Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge

Merging the Digital and Physical Worlds

Register Your Team

Join us for the 4th Annual Competition
Registration Deadline: October 5th, 2018 at 10 PM ET
Qualification Round: October 6th - 9th, 2018
Final Round: November 16th & 17th, 2018


Apply Business Techniques to Products in Emerging Technologies

The Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge is a case competition for MBA students dedicated to applying business techniques to products in emerging technologies. Our goal is to create a community of forward-thinking students from the best technology-focused business schools in the nation.

Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the Business and Technology Club, the theme for the 2018 edition of the competition is "Merging the Digital and Physical Worlds".

2018 competition sponsors



Open until October 5, 2018,10:00 PM ET

Teams are to register their team for the competition through 
One team member will register the entire team.  Each team will be asked to provide the name and email address of each team member, as well as indicate a team leader.

Qualifying Round

October 6 - 9, 2018
Location: Virtual
Submission deadline: Tuesday, October 9th, 11:59 PM ET

Registered teams will be provided the qualification prompt at 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, October 6th then have until the deadline to submit a white paper responding to the prompt via email.

The judging committee, consisting of Tepper School of Business faculty and sponsor judges, will decide the best papers.  Selected paper authors will be asked to participate in the Final Round. Qualifying Round results will be determined by mid October.

Final Round

November 16 - 17, 2018
Location: Tepper School of Business

Winning teams from the qualifying round will compete in the final round at the Tepper School of Business. This two day event will culminate in a final presentation to a board of judges from sponsor companies and university faculty.  

Winners will be determined and awarded on November 17th.


Case competition rules and eligibility requirements

Team Composition

Each team must contain 4 members

All team members must be full-time or part-time MBA students considering internship opportunities for the summer of 2019

No changes to team members are allowed after registration


All finalist teams must register at the Tepper School of Business by 8:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Each team will be provided two hotel rooms in Pittsburgh for Thursday and Friday night.

The competition will end by 5:00 PM Saturday November 17.

All meals will be provided for during the event.

Teams are responsible for transfers to and from Pittsburgh. Transportation will be provided throughout the event.

Dress Code

Smart casual for all events, including final presentations

2017 Finalist Schools

Congratulations to our 2017 winner: UNC Kenan-flagler

2017 competition sponsors


Get in touch with the competition organizers

Send a Message

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form :(

Contact Info