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LaunchCMU: Smart Cities

Wednesday, May 25, 206
Oracle Conerence Center, Redwood Shores, CA

2:30 pm Demo & Poster Session
3:30 pm Showcase of Talks
5 pm Networking Reception


The highly anticipated LaunchCMU Technology Startup and Research Showcase returns to Silicon Valley with the theme Smart Cities.

Join the investment experts who look to CMU for technology breakthroughs, see emerging technologies, products and services from CMU-related startups and enjoy fast-paced presentations. Find out more.

Sign up to showcase your venture in the Demo and Poster Exhibition.


All office hours take place at Project Olympus, 4620 Henry Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, phone (412) 268-2560

Financial Accounting for Startups - New!

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Accurate financial statements and projections are crucial for business planning and managing day-to-day business activity. They are also an essential component when raising capital. If you have questions regarding financial reporting, forecasting, cash flow management and general accounting questions, email Brian Finneran, CPA at to schedule an appointment.

Patent and Trademark Strategy

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Time: 12-2 pm

David Oberdick, Meyer Unkovic & Scott, counsels companies and individuals on intellectual property matters including:

• patents
• trademarks
• copyrights
• trade secrets
• software and technology licensing

David also helps with matters concerning entity formation, financing, acquisition, due diligence and employment and independent contractor agreements. Email to schedule an appointment.

Intellectual Property/Advice and Strategy

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Commercializing a new idea or product? Introducing a new brand or service to the market? Find out how to protect your ideas, products, brands or services from competitors, and learn the right IP legal strategies to help decrease these risks from Chip Dougherty, Beck & Thomas, P.C. Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Hardware Design Consulting for Startups

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 12-1 pm

Need help designing the hardware for your startup? Get advice from Ramsay Hartley of Arrow Electronics, a global provider of products and services. Arrow specializes in IoT, semiconductors (passives, capacitors, electromechanical and connectors) and power supplies for all applications. Contact to schedule an appointment.

Global Markets–Opportunities and Challenges

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 2-4 pm

Are you considering global markets for your products or services or have questions based on an international inquiry? Specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, will provide counseling on issues related to global market development. Contact or to schedule
an appointment.

Starting a Business on an Immigration Visa

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 9-11 am

Starting a business and here on an F-1 visa? Does another student on an F-1 visa want to assist you with your startup? Find out more about this important subject with John Brendel, director at Cohen & Grigsby. After first meeting with CMU's Office of International Education (required), email to schedule a 20 minute session.

Legal Office Hours

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 3-5 pm

Lawyers from Saul Ewing, LLP will hold free office hours for the CMU startup community. Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.


Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) Office Hours

Have a research innovation you'd like to commercialize? Licensing managers at CTTEC hold office hours around campus. Check the schedule for locations and times.

Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Office Hours

Are you a female entrepreneur seeking guidance for your idea? The Chatham CWE conducts office hours on Mondays from 12-2 pm. Call 412-365-1253 or send an email to
to schedule an appointment.


Find out more about Pittsburgh's software accelerator, AlphaLab, by signing up for office hours.



Panel Event

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 5:30-8 pm

Learn about funding opportunities for IoT startups at an Internet of Things Panel event with the leadership team from Techstars IoT Accelerator, AlphaLab Gear, Uber ATC and Birchmere Ventures.

Office Hours: Techstars IoT Accelerator

Date: Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 27, 2016

Find out more about the Techstars IoT Accelerator, a 15-week, mentor-driven program, during office hours. Contact to schedule a 30 minute appointment. Time slots are limited.

Apply to Techstars IoT. Connect at, or register for upcoming events.


Nationally ranked accelerator, Alphalab Gear, is accepting applications for their next cycle. Physical product startups including manufactured products, Internet of Things, robotics, connected devices, health, fashion and hardware will all be accepted.

AlphaLab Gear provides a $50K initial investment, mentorship, collaborative work space and other support to help launch your company.

Apply by May 31, 2016. Contact AlphaLab Gear for more information.


The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) U Innovation Fund is a new funding competition that aims to source, support and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide by providing critical, early-stage seed funding. Selected scholars will receive funding to advance projects that fit CGI’s Commitments to Action model and an invitation to attend CGI U 2017.

The Innovation Fund is open to anyone 18 years of age or older currently enrolled in college.

Prospective applicants can submit their project ideas in an online pre-application by June 27, 2016. Only pre-applicants whose projects best fit the selection criteria will be invited to submit a full application in July 2016.


Interested in working for a startup? Apply for job or internship opportunities from startups that are working with Pittsburgh's Innovation Works, AlphaLab or AlphaLab Gear.

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