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.


How to Apply

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


Entry Requirements

Cornell affiliation or New York State connection

The Prizes


1st Place Prize


2nd Place Prize


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.

Last Year’s Winners


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