not limited to, chemistry, engineering, information technologies, materials science, medicine, plant science, and veterinary medicine. CTL licenses Cornell technologies to industry partners from all 50 states and in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Central and South America. Cornell inventions are patented in over forty countries.

Last Year’s Winners

 

* – Cornell Center for Technology and Licensing (CTL) will match the prize for any Cornell technology.