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.


Interested in a cool summer internship? Zappos seeks candidates in the following areas for their 2017 program:

• Merchandising
• Marketing
• Data science
• Tech
• Finance
• Creative services

Find out more and apply. Watch the video about the internship program.


CMU startup, SolePower, the shoe insert that powers your cell phone and other electronic devices, is seeking a part-time, contractor, or intern software developer to build real-time, visually appealing demos to help convey the technology's concept to potential users. Candidates should be proficient with using GUI's and have a basic understanding of uControllers, Bluetooth and associated languages. Find out more and how to 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.


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

Physical Prototyping - Weekly

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.

Legal Office Hours

Date: Friday, August 26, 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 30, 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.

Hardware Design Consulting for Startups

Date: Thursday, September 1, 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 specializing in IoT, semiconductors (passives, capacitors, electromechanical and connectors) and power supplies for all applications.

If you already have a design, submit it to Arrow's Certification program—a partnership with IndieGoGo—prior to your appointment with Arrow for engineering support and to certify your product based on its readiness for manufacturing and bill of materials.

Contact to schedule an appointment.

Sales and Marketing Strategies

Date: Friday , September 2, 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.

Patent and Trademark Strategy

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 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. 

The CIE and CTTEC hold joint office hours on Wednesdays at CMU in Gates, 6217.

Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship Office Hours

Are you a female entrepreneur seeking guidance for your idea? The Women's Business Center at Chatham University provides free business counseling and training. To request a counseling appointment, visit or call 412-365-1153.


Find out more about Pittsburgh's software accelerator, AlphaLab, by signing up for office hours.

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Wildcat Venture Partners

Application for Wildcat Venture Partners’ Scholarships in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

Apply online

Become a Project Olympus PROBE

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

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