Events and Opportunities-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University


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

Design Thinking for Startups

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 12-2 pm

Learn design thinking, an important factor in startup success. Meet with Tim Fletcher, whose decades of experience in design thinking will help you develop products, services and a business model. Email to schedule an appointment.

Financial Accounting for Startups

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Accurate financial statements and projections are crucial for business planning, managing day-to-day business and are an essential component when raising capital. Meet with Brian Finneran, CPA and learn about financial reporting, forecasting, cash flow management and general accounting. Email for an appointment.

Startup Strategy and Advice

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 2-4pm

Get advice on your startup idea from serial entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor, John Seiffer. John specializes in:

  • Customer Development - defining and prioritizing hypothesis to test and find the right tools to test
  • Business Model definition - understanding how unit economics works (or doesn't) with what you're learning
  • Team Interactions and responsibilities

Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Hardware Design Consulting for Startups

Date: Thursday, June 23, 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.


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.



To enhance the way consumers interact with brands, Snaps has built the leading marketing platform in mobile messaging. Over 85 of the world’s top global brands use Snaps to create experiences, engage audiences and measure results—including iMessage, Kik, Facebook Messenger and Viber. Based in New York, the fast-growing company seeks an Interactive Producer to focus on its Asian markets. Candidates must be fluent in Chinese/Mandarin to translate US-based experiences for apps like WeChat. Learn more.


Jetpack Workflow, located in Pittsburgh's East End, helps professional service firms handle recurring client work and people logistics. Built on Rails and Javascript, the company seeks a full-time, senior developer to join its growing team. Ideal candidates should be passionate about solving problems and working with a collaborative team, which includes three other developers and a product manager. Jetpack, a former AlphaLab and LaunchCMU participant, currently supports thousands of paying customers across seven countries. Learn more.


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.


HeroX is a platform, similar to Kickstarter, that allows anyone to post their own competition. Its new competition, Patterns for Success Challenge, is an incentive for developing adult learning curriculum. Applicants are required to design a leadership program that will boost the efforts of small businesses. In addition to a $25K prize, the winner of the challenge will receive support to help design their program. Apply by July 13, 2016.


TravelWits is a Pittsburgh-based online travel search engine that saves money for travelers by recommending cost-effective travel itineraries that minimize the total cost of a trip. The company seeks a full-time software engineer, ideally with experience in full-stack web development in ASP.NET, MVC/Angular JS, to further develop its technology. Find out more and apply.


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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