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In the News:

CMU Startup SolePower Catching Global Attention

In a recent Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, CMU startup SolePower earns a spot on the Popular Science's 2014 Invention Awards list. SolePower's forward-thinking technology transfers the kinetic energy of forward progress into cell phone-charging electricity. The Popular Science accolade is the second major award of the year for CMU alumni and founders Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, both CIT '12, who also received the Africa Energy Awards Innovator of the Year honor.

Consumer Robotics Company Anki Releases New Updates

The Business Insider recently announced Anki's release of two new racetracks, two new robotic toy cars, and a new mode of gameplay for its racing game, called Anki DRIVE. Anki DRIVE, co-founded by CMU alumnus and CEO Boris Sofman,Ph.D, is a modernized take on slot cars, which allows you to steer your car around the track and fire weapons at your enemies using your smartphone as a game controller.

Project Olympus Showcases Entrepreneurs at Show & Tell 18

An array of Carnegie Mellon startups were on display at Project Olympus’s 18th Show and Tell last Thursday. From providing essential nutrients to solving crossword puzzles, each of the concepts used technology in novel ways. The event, which took place in the University Center’s McConomy Auditorium, featured distinguished professors and alumni, as well as students and staff. Read more.

CMU Receives $1 Million in Support of Tepper Quadrangle

Carnegie Mellon University has received a $1 million gift from alumna Gunjan Kedia, MSIA ’94, and her husband, faculty member Sridhar R. Tayur, the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management at the Tepper School of Business. This gift will be used for the construction of a 295,000 square-foot facility, the first structure within the new Tepper Quadrangle, which will house a number of strategically interconnected entities, including the university’s Tepper School of Business and the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Read more.

New Owners of H.J. Heinz Co. Offer Buyouts To All Pittsburgh Employees

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all Pittsburgh employees, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer does not signal a plan to move the company's headquarters. Find out more in the recent video news segment done by Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV, which includes commentary from Dave Mawhinney, co-director of the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

CMU Summit On US-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Date: Saturday, April 19 through Monday, April 20
Time: 8:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: CMU/University Center (#30 on map), W.L. Mellon Auditorium, Tepper School (#19 on map)
This year's CMU Summit will include panel discussions in the fields of IT, Finance, Energy,  Entrepreneurship as well as a New Venture Competition. Network with your fellow students, professionals, venture capitalists, and investors at this exciting event which is hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at CMU and supported by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In the past two years, the conference has attracted over 1,000 participants and 80 industry leaders from the US and China, and has been reported by more than 40 media including CCTV (China Central Television) and the Xinhua News Agency. Find out more.
Supported by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tepper Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club Social Night

Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Buffalo Blues, Shadyside
Join the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club (EVC) for their last networking event this year. Pittsburgh area entrepreneurs will share their experiences and engage in interesting conversations. Enjoy great appetizers and beverages. The first 60 attendees will receive tickets that can be redeemed for their first beverage.

AlphaLab Gear’s 2014 Program: Office Hours

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Project Olympus, 4620 Henry Street (map)

Applications are being accepted for AlphaLab Gear’s 2014 Program through June 1st. AlphaLab Gear is a national technology accelerator located in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. The office hours allow prospective applicants to ask questions about the application process, discuss their startup, or learn more about the program.

CONNECTS: Do It Right The First Time

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: CMU, Gates Hillman, Room 4405
Learn practical tax, accounting, and business considerations that business owners face in their first year of operations. This workshop is led by William M. Richardson, CPA, a tax partner with Sisterson & Co. LLP, where he heads up the firm's Emerging Growth Niche Team. Bill has extensive experience working with companies at all stages of growth. He is responsible for federal and state tax compliance planning for his clients and has a consulting focus on merger and acquisition transactions.
Sponsored by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Developments


An established CMU team of five is searching for a computer science student who is interested in working on a new venture. The team's goal is to make gathering consumer market data validation more efficient for both entrepreneurs and businesses. If you are interested in helping to solve this information asymmetry, contact Luke Rattay for more information.


Pittsburgh-based, early-stage startup BandPass, has an opening for a part-time social media manager to manage their social networks, attend local concerts, and contribute content to their blog. The position will start on May 1. BandPass provides a platform for musicians to book shows and small music venues using a modern ticketing system. Send cover letters and resumes to


Looking for a great internship opportunity with a cool company? The creators of Digital Dream Labs, a company that aims to mix nostalgia with the technology children crave, have launched their first product called Ludos, which uses toy puzzle pieces to control videogames. The Marketing Intern will develop and execute a marketing straegy, evaluate product brand and packaging, and research other potential markets for the new game. Send resume and questions to Justin Sabo.

Local Entrepreneurial Events

4/21         Made in PA Expo
4/22         Enterprise Forum presents: Big Deals in the Region
4/29         AlphaLab Gear Info Night
5/7-5/8     Data 2014: The Design, Art and Technology Awards Exhibition and Summit
5/20         NREC Robotics Workshop (pdf)

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