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 are now closed.

Thank You for your application. Please join us at CVC on April 14th.


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 14th 2016
9:00 am – 3:00pm



Application Due: Feb 29th 2016
Finalists Announced: Mar 14th 2016
Competition Date: Apr 14th 2016



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The Prizes


Incorporation Advice**

1st Place Prize


Incorporation Advice**

2nd Place Prize


Incorporation Advice**

3rd Place Prize

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

**In addition to the prize money, winners will receive advice on how to incorporate and assistance on preparing key incorporation documents provided by Paul Hastings. (Approx value $15,000)

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.

Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Through a collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to client service, the professionals of Paul Hastings deliver innovative solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. The firm has a dynamic global practice and is widely recognized for helping its clients achieve success in some of the largest domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of industries, as well as favorably resolving complex disputes in numerous jurisdictions. Honored for its “original thinking”, in 2014 Paul Hastings was ranked in the Top 5 of the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers report for the third time in a row. In addition, the firm ranked first on the 2014 American Lawyer A-list, acknowledging its financial success and strong commitment to pro bono, diversity, and associate satisfaction.