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McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition


19 Mar 2014
26 Mar 2014

Now accepting applications.

Click here to register your start-up into the competition

Click here for competition guidelines


An opportunity for promising entrepreneurs to present their business and social enterprise ideas to seasoned business experts for feedback, mentorship, and a chance to win start-up capital.


Over $60,000 in prize money will be given out between the for profit & social entreprise tracks.

While prize money is great, no matter what the outcome you will benefit from helpful recommendations to help grow and advance your business ideas. In addition to the prizes, you will meet other like-minded entrepreneurs at McGill and develop your personal and professional skills.


Judging will focus on innovation, viability, and growth potential - as presented by the teams.


This competition is open to ALL McGill students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  All MDC teams must comprise one to five individuals, of which at least one member must have a McGill affiliation.

 Nearly 70% of submitted proposals in 2013 were from outside the Desautels Faculty of Management, including Science, Law, Music, Engineering, Medicine, Arts, Education, and Music.


  • Since 2011, the McGill Dobson Cup has attracted over 450 innovators and helped create 28 start-ups (of which over 70% are still active) and 70 new jobs.
  • Social entrepreneurship strives to solve social problem using innovative, sustainable, scalable, and measurable approaches. To meet growing demand, the Social Enterprise track was introduced 2011 and offers $20K/year to winning ideas.
  • "The quality and depth of feedback and mentorship are simply world class. While the primary goal for our team was to develop a sustainable business from the ground up by leveraging the McGill entrepreneurial ecosystem, the experience also enabled personal growth. It has been an opportunity for me to push boundaries and see just how far I can go." – Grant Yim, Start-up: HypeJar, 2013 Dobson Cup 1st Place Winner

“Entrepreneurship requires an incredible amount of hustle and a positive outlook even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The McGill Dobson Cup gave me the legitimacy to convince others that my idea could work.” – Avery Rueb, Start-up: Zuub, 2012 Dobson Cup, 2nd place

WHEN? (Mark your calendar!)

MDC Boot Camp

      Event date: January 31, 2014

      Registration for the MDC Boot Camp opens December 9, 2013. See MDC Boot Camp for full details.

Phase 1

      March 19 - 26, 2014 – Registration and two page business plan due

Phase 2

      April 15, 2014 – Qualifying teams asked to submit ten page business plan  

      April 23, 2014 – Qualifying Social Enterprise teams present to judges        

      April 24, 2014 – Qualifying For Profit teams present to judges

Phase 3

      May 9, 2014 – Qualifying teams asked to submit fifteen page business plan

      May 28, 2014 – Qualifying teams present final social enterprise plan to judges

      May 29, 2014 – Qualifying teams present final business plan to judges

Follow this link for full McGill Dobson Cup contest guidelines and rules

Follow this link to pre-register for the MDC.

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