Cornell Venture Challenge / $10,000


BR Venture Fund is seeking applications for the Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC)!

The Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC) is Cornell University’s prestigious Business Plan Competition. On April 19, 2012, during the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration event a select group of applicants will get the chance to pitch new and exciting business ideas to a panel of professional investors and entrepreneurs. The winners of the competition will earn a $10,000 cash prize (non-dilutive funding) to push their ideas forward.

This competition provides a way for burgeoning entrepreneurial ideas/teams to gain experience, exposure, and financing to help launch successful ventures. The teams selected to compete will receive pitch experience including preparation and feedback from seasoned professionals. In the past this unique exposure has led to follow-on investment and formal advisor relationships.

The competition is sponsored by BR Venture Fund (BRV), a student-run venture capital fund at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.


  • 1st: $10,000
  • 2nd: $2,500
  • 3rd: $1,000

CCTEC (Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization) may double the prize money by applying the Cornell Technology Transfer Prize to winners who use intellectual property developed at Cornell and disclosed to CCTEC before CVC application submission.

Please visit the CVC homepage for timeline and application details!  Feel free to email Zach Casavant at with any questions.

Applications are due by March 2nd, 2012!