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Cornell Emerging Markets Institute Pitch Competition 2021

About Mark Mobius Emerging Markets Institute Pitch Competition 2021

As the role of emerging multinational businesses evolves, the Mark Mobius EMI Pitch Competition challenges teams to think creatively, innovate and adapt their approaches and technologies to solve pressing issues in the emerging markets.

Early-stage startups, which benefit ESG, are encouraged to apply here.

Important Dates:

Team Submissions Due on October 10th, 2021

We welcome team nominations or submissions until October 10, 2021, or 100 applications are received. Each application must have demonstrated a working prototype ready to be validated by users in an emerging market.

Finalists Compete on November 5, 2021

Ten finalists will be notified by October 15, 2021, with an invitation to present their ideas at the Emerging Markets Institute’s annual conference. Pitches will be live-streamed and optionally virtual for teams who cannot travel to the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, USA.


$10,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winning team, and an additional $5,000 awarded to the runner-up. The finalists will also gain access to networking, coaching and mentorship opportunities provided by Cornell University’s Big Red Ventures. EMI may also feature finalists on its website, annual presentations, and reports for additional team visibility.

Submission Guidelines

1.  Interested teams should email contactemi@cornell.edu with any questions on our evaluation criteria and find out if their university hosts a separate nomination round.

2.  Submit a pitch deck or presentation of your pitch deck here.

3.  That’s it! Practice giving a 3 to 5-minute presentation about your venture once you’ve submitted. You will hear from us by October 15, 2021, if you’ve been selected for the global competition.   

For any questions, please feel free to reach us at emiconference@cornell.edu

We look forward to hearing from you!