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


Paypal Founder Levchin Visiting CMU

Tuesday, October 21
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Gates Hillman Center (details below)

Max Levchin, an entrepreneur, investor in early-stage startups and co-founder of PayPal and Yelp, will visit CMU on Tuesday, October 21 as part of a University Tech Tour organized by HVF, Levchin's San Francisco-based innovation and investment lab.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Open Pitch with Max Levchin and HVF

Gates Hillman, Room 4405

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Reception hosted by Affirm and the CMU School of Computer Science

Rashid Auditorium Commons

5:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Max Levchin

Rashid Auditorium, Gates Hillman, Room 4401

How to Start a Business on a Student Visa

Wednesday, October 22
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
CMU/Hamburg Hall, Room 236
Register *by October 16
*Second session offered in January, 2015

Please join us as Larry Lebowitz and David Kalson of Cohen & Grigsby give advice on how to start a new business on a student visa. Light refreshments will be provided.

CMU Startup, Simple Information Session

Thursday, October 23
5:45 pm to 8:00 pm
CMU/Warner Hall, Room 5415

Come hang out with the founders of Simple and hear about the future of banking at this exciting talk and reception. Founded in 2009 by CMU alumni Shamir Karkal and Joshua Reich, Simple combines innovative technology, impeccable user experience and expertise in behavioral economics to help customers spend smarter and save more. Simple customers receive a Simple Visa® debit card that's tied to an FDIC-insured account offering powerful budgeting tools and no surprise fees, all accessible via mobile and online apps.

CONNECTS: Agile Product Development

Wednesday, October 29
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Gates Hillman Center, 6115

Learn an iterative and interactive framework to manage the process of building your startup's technology solution from Sean Ammirati, partner at Birchmere Labs and Birchmere Ventures. Learn specific tips for implementing this process in your venture and hear case studies from local Pittsburgh companies who have taken advantage of these techniques. Sean was previously the COO of ReadWriteWeb and the co-founder and CEO of mSpoke.

*NSF I-Corps Site Program Required to Attend*

START SMART: Protecting Your Company's IP

Thursday, October 30
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, Room 111

Learn the answers to these issues:

    How to protect your company's IP
    How not to infringe on another's IP
    How to handle IP created by your employees, including non-compete clauses
    Which to use: copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets
    First to file vs first to invent: changes in US patent law

Presented by Mike Lazzara,  K&L Gates.

*NSF I-Corps Site Program Required to Attend*

CONNECTS: Art of the Pitch

Friday, October 31
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Gates Hillman, Room 4405

Is your pitch effective? Learn about the strategies, tactics and rationale for the successful investor pitch with guest Desmond O'Connor of Innovation Works. Des works with startup-technology companies to identify and address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning.

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Entrepreneurial Opportunities


AlphaLab is a nationally ranked startup accelerator that helps innovative technology companies launch quickly and successfully.  Many high-growth startup companies that originated in AlphaLab include NoWait, Shoefitr, BlackLocus and Sole Power. Find out more about AlphaLab during their office hours.

AlphaLab Office Hours
Date: October 21, 2014
Location: Project Olympus


Have a legal question about your startup? Ask startup lawyer F.J. Lucchino during legal office hours held at Project Olympus. Space is limited to four half-hour meetings starting at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30. Advance sign-up is required. There is no charge for this half-hour meeting. Open to the CMU startup community. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:00 am to 1:00 pm (half hour meetings)
Project Olympus, 4620 Henry Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Next Gauge, creators of a smartphone app for truck drivers, is adding some tech-savvy folks to its Pittsburgh team. They are looking for a senior software engineer, mobile developer (iOS or Android) and a design technologist. For more information and to apply, email or visit

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