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The McGill Dobson Cup

Mission Statement:

To nurture start-up ideas into real businesses by providing the opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase and develop their ideas, with the chance to win seed funding and world-class mentorship.

What is the McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition?

The McGill Dobson Cup enables budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive valuable advising and a chance to win start-up capital for their enterprise. Seasoned professionals provide feedback and mentorship to each team in order to help develop their ideas and successfully realize their goals.

Prizes to be Won

Teams who are considered as having the most innovative and viable concepts, and that show distinct growth potential, are awarded from over $100,000 in prize money and other services. The competition embodies experiential learning at its best and provides students with invaluable feedback, mentorship and networking opportunities.

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, you will meet other like-minded entrepreneurs at McGill and develop your personal and professional skills.

How do I win?

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

Who can compete?

The McGill Dobson Cup Start-Up Competition is open to everyone. The only requirement is that teams comprise one to five individuals, of which at least one member is required to be a McGill student, faculty, staff, or alumnus. McGill Alumnus and participants from the general population are only allowed to compete if they have graduated within the last five years.

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.

"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


The MDC would like to thank The National Bank of Canada for having donated $500,000 to create a start-up accelerator fund.

Key dates:

Phase 1

February 19 - 26, 2015 – Registration and two page business plan due

Phase 2

March – Qualifying teams asked to submit ten page business plan
March 25, 2015 – Qualifying Social Enterprise teams present to judges
March 26, 2015 – Qualifying For Profit teams present to judges


April 2015 – Qualifying teams asked to submit fifteen page business plan
May 06, 2015 – Qualifying teams present final social enterprise plan to judges
May 07, 2015 – Qualifying teams present final business plan to judges

Our sponsors:

The MDC would like to thank The National Bank of Canada for having donated $500,000 to create a start-up accelerator fund at McGill.

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