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


CONNECTS: Financial Modeling

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Gates Hillman Center, 4405

If you’re going to start a company, mapping out your financial projections will be an important part of that process. Understanding how to incorporate assumptions and to discuss key terms such as burn rate, cash runway and EBITDA will allow you to more confidently support your projections to investors and fellow team members. Learn the basics and gain insight in this seminar led by Phil Compton, cofounder and CFO, Malcovery Security.

*NSF I-Corps Site Teams required to attend.

Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series: Javier Soltero

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: College of Fine Arts, Kresge Theater

CMU alumnus Javier Soltero has climbed to the top of the technology industry, becoming the corporate vice president of Outlook Program Management at Microsoft after selling his startup, Acompli to the company. Soltero will share his experiences in a talk entitled, "I Never Learned To Spell Successful." This event, co-sponsored by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is FREE and open to the public. Read Soltero's full bio.

Y Combinator at CMU

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Gates Hillman, Rashid Auditorium

Learn what it's really like to start a startup with Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and YC hardware guy Luke Iseman at this exciting talk that will reveal how to come up with the best idea and how to raise money from investors. Refreshments will be provided. Find out more.

Y Combinator Office Hours

Already have a startup idea and a team in place? Kevin and Luke of Y Combinator will conduct office hours from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm to give feedback on your idea. Office hours will be held in Gates Hillman Center, room 7501. Register for office hours.

Inside-Out Commercialization Workshops for Faculty, Postdocs and PhD Students

The Legal Needs of a Startup

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 1:15 pm
Location: Gates Hillman, 7101

Join the CMU/CIE in welcoming top-tier, Silicon Valley's law firm of choice, Latham and Watkins LLP for two workshops focused on the legal aspects of commercializing university research and ideas. Presented by Patrick Pohlen, Partner & Global Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Practice Group, and Ben Potter, Associate.

Sponsored by the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


All office hours take place at Project Olympus, 4620 Henry Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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

Patent/Trademark Strategy Office Hours

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

David Oberdick, Meyer Unkovic & Scott, counsels companies and individuals intellectual property matters including: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, software and technology licensing and more. He can also help with matters concerning entity formation, financing, acquisition due diligence, and review of employment and independent contractor agreements. Email to book an appointment.

Intellectual Property Office Hours

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Commercializing a new idea, or product? Introducing a new brand or service to the market? Find out what legal tools you can use to protect your ideas, products, brands or services from competitors. Early implementation of the right IP legal strategy can help to decrease the risk of others introducing your new brand or service into the market. Email to schedule a 30 minute appointment.

Hardware Design Consulting for Startups

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 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. All ideas are welcome.

Legal Office Hours

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015 (every other Friday)
Time: 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Need help with a legal question regarding your startup? Lawyers from Saul Ewing, LLP will hold free office hours for the CMU startup community. Contact to schedule a half-hour appointment.

Insurance Strategies for Startups

Date: Thursdays
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Find out what your startup should know about incorporation, contracting and insurance coverage from Sean Ruppert, Esq., a practicing business attorney and commercial insurance agent. Contact for an appointment.


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

CTTEC provides critical services to the CMU research community for building and spinning out new ventures. CTTEC's licensing managers hold weekly office hours around campus. Locations for office hours may change. Visit the website for more information:

Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Office Hours

Business Women: Need advice or have a business question? Call or e-mail Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship during our office hours every Monday from 12:00-2:00pm and one of our staff members will be available to talk with you about your business. Phone: 412-365-1253 Email: 

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CMU spin-off and LaunchCMU presenter Digital Dream Labs (DDL) is proud to offer their first product, Puzzlets, at a discount to CMU alumni and invitees of the upcoming LaunchCMU event on October 8, 2015. Puzzlets was named one of the three top coding toys of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal.

To redeem the discount, visit Digital Dream Labs, select “Buy Now" in the upper right corner and enter the discount code CMUALUMNI at checkout. This offer expires on October 15, 2015.


Are you passionate about sales, blogging and social media? The team at FutureDerm, a global online destination for intelligent, fun beauty geeks, is seeking talented, part-time, commission-only salespersons to join their team to help produce blog advertisements, posts and social/digital marketing assets for clients. Located in Pittsburgh's North Shore, FutureDerm offers a fun, energetic work environment. This position may become full-time for the right candidate. Previous sales experience preferred, but not required. Contact if interested and for more information.

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Become a Project Olympus PROBE

Have a startup idea? The Project Olympus incubator welcomes students, faculty and staff who are interested in exploring the possibility of creating a business. Find out more about the program and how to apply.

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Check out our weekly bulletin for information about upcoming events, opportunities, & deadlines.


Support Our Startups

Check out these crowdfunding campaigns from companies started at CMU with the help of CIE. 

AE Dreams Turtle Mail - Turtle Mail is a WiFi-connected, wooden mailbox that delivers messages from family, friends, and even fictional characters and toys. 

AbiliLife Calibrace- The world's first back brace for the movement impaired.