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


Wildcat Venture Partners


Wildcat Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies developing breakout solutions to high-value problems. In recognition of its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Wildcat Venture Partners is proud to offer two Scholarships in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Academic Year 2016-2017:

For Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Students:

The Wildcat Venture Partners’ Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Academic Year 2016-2017 is a one-time gift of $5,000 to support a promising graduate student entrepreneur. Wildcat will award scholarships to two candidates that successfully exhibit the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least the first year of a graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Good academic standing. We look for applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence, curiosity and creativity in some area of entrepreneurship. We look for graduate students who have challenged themselves with their academic programs and who demonstrate a passion for learning.
  • Evidence of pursuing an entrepreneurial path such as membership in the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (GEC), selection as a Swartz Fellow, or starting his or her own venture.
  • Interests in Wildcat’s thesis areas which include: IoT, Marketplaces, Digital Health, EdTech, FinTech, Marketing Technology, Enterprise and Consumer.

The Wildcat Venture Partners’ Scholarships in Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Academic Year 2016-2017 are open to both domestic and international students, enrolled at any CMU campus.

The deadline for application is Friday, September 9, 2016 at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST. The winner of this scholarship will be announced on the evening of Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Apply online.


Applications are being accepted for the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program, an initiative that fast-tracks the careers of CMU's graduate students who are passionate about entrepreneurship in the technology arena.

This highly-selective program develops each Fellow’s entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring and courses in entrepreneurship. The program's core is a mentored summer internship with a top-tier, VC-backed startup within the high-tech, high-growth environment in the Bay Area.

Apply by August 26, 2016.

This program is made possible by James R. Swartz (Tepper ’66), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with more than $8.8B under management.


The CMU CIE's Innovation Fellows Program helps to accelerate the process of commercializing university research. It aims to foster entrepreneurship among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty—the research personnel who work directly with faculty investigators to conduct scientific experiments, solve problems and innovate. Selected fellows receive a $50K contribution from the CIE. Apply by July 30, 2016.


Vrume, founded by CMU robotics master student Sean Bryan, provides analytics to help improve the performance of race car drivers. The company is looking for a full-stack developer to help build its initial platform. This is a paid position offering unprecedented access to local race tracks and race car drivers. Learn more about Vrume. Send inquiries and resumes to


Gecko Robotics automates industrial inspection and repair where existing processes are dangerous and inefficient. The company is hiring full-time developers to help program full-stack platforms that control the robots and analyze data.

Find out more and apply. Contact for more information.


The Village Capital Health: US 2016 program, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, is seeking applications from early-stage ventures with digital solutions to health problems frequently affiliated with low-income patients. This 12-day, three-month program will support entrepreneurs with an award-winning curriculum, mentorship from sector leaders and will foster engagement with potential strategic partners and investors.

At the end of the program, the top two ventures ranked highest by their peers will receive a $75K investment from VilCap Investments.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline to apply is August 1, 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.


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

Physical Prototyping - New!

Need help creating or improving a physical prototype for your startup? Meet with Uriel Eisen, chief product officer at CMU startup Rorus, Inc., who has experience building everything from backpacks to cars and robotic boats. He is also familiar with many manufacturing methods and resources.

Office hours will be held weekly. Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Office Hours with CIE Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 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.

Startup Strategy and Advice

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 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 hypotheses to test and find the right tools to test them
• 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, July 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.

Legal Office Hours

Date: Friday, July 29, 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.

Design Thinking for Startups

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 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.

Strategic Sales Advice

Date: Tuesday, August, 2, 2016
Time: 2-4 pm

Meet with Bruce E. G. Smith, a successful serial salesman/consultant for startups, for help with your sales strategy, managing your sales team and getting in the door. Email to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Patent and Trademark Strategy

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 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.


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.

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Application for Wildcat Venture Partners’ Scholarships in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Deadline is Friday, September 9, 2016 at 5 PM PST

Apply online

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Project Olympus welcomes students, faculty and staff who are interested in creating a business. Find out more about the program.

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