Global Entrepreneurship Week-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Celebrate the entrepreneurial and innovative culture at Carnegie Mellon University during Global Entrepreneurship Week! Be a part of the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life.

2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 16-20, 2015

Stay tuned for the 2015 schedule!

2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 17-21, 2014

CMU was recognized as an active partner for the worldwide celebration of GEW in 2014 for the number of activities held on campus. Events included a kickoff talk with Drive Capital and Formation Data Systems, office hours for students, and annual events such as the elevator pitch competition, information sessions and talks, and a startup job fair.
Stay tuned for next year’s events!

2014 Events

Drive CapitalOffice Hours with Drive Capital

Monday, November 17
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Gates Hillman Center, Room 6501

Audience: Open to the CMU community.

To kick off GEW, members of the Drive Capital team will host office hours for CMU students who have a technology business idea and want to share their innovation with the largest VC fund in the Midwest. Drive Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in innovative technology, healthcare and consumer companies. Drive is an investor in the CMU startup, No Wait.

Sponsored by Drive Capital and the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Fireside Chat Featuring Chris Olsen, Drive Capital and Andy Jenks, Formation Data Capital

Monday, November 17
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Gates Hillman Center, Rashid Auditorium

Audience: Open to the CMU community.

Join us for a special fireside chat featuring Chris Olsen, founder at Drive Capital, and Andy Jenks, cofounder and COO of Formation Data Systems. Drive Capital invests in innovative technology, healthcare and consumer companies in the Midwest. Formation Data Systems focuses on helping IT organizations realize the transformative benefits of modern computing technology by revolutionizing how data is stored, managed and delivered. Find out more about Chris and Andy. Introductions will be made by Lenore Blum, Co-Director, CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Founding Director, Project Olympus. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by Drive Capital and the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UEAElevator Pitch Competition

Monday, November 17
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Gates Hillman Center, Rashid Auditorium

Audience: Open to the CMU community.

2014 Winners:

Undergraduate Winner: Kyle Henson, Nebulus
Graduate Winner: Alvin Chou, ExpressCook
Audience Vote: Kyle Henson, Nebulus

Pitch your entrepreneurial ideas in 60 seconds to a panel of judges consisting of Chris Olsen and Mark Kvamme, founding partners at Drive Capital and Dave Mawhinney, Co-director of the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Apply for a chance to win up to $300 in prizes and receive valuable feedback on the delivery and content of your pitch. Members of the audience will vote for their favorite pitch. The competition is open to CMU undergraduate and graduate students.

Brought to you by the Tepper Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club

Start Smart: How to Conduct Patent Research Workshop

Tuesday, November 18
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305

Audience: Open to the CMU and Pittsburgh community.

Do you have an invention or product that you think can be patented? Bring your laptop to this workshop, which will be conducted by Mike Lazzara from K&L Gates, and learn how to conduct research to determine if there are patents for inventions similar to yours. You will also learn tips on how to describe your invention without infringing on other patents. Mike will be introduced by Kit Needham, Associate Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Project Olympus.

Brought to you by Project Olympus & The Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Hemai Parthasarathy

Information Session with Hemai Parthasarathy, Breakout Labs

Wednesday, November 19
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Gates Hillman, Room 6115

This information session is for anyone in the CMU community who has an  early-stage, STEM based company or pre-company looking for investment support. Hemai Parthasarathy, Scientific Director of the Thiel Foundation's Breakout Labs, will discuss investment, mentoring and networking opportunities available through the program, which helps companies achieve specific milestones crititcal to development. Breakout Labs invests up to $350k in the form of convertible grants. Come prepared to give a 1-minute elevator pitch about your company or project.

Sponsored by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Think Like an Angel

Wednesday, November 19
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
CMU/Newell Simon Hall, Room 3305

Audience: Open to the CMU community.

Modeled after VCIC, this popular event allows participants the opportunity to act as angel investors, interact with real startups and receive feedback from actual angel investors. This campus-wide event allows you to work with a cross-campus team and a chance to win prizes worth $500!  Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if interested sign up now! Open to all CMU students.

Sponsored by the CMU Graduate Entrepreneurship Club 

Startup Job Fair

Thursday, November 20
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
CMU/Newell Simon, Perlis Atrium

Audience: Open to the CMU community.

This annual event, presented by Project Olympus and the Pittsburgh Tech Meetup, brings together over 30 local startups and more than 300 applicants who are interested in working for a startup. The positions available include full-time, part time, paid and unpaid internships.

Sponsored by AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear and Pittsburgh Technology Meetup

Christian SchornichSocial Entrepreneur Luncheon and Talk: Featuring Christian Schornich, United Nations

Friday, November 21
12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
CMU/Hamburg Hall, Room 1000

Audience: Open to the CMU and Pittsburgh community.

Join the CMU Institute for Social Innovation for an informative talk given by Christian Schornich, consultant for the United Nations. Chris is an independent advisor with over 15 years of experience in management and leadership positions. Recently, he authored a comprehensive study on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of business practices in the United Nations devleopment system. Find out more about Chris.

Registration is not required. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the CMU Institute for Social Innovation


The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week @ CMU is sponsored by Drive Capital, BlueTree Allied Angels, K&L Gates, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear.

2014 GEW Organizers


For questions, please contact Sonya Ford

2013 Schedule

2013 GEW Organizers

CIE Calendar

2014 sponsors

Drive Capital

BlueTree Allied Angels


AlphaLab Gear
K&L Gates

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