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, April 26, 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.

Techstars IoT Accelerator

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: 3-7 pm

The Techstars IoT Accelerator helps startups that are positioned to rewire the infrastructure of the future. Find out more about the program and how to apply during office hours.

Hardware Design Consulting for Startups

Date: Thursday, April 28, 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.

Office Hours with CIE Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Time: 9 am-12 pm

Completed your MVP and looking for what to do next? Startups are about growth. Get real-world coaching on reaching your next startup milestone with CMU alumnus and Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Robb Myer. Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Patent and Trademark Strategy

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 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 5, 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. Contact to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Sales and Marketing Strategies

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 8-9:30 am

Feel like nobody gets what your product really does? Need help simplifying your idea? Meet with Adam Paulisick, serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of sales and marketing at the CMU Tepper School of Business, to bring commercial clarity to your efforts. Contact to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Web & Mobile App Design - New!

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 9-11 am

Does your startup involve building a web or mobile application? The entrepreneurial-minded designers and developers at Roket can help you define feature set, product messaging, app architecture, user flows and interface, brand application and other design opportunities.
Sign up for a half-hour appointment.

Legal Office Hours

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 3-5 pm

Lawyers from Saul Ewing, LLP will hold office hours for the CMU startup community. Contact 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.



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 1, 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.


An insurance and health tech startup, founded by a CMU alumnus in the Washington, D.C. area, seeks a full-time, senior data scientist to advance its machine learning platform.

The company is developing IoT Wearable for workers that captures body movements and applied medical and ergonomic training to reduce lower back injuries. The data scientist will be an equity stakeholder, becoming a major force in the massive, untapped insurance and health industry market. Contact for more information.


CMU students with edtech startups are invited to apply to the newly formed EdTech Accelerator created by Intel Capital and Intel Education.

EdTech will provide customized guidance and a potential investment of up to $100K to help your ideas make an impact with students, teachers and administrators while connecting you with the Bay area education ecosystem. Apply by April 22, 2016.


Techstars IoT Accelerator is a 15-week, mentor-driven program with five partners; PwC, GE, Bosch, Verizon and SAP. Each partner has experience in sensor design, advanced manufacturing, software, big data analytics and business consulting. Techstars has invested in over 50 companies including Revolv (acquired by Nest), Owlet, Astro, Sphero and Filament.

The program's primary focus is to help startups that are positioned to rewire the infrastructure of the future with specific emphasis on:

• software and artificial intelligence
• connected enterprise
• smart cities and energy
• advanced manufacturing
• health and wearables
• logistics and automotive
• drones
• virtual and augmented reality
• robotics and agriculture
• the connected home

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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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